Wausau Community Outreach

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Community Outreach

* Downtown Grocery participates in Community Activities and Educational Events:

Wausau, June 2013, Graduate Students, UWSP-School of Health Promotion & Human Development
--- Downtown Grocery's Kevin Korpela talked with Graduate Students from the UW-Stevens Point Dietetics Program about Downtown Grocery's philosophy about local-organic food and its connection to place.


Wausau, June 2013, Everest Eagles 4-H group
--- As a follow-up to the presentation for the Everest Eagles 4-H Marathon County in December 2012, the 4-H members visited Downtown Grocery to experience first-hand the store.


Rothschild, December 2012, Everest Eagles 4-H group
--- Downtown Grocery's Kevin Korpela and Be Well's Megan Curtes talked with Middle-School and High-School students from the Everest Eagles 4-H Marathon County about Downtown Grocery and Be Well's attention to food and its connection to place.


Rothschild, June 2009, "June Bug Festival", St Marks Church
--- Downtown Grocery donated a gift certificate for this annual fundraising event for the parish.


Wausau, May 2009, "CVA Art Auction", Center for the Visual Arts
--- Downtown Grocery donated four types of certificates for this annual fundraising event for the CVA. Certificates included the following: 1) Grocery Gift Certificate, 2) Ten "Tomato" Gift Certificates, 3) Cooking Class Girft Certiicate, and 4) "Hemlock Cabin" rental cabin certificate


Wausau, 4/30/09, Guest Lecturer, UW-Marathon County
--- Kevin Korpela was a guest lecturer at the UWMC for the class titled, "Environmental Science Course on Urbanization and Sustainable Cities" for the Instructor Dr. Louis Pech. The lecture was titled:

         
Small City Downtowns. Once Forgotten, Now Found
         - Downtowns are the historic city centers but they need...
         "more feet on the street" to return these centers to the city."


Green Bay, April 2009, Food Show sponsored by a primary vendor
--- Downtown Grocery Staff attend a food show in Green Bay.


Wausau, March 2009, "Fundraising Event", College of Beauty
--- Downtown Grocery donated a gift certificate for this annual fundraising event.


Wausau, March 2009, UWMC "Eats" Event for student scholarships
--- Downtown Grocery introduced new items "Made in our Kitchen" such as Tomato Achar (an Indian-style chutney) for this UWMC Foundation fundraising event.


Wausau, October 16, 2008, "Recapturing Your Downtown" 2008 Conference
--- Downtown Grocery Staff invited to present a lecture for a conference break-put session. The lecture was titled:

         
Downtown Grocery in Nine Parts
         - How does a Farmer and an Architect Build Community by Growing a Local Food Economy?


Chicago, August 2008, Food Show sponsored by a primary vendor
--- Downtown Grocery Staff attend a food show in Chicago.


Wausau, May 2008, "CVA Art Auction", Center for the Visual Arts
--- Downtown Grocery donated four types of certificates for this annual fundraising event for the CVA. Certificates included the following: 1) Grocery Gift Certificate, 2) Ten "Tomato" Gift Certificates, 3) Cooking Class Girft Certiicate, and 4) "Hemlock Cabin" rental cabin certificate


Green Bay, April 2008, Food Show sponsored by a primary vendor
--- Downtown Grocery Staff attend a food show in Green Bay.


Wausau, March 2008, UWMC "Eats" Event for student scholarships
--- Downtown Grocery Staff featured breads and bars that she typically prepares for Downtown Grocery each Monday afternoon for this UWMC Foundation fundraising event.


Rothschild, February 2008, Badger State Games
--- Downtown Grocery Staff prepared a Vegetarian Chili for the community members and athletes attending the Saturday evening Winter Festival held inside the historic Rothschild Pavilion located in the Village of Rothschild. A display of fireworks served to close the Festival evening!


Wausau, January 2008, YWCA's "Men Who Cook" 2008 Fundraising Event
--- Downtown Grocery offered discounts to all Chefs preparing dinner for eight guests each at 24+ tables and donated ingredients for the Shawn VanDalfsen and Kevin Eichelberger table to raise funds for YWCA programs! Shawn owns VanDalfsen's, 402 Third Street, Wausau [Note: VanDalfsen's closed in Winter 2008]. Kevin owns Red Eye Brewing opening on 612 Washington Street, Wausau. In addition, Kevin Korpela (co-owner of Downtown Grocery) served as Chef #3 to assist Mr. VanDalfsen and Mr. Eichelberger in preparing dinner for our eight guests.


Wausau, November 2007, UU Church, Alternative Holiday Market 2007
--- Kevin Korpela hosted a booth at the "Alternative Holiday Market" with 20+ other businesses and artisans held inside the UU Church, 5th & Grant Streets, the weekend after the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. The Market was organized by the Simple & Sustainable Living Network of Central Wisconsin.


Wausau, November 2007, Food and fashion display for the annual Festival of Trees 2007
--- Downtown Grocery donated four baskets for this Aspirus Hospital Fundraising Event held at the Rose Garden and partnered with Van Dalfsen's in organizing a combination food and fashion display.


Stevens Point, November 2007, Farmshed.org
--- Local Food Tribute Dinner and Auction

Downtown Grocery donated a gift certificate for the silent auction to raise money to increase the awareness of local food options in Central Wisconsin. The Local Food Tribute Dinner and Auction provided an evening of nourishing food, music and conversation to celebrate Central Wisconsinís local food culture.


Weston, October 2007, Greenheck Fan Corporation Health Fair
--- Downtown Grocery Staff hosted a booth and enjoyed good conversations with employees of Greenheck Fan.


Wausau, October 2007, Citizen Wausau.com Launch Party
--- Downtown Grocery provided veggie pizzas, black bean salad, tomato salsa and chips to celebrate the launch of Wausau's newest blog, Citizen Wausau.


Wausau, October 2007, Mike Tewes Benefit Concert
--- Downtown Grocery donated a gift certificate to raise money at this benefit concert and auction to help pay the medical bills for Mike Tewes' chemo treatments.


Green Bay, October 2007, Food Show sponsored by a primary vendor
--- Downtown Grocery Staff attended a food show in Green Bay.


Wausau, September 2007, Artfest 10K Run/Walk 2007
--- Downtown Grocery was a sponsor for this annual run/walk held during the Art Festival Weekend.


Chicago, August 2007, Food Show sponsored by a primary vendor
--- Downtown Grocery Staff attend a food show in Chicago.


Wausau, June 2007, "Wausau's Best The Ultimate Gift Basket"
--- Downtown Grocery donated a gift certificate and two food items to the "Wausau's Best The Ultimate Gift Basket" for a silent auction to support the New Addition Building Fund for the Covenant Community Presbyterian Church.


Wausau, April 2007, Wausau Half-Marathon
--- Downtown Grocery donated Spicy Indian Dahl soup and goodie bags with blue corn chips for the runners after the race inside the Wausau Center Mall.


Wausau, April 2007, Grebe's Cooking Class titled "Organic Delights"
--- Downtown Grocery Staff were featured for a cooking class titled, "Organic Delights: tasty vegetarian cooking with local and organic ingredients."


Wausau, March 2007, UWMC "Eats" Event for student scholarships
--- Downtown Grocery Staff featured a Southwestern Chili and Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad for this fundraising event for the UWMC Foundation.


Wausau, January 2007, YWCA Wausau's "Men Who Cook" 2007 Fundraising Event
--- Downtown Grocery provided nearly all of the ingredients for one of the 24 tables and we provided a discount to the other 23 male cooks whom prepared dinner for their eight guests for this annual event.


Weston, Fall 2006, Weston Half-Marathon 2006
--- Downtown Grocery was a sponsor for this run/walk.


Wausau, September 2006, Artfest 10K Run/Walk 2006
--- Downtown Grocery was a sponsor for this annual run/walk held during the Art Festival Weekend.


Wausau, May 2006, UU Church Friday Forum
--- Downtown Grocery Staff discussed their "Food Philosophy" at a Friday Forum.