Event Details

A Taste of Spring

Monday, May 7, 2018
5:00 PM
Peppercorn Banquet Room-Ludlow Mansion
1417 Mansion Drive
Monroe, Wisconsin


Monroe Arts Center (MAC) is pleased to announce its signature A Taste of Spring dinner fundraiser scheduled to take place on Monday, May 7, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Peppercorn Banquet Room, 1417 Mansion Drive, Monroe, Wisconsin. This year’s event features the culinary artistry of Executive Chef Olivia Oltrogge and Sous Chef David Geske of Minhas Kitchen. Together, the chefs developed a special six course dinner, each course incorporating artisan spirits from Minhas Distillery, and locally-sourced ingredients. It's an elegant evening you won't want to miss.

Oltrogge, a self-taught chef, literally worked her way to the top of her chosen profession. She stumbled into food service as a full-time high school student, working in delicatessen prep. She soon discovered a passion for food and never left the kitchen.

More than fourteen years later, Oltrogge now works as an executive chef with award-winning recipes to her credit. She previously worked as the Lead Fine Dining Chef for The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, serving executives, famous NFL players, and other sports figures. When Minhas Kitchen opened, Oltrogge was tapped to help get Monroe’s newest restaurant started. A year later, she’s still there and loving every minute.

When Oltrogge transferred to Minhas Kitchen there was never a question who she wanted as a Sous Chef: David Geske.  Their culinary careers have intertwined for years. Geske’s worked alongside Oltrogge at The Abbey Resort, Coachman’s Golf Resort in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and now Minhas Kitchen. Another accidental chef, Geske studied motorcycle maintenance and took a second job at the Abbey as a dishwasher. Years later, having moved up the ladder, he found himself completely immersed in cooking and catering.

The two chefs play to each other’s strengths. Oltrogge specializes in pastas and soups while Geske is known for superb grilled meats and scrumptious side dishes. They have developed every unique recipe on the Minhas Kitchen menu. But Oltrogge said, “It is special events, like A Taste of Spring, that keeps us innovating and growing.”  She adds, “We are excited and honored to serve at this event.”

Oltrogge and Geske’s menu will play perfectly alongside the wine pairings selected by wine expert Steve Borowski. Borowski loves to feature wines that are both affordable and locally available. He has served as the wine sommelier at previous A Taste of Spring events, and has been a judge for international wine competitions. Borowski is Director of Facility Services and Operations Effectiveness at Monroe Clinic and dreams of one day opening a wine store.

A Taste of Spring is more than a dinner, it’s an event. Monroe Arts Center invites you to support this elegant evening of extraordinary cuisine, paired wines, fine beer, live music, and exciting auctions by attending A Taste of Spring at Peppercorn Banquet Room (Ludlow Mansion) on Monday, May 7.
Maybe you'd like to consider purchasing a table for eight? This is a great way for a business to show appreciation to their employees. Or how about just for a group of eight friends to enjoy an elegant evening out together?  A portion of your ticket purchase to this event is tax-deductible. Individual tickets are $85 ($50 is tax-deductible) and tables of eight are $550 ($300 is tax-deductible). For reservations or additional information call 608-325-5700 by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 27.

Please join us for this grand opportunity to gather and celebrate the arts!  We look forward to seeing you.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cocktail Hour: 5:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm

Table of Eight $550 ($300 is tax-deductible)
Individual Seating $85 ($50 is tax-deductible)
RSVP by Friday, April 27, 2018

If you have not received a mailed invitation to this event in the past and would like to do so, contact the Monroe Arts Center
at 608-325-5700.