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2nd Annual Motown Macdown to Benefit Justin’s Vision, Creating Magic Moments for Sick Children

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Eight of Detroit’s legendary chefs will face off in the 2nd Annual Motown Macdown on Wednesday, December 5th starting at 6pm at One-Eyed Betty's  (175 West Troy Ave., Ferndale).  The macaroni and cheese “throw down” will benefit Justin's Vision, a non-profit organization that helps Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy a happy, carefree vacation experience, along with their families. 


Mark Ridley of Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle will emcee the competition.  Tickets are $35 each and on sale now at http://macdown.eventbrite.com/#  with all net proceeds benefiting Justin’s Vision.  Guests will enjoy macaroni and cheese from the celebrity chefs. Sponsor, Garden Fresh Gourmet will provide a host of savory side dishes.  Guests will also sample baked goods from Ethel's EdiblesZoup's signature soups, original ice cream from Hudsonville Ice Cream, and specialty sandwiches from the Panini Press.


Chefs scheduled to participate in the 2nd Annual Motown Macdown:


 2011 Macdown Champion Brian Polycn (Forest Grill), Ray Backers (Town Tavern), Daniel Watts (Bakers Keyboard Lounge), Dan Campbell (Bella Piatti/Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro), Dan and Lindsay Gearing (Mac Shack), Ricky McCormick (Local Kitchen & Bar), George Vutetakis (Garden Fresh Gourmet),  Emmele Herrold (One-Eyed Betty’s)


An all-star line-up of local celebrities will judge the winner of this year’s Macdown:


Alan Longstreet (Fox 2 News), Michael Stone and Bill McAllister (97.1 the Ticket), Paradime (hip hop artist and Kid Rock’s touring DJ), Angela Venditti (Miss Michigan), Aaron Cozadd (Executive Chef at Vinsetta Garage, the Woodshop, and the Union), Dean Bach (Chef at Dino's Lounge).


The RJ Spangler Trio and Friends will perform live blues and jazz to entertain the crowd.


Justin’s Vision is a non-profit organization dedicated to letting kids be kids. They exist to help Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy a happy, carefree vacation experience, along with their families, that they’ll cherish for all time. Through their partnership with Give Kids the World, Justin’s Vision provides magical moments in a fun, safe environment with other kids and families that are facing similar challenges.  For more information, visit them at justinsvision.org

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