Fast Food Meets Fine Dining at SHARP Unwrapped, Drive-Thru Edition

Local chefs will once again create delicious dishes using McDonald’s ingredients at this year’s annual Unwrapped fundraiser to benefit SHARP Literacy.

But these dishes will be delivered in a very different way. Due to restrictions on large gatherings, SHARP Literacy has turned its annual culinary fundraiser into a unique driving experience.

SHARP Unwrapped To Go, taking place at South Second, 838 S. 2nd St., Thursday, July 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will always feature chef-created dishes for guests to enjoy. But these dishes will be ordered and picked up at the event’s socially distant drive-thru “window”.

Chefs attending this year’s event will include Alexa and Matt Alfaro of Meat on the Street; Jeff Badders of MOVIDA and Don’s Grocery & Liquor; Harbor House Chef John Korycki and Saz’s Hospitality Group Chef Brian Taborski.

Unity through diversity

Taborski, who has participated in SHARP Unwrapped since 2018, is behind the theme of the event, which will be “Unity through diversity”. The theme will guide participating chefs to create their dishes to celebrate Milwaukee’s cultural diversity which is at the heart of SHARP Literacy.

“With SHARP Unwrapped, the expectation has always been for chefs to create completely new dishes that literally create art with food,” Taborski noted in a statement on the event. “Now, working with the inspired theme of diversity, we will collaborate on a cohesive meal that will bring a new twist to the varied ethnic flavors of Milwaukee in a way that will remind us of our strong multicultural community. ”

Unwrapped auction

In addition to supporting SHARP with their time and talents, participating chefs and other local restaurants in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties are offering dining experiences through a virtual auction that will run alongside the drive-through event.

The auction will start on July 23 and end on July 30, the night of the event.
Additional information about the Unwrapped To Go virtual auction will be shared on SHARP Literacy’s Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as online in the coming weeks.

All proceeds from the event and auction will support SHARP Literacy, an organization that focuses on improving the literacy skills of urban elementary students in schools in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine. Due to school closures in recent months, many of these students will face a six-month learning loss when they return to traditional classrooms in the fall, making the work of SHARP more important than ever.

The funds will support SHARP’s innovative classroom and online STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programming that helps bridge the learning gap for these students and inspires them to become lifelong learners. .

SHARP Unwrapped has become one of Milwaukee’s most anticipated events of the year, but in the interests of the safety of our guests and volunteers, we needed to use the same creative and problem-solving skills we teach at our students to reimagine the whole event in new ways, ”said Lynda Kohler, President and CEO of SHARP Literacy.

“While this is not the way we planned to celebrate Unwrapped’s fifth anniversary, we are truly excited to create a memorable and special way for the community to support SHARP at a time when this is extremely important.”

Get your tickets

Individual tickets for SHARP Unwrapped To Go start at $ 50.00 and can be purchased online.

SHARP donors who are unable to pick up their meals at the drive-thru on July 30 are encouraged to donate a dinner to the Ronald McDonald House Family Meal Program. This program allows up to 70 families per night to enjoy a meal after a long day in the hospital.

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