Posts tagged with "Memorial Day"

Fat Joe – Memorial Day

DAYLIGHT Beach Club, located at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, jump-started Sunday’s festivities with hip-hop icon Fat Joe performing Sunday, May 29. American model and television personality Amber Rose, sports journalist Jemele Hill, actor and comedian Bill Bellamy and hip-hop artists Uncle Luke, a founding member of 2 Live Crew, and N.O.R.E., also surprised partygoers with appearances at the beach club. Later that night, LIGHT Nightclub inside Mandalay Bay hosted singer, songwriter and actor Miguel for a rousing performance where Chance the Rapper was in attendance to show his support. Earlier in the weekend, rap artist and singer Don Toliver gave an electrifying performance at LIGHT, Saturday, May 28.

Fat Joe arrived at DAYLIGHT late Sunday afternoon and took the stage around 5 p.m. for a show that had the crowd on its feet and dancing to his biggest hits. The GRAMMY-nominated and certified platinum selling artist performed a mix of his most recognizable songs including Lean Back and What’s Luv? Joined by N.O.R.E., Hill and Bellamy, the group of celebrities sang All the Way Up before Uncle Luke took the stage for a surprise performance of 2 Live Crew’s Yakety Yak Rose came on stage to support the performers and waved to fans throughout the set. While at the popular beach club, the group sipped on Ace of Spades Brut Champagne, Hennessy, Cîroc and Clase Azul tequila.

Following on Sunday night, singer and songwriter Miguel joined LIGHT Nightclub for a 40-minute performance of some of his most popular singles. Arriving around 12:30 a.m. with his wife and several friends, Miguel, in distressed jeans, white cutoff t-shirt and bomber jacket, went straight to the DJ booth where he was seen dancing and engaging with both DJ Five and the crowd. Shortly before 2 a.m., Miguel took over the microphone, singing Sure Thing, Don’t Forget My Love, Adorn, and Skywalker among others which had the crowd grooving late into the night. During the set, hip-hop superstar Chance the Rapper arrived at the nightclub where he sang along to Miguel’s music while drinking Casamigos Blanco.

Don Toliver lit up Saturday night, arriving at LIGHT around 1:30 a.m., he was joined by his girlfriend and “Telepatía” singer Kali Uchis, Travis Scott’s parents Wanda and Jaques Webster as well as a large group of friends. Toliver headed straight to the DJ booth upon arrival before he took the stage for a stellar 45-minute performance including hit songs Lemonade, After Party, No Idea, among others that combined reach more than 2 billion plays on Spotify. Toliver’s performance was a full production including a keyboardist and a DJ. The group enjoyed sipping on Don Julio 1942, Casamigos Blanco and Moet champagne throughout the evening. Toliver departed the club shortly after his performance around 3 a.m.

LIGHT is open from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights and has provided guests with a world-class experience combining a state-of-the-art sound system with massive LED screens since opening in 2013. Since reopening its doors in February, the nightclub has hosted performances by Wyclef Jean, Sam Hunt, Iggy Azalea and Ludacris, LIGHT continues the star-studded lineup in June with Lucky Daye and 6LACK among other talent to be announced. For more information, including admission and VIP pricing, please go HERE.

Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, DAYLIGHT Beach Club is the place to be for a luxuriously entertaining pool experience with its 50,000-square-foot space including a 4,400-square-foot main pool and two additional private pools for cabana guests. DAYLIGHT is also open from 10 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday nights for its popular “DAYLIGHT at Night” parties. For more information, including special event pricing or to make reservations, please visit daylightvegas.com or call 702-632-4700.

