The Cedar Valley Hy-Vee stores and the Waterloo Center for the Arts raised more than $17,500 through the 6th annual Stem & Stein: Food, Beer & Wine Fest, held in August. Hy-Vee presented a check for $17,706.56 on October 31.
The funds will support the center’s nonprofit, Friends of the Waterloo Center for the Arts. The event had a record attendance of more than 900 people and exceeded last year’s fundraising totals.
Stem & Stein attracted people to downtown Waterloo at the RiverLoop Expo Plaza to experience a wide selection of craft and domestic beers, wines and food created by top local chefs. Festival admission, which could be purchased in advance at local Hy-Vee stores, included unlimited samples and a commemorative tasting glass. VIP admission included unlimited samples, a Riedel glass and access to the Hy-Vee VIP tent which included exclusive tastings.
The wine and beer exhibitors, along with the Hy-Vee Chef food booths, showcased to attendees what their local Hy-Vee store can provide for them. Awards were presented by a panel of judges, which included Mayor Quentin Hart. Waterloo No. 3’s Chef William Gerstenberger received the “Best Seafood Entrée” award this year.
“Receiving the award for my Bourbon Salmon dish from Mayor Quentin Hart made it extra special,” said Chef William. “I was very proud to represent Hy-Vee.”
The Waterloo Center for the Arts works in partnership with the community to build a stronger appreciation for the arts and to provide cultural experiences for people of all ages. The center has a wide variety of unique, hands-on programs and exhibits.
“The money raised from Stem & Stein, which is half of the Friends budget, will go toward putting on different classes and workshops for kids, adults and families in the community,” said Kent Shankle, director of the Waterloo Center for the Arts. “We truly value our partnership with Hy-Vee.”
Pictured from left to the right: Travis Wirth, store director at Waterloo No. 1; Joe Robinson store director at Waterloo No. 4; Chef Chris Meyers from Waterloo No. 1; Jason Busswitz, store director at Waverly; Dave Blum, store director at Cedar Falls; Caleb Krecklow, store director at Waterloo No. 3; Rich Sherer, store director at Waterloo No. 2; Kent Shankle, director of the Waterloo Center for the Arts; and Brooke McKinstry, assistant marketing coordinator for the Cedar Valley Hy-Vee stores.