Café Centraal's All-Local Sausage Throwdown
A panel of sausage experts that includes Lowlands restaurant owners and the organization's new culinary director, Wilhelm Borgstrom, will pick the winner.
“Sausage is a really key culinary focus of the Lowlands region, so chef Borgstrom wanted to see for himself what's out there,” says Eli Rivera, Café Centraal's general manager. “This is our way of making sure we're serving the best sausage at our restaurants.”
Confirmed sausage makers competing in the event on Saturday, Sept. 10, include Buddy's Meat Market, Bunzel's Old Fashioned Meat Market, C & R Market, Glorioso Bros. Italian Foods, Just Italians, Ray's Butcher Shoppe and Lowlands' current sausage supplier, Rupena's Fine Foods. A $10 all-you-can-eat sausage deal will let spectators sample them all.
The event runs from 2 to 8 p.m. and will also feature live music and a hot-dog eating contest, as well as a host of locally made products, including drinks from Lakefront Brewery, the Great Lakes Distillery and Point Brewery, and sausage and hot-dog buns from Breadsmith and Wild Flour Bakery, respectively. Proceeds benefit the veterans-aid organization the Wounded Warrior Project.