October event to benefit the Ment’Or USA Foundation is part of Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

MILWAUKEE - August 18, 2015 – Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro will host five culinary superstars on October 19 for a special fundraising dinner to benefit the biennial international Bocuse d’Or culinary competition. These chefs will work together to create an amazing French meal and share stories of the world’s most famous culinary competition.

Scheduled to appear are: Philip Tessier, Culinary Director, Heston Vineyards, Napa; Jerome Bocuse, Les Chefs de France, Epcot, Orlando; Gavin Kaysen, Chef/Owner, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis; Paul Bartolotta, Chef/Co-Owner, The Bartolotta Restaurants, Milwaukee; Adam Siegel, Executive Chef, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, Milwaukee, and Jean-Luc Colombo, Owner/Winemaker Vins Jean-Luc Colombo, France. The dinner will be held on Monday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling (414) 962-6300.

Foodies in the United States were electrified and overjoyed when Team USA finally reached the medal podium at the biennial Bocuse d’Or culinary competition in Lyon, France this past January. Chef Philip Tessier achieved this wonderful feat, supported by the Ment’Or USA Foundation led by Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse. Head Coach Gavin Kaysen (a former contestant) and the Culinary Council provided assistance.

The road to Lyon is long and expensive. Training, equipment, and travel costs are significant. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. team is not funded by the government and relies on donations and sponsorships. Fundraising events like this dinner are critical for the team to compete and win.

This event will be Bartolotta’s third significant donation to the Ment’Or USA Foundation. Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud both previously visited Milwaukee to be featured chefs in cookbook dinners which were also fundraising events. In recognition of Paul Bartolotta’s work on the Culinary Council, Joe and Paul Bartolotta have donated approximately $15,000 to each event. This will be the first event solely devoted to raising funds for the organization.

Jean-Luc Colombo, one of the top wine producers in the Rhone Valley, is a personal friend of the Bocuse family and will fly in from France for this special evening. He has graciously donated his own superlative wines for this great dinner and cause.

Bartolotta’s welcomes these top culinary professionals to Milwaukee, as part of Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro’s 20th Anniversary celebration year.