​​Spanning 50,000 square feet at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, DAYLIGHT Beach Club offers a picturesque resort beach club experience with a massive main pool as well as two private pools for cabana guests. For an elevated beach club experience, DAYLIGHT offers daybeds, banquettes and bungalows, available with reservations. DAYLIGHT’s exceptional hand-crafted cocktails, poolside bites and VIP bottle service come together with a stellar roster of international DJs and performing artists. DAYLIGHT is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday as well as 10 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday nights for “DAYLIGHT at Night.” More information is on the website at www.daylightvegas.com as well as on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay merges cutting-edge creativity with popular music to produce unrivaled nightlife entertainment. LIGHT’s DJs play a wide range of popular hits with performers and dancers immersing the crowd in a pulsating party vibe set to state-of-the-art sound and lighting. LIGHT’s massive LED screens captivate the senses and a world-class sound system keeps energy high. LIGHT is open from 10:30 p.m. – 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. More information is available on their website HERE and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Stuffed Cheddar Burger via Alexandra Seibt for Berk Communications for use by 360 Magazine

Stuffed Cheddar Burger

With summer quickly approaching, it is time to get by the pool, relax, and grill some delicious food. Every year, May 28th marks National Burger Day, ironically this year, it coincides with Memorial Day weekend! With that in mind, The Cheesecake Factory has the perfect treat to wow all your family and friends at this year’s cook-out.

The iconic restaurant brand has shared their recipe for the Stuffed Cheddar Burger. Nothing screams summer like a BBQ! With National Burger Day falling on the Saturday of MDW, now you have the perfect excuse to make this decadent and classic burger at home from The Cheesecake Factory.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Ground Beef 80/20
  • 1 slice Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 slice American Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. Coarse Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Black Pepper, ground
  • 1 ea. Hamburger Bun
  • 1 Tbl. Butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. Coarse Salt                
  • 1/8 tsp. Black Pepper, ground
  • 1 Tbl.1000 Island
  • 1/2 oz. Iceberg Lettuce, sliced thin
  • 1 slice Tomato
  • 5 ea. Dill Pickle Chips
  • 1-1/2 oz. Caramelized Onions

Procedure for stuffing burger patty

Place plastic wrap onto a clean work surface. Mound the ground beef onto the center. Place another piece over the mound. Use a flat-bottomed pan or pot to press the meat out into a patty approximately 8″ in diameter. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap. Place the cheese slices, stacked onto the patty.  Break off the corners of the cheese and place onto the rounded slices before carefully folding the excess meat over the cheese, covering it completely. Use the plastic wrap to help fold the meat over the cheese and press to form a patty. Repeat the process as needed (if making more than 1) and wrap the patties individually in plastic to store. Let the patties rest under refrigeration for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking and up to 24 hours. 

Assembling Burger

Place the prepped stuffed cheddar burger patty onto the grill and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for 2 minutes then turn the burger 45° to mark and cook an additional 2 minutes. Brush the melted butter onto the cut sides of the bun and place (cut side down) onto a gridle or non-stick pan to toast approx. 30-60 seconds. Remove the bun and set aside until needed. Flip the burger over and cook 2 minutes. Turn the burger 45° to mark and continue to cook 2 minutes. Season the burger with salt and pepper just before removing it from the grill. Spread the dressing evenly over the bottom. Mound the iceberg lettuce onto the bottom bun.  Top with the tomato slice and pickle chips. Set the burger on top of the pickle chips. Mound the warm onions evenly onto the burger. Place the top bun onto the burger and enjoy! Be careful, the cheese in the center will be very hot!

Memorial Day illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Memorial Day Guide

To honor the service of countless military personnel that have served the United States, 360 Magazine has compiled a thorough guide of keepsakes to gift to those nearest to you this season.

BBQGuys Grilling Products

A staple within the grilling community, BBQGuys is sporting a lucrative Memorial Day Sale on an assortment of grills and accessories. With up to 60% off products, this deal lasts until June 6 to ensure you obtain your desired products.

Some of the best deals include…

Make sure to check out the entire BBQGuys sale HERE.

Caesars Entertainment Discounts

All Caesars Entertainment resorts are offering extra discounts of up to 35% off for veterans and active-duty military.

The 2022 Memorial Day military hotel offer details include…

  • Stacked military discount of 15%, in addition to the best available rate
  • Available to book through Thursday, May 26 to Tuesday, May 31
  • Book directly HERE 
  • Deal types not eligible for additional discount in combination include Caesars Rewards loyalty member offers, room packages, and promotions with property and/or room add-ons/inclusions (show tickets, food credits, resort credits, etc.)
  • More details can be found HERE
Memorial Day illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

The Meaning Behind Memorial Day

THE MEANING BEHIND MEMORIAL DAY

By: Heather Skovlund-Reibsamen

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” – Maya Angelou

Memorial Day, once referred to as Decoration Day, is an American holiday in the United States that honors military personnel along as well as mourn those that we have lost along the way. Decoration Day was for decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. Memorial Day is formerly observed on the last Monday of May each year. It is a solemn day, but it is also important to reflect upon, appreciate and be thankful for the freedom that we all get to enjoy every day in the United States of America.

Many gather with friends and family for barbeques and celebrating the beginning of summer while others visit cemeteries and memorials to remember their loved ones lost. Each year a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. It is important to remember that we are not celebrating the wars, instead we are remembering those who served and those who gave their last breath in order to ensure that the freedoms of our country would be passed on to the next generations. We remember for the price they paid for the cost of our freedom – their lives given so ours could go on.

Memorial Day was originated after the American Civil War, where the United States faced the task of burying and honoring 600,000 to 800,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the bloodiest military conflict in American history. The first commemoration of Memorial Day was held in Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868. On this day, both Union and Confederate soldiers were laid to rest. Over the years, cities across the United States host Memorial Day parades that involve military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Americans sometimes wear a red poppy in remembrance of their loved ones, which is a tradition that was born from a World War 1 poem.  

In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Memorial Day has a different meaning behind it for every American. Here at 360 Magazine, we were able to get a few opinions from veterans in the United States.

  • Kyle Skovlund: United States Air Force – Memorial Day has a different meaning for me. Growing up, my parents would travel to Brookings, South Dakota each year to put flowers on the graves of those they had lost. When my own daughter passed away, I began doing the same thing. Memorial Day, for me, is a day to reflect on those that have been lost.
  • Michael Miller: United States Air Force – Memorial Day means remembering and celebrating. Remembering the great men and women that gave their life for our great nation and celebrating the freedoms their sacrifices have given us.
  • J.M. Skovlund: United States Army  – “Memorial Day means exactly what it was intended for, to remember and honor our fallen. They went above and beyond for our country, for the soldier on their left and right, and that’s something not everyone can say.” “Go out and remember the fallen the way you see fit. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. If it’s having a drink in their honor, do that. If it’s going to their grave to chat, do that. Either way, remember the fallen the best way you can, don’t disgrace them.”
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Juneteenth: A Road to Unity campaign

‘Grandmother of Juneteenth’ to walk in Galveston for “absolute equality”

The Juneteenth Legacy Project’s honorary national co-chair, Opal Lee will continue her Juneteenth: A Road to Unity campaign in Galveston on Memorial Day to influence Congress to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

On Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day) at 7:45 am Central, she will lead a walk for “absolute equality,” starting from 2702 Seawall Boulevard and ending at the Juneteenth Legacy Project’s massive public art installation at 2201 Strand.

Ms. Opal will be joined by leaders of the Juneteenth movement to support her effort to make Juneteenth a national holiday. The 2.5-mile walk, which is open to the public, will pass by a number of historic Juneteenth-related sites.

For those who may have missed it, The New York Times published a feature on the Juneteenth Legacy Project in their Sunday, May 23, 2021 print edition.

Also, please mark your calendars: Juneteenth Legacy Project will dedicate its public art installation, “Absolute Equality,” on June 19 at 11:30 am in Galveston. The public ceremony will feature a host of guests important to the initiative. Special guests will include U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), co-authors of legislation to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

For additional information, visit HERE.

National Day of Fasting

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is calling for a National Day of