Top Chefs to Showcase Culinary Talents at 2nd Annual Milwaukee Fundraiser Gala

, By Jon Drewsen

Clean Wisconsin’s Epicurean Evening celebrates a healthy environment with great food

Madison, Wis. – Clean Wisconsin, the state’s oldest and largest environmental nonprofit, is bringing its annual celebration of Wisconsin’s healthy environment back to the shores of Lake Michigan.

For 47 years, Clean Wisconsin has worked to protect the state’s clean water and clean air, and on June 8th the organization will host its 2nd annual Epicurean Evening fundraising gala at Discovery World.

“The connection between a healthy environment and high-quality food is simple: we need clean air and water to be able to produce safe, healthy, and delicious food,” said James Beard Award-winning chef Adam Siegel, Executive Chef of Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. “Without clean air or clean water this would not be possible.”

Siegel, who returns to Epicurean Evening for a second year, is joined by fellow James Beard Award-winner Justin Aprahamian, Executive Chef and owner of Sanford; and Peter Sandroni, Executive Chef and owner of La Merenda and Engine Company 3.

“We are thrilled to showcase three of Milwaukee’s finest culinary masters at this year’s gala,” said Clean Wisconsin President & CEO Mark Redsten. “We’re so fortunate in Wisconsin to have natural resources that allow farmers to produce premium ingredients. What better way to celebrate and raise awareness of the need to protect our clean water and air than by bringing people around a dinner table to enjoy incredible food?”

The event kicks off with a cocktail hour featuring specialty drinks crafted by local mixologists. A wine pull and a live auction are also on tap for the evening. All proceeds support Clean Wisconsin’s statewide work to preserve and protect Wisconsin’s clean air, clean water, and natural heritage.

“I offered to volunteer my time to Epicurean Evening because without Clean Wisconsin, the fight to ensure a safe environment for our agriculture would be much more difficult,” Siegel said.

Clean Wisconsin works throughout the state to protect our drinking water and waterways from overuse and contamination. Over the last years the organization has focused efforts in the Milwaukee area. Recently Clean Wisconsin partnered with pharmacies and health care organizations to keep pharmaceuticals out of the water by making it easier to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs. Clean Wisconsin was also the leading advocate for a successful ban on the sale and use of toxic tar-based driveway sealants in Milwaukee.

Tickets for the 2nd annual Epicurean Evening are $150 each, or $1,200 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, or to learn more about the event, chefs, and sponsors, visit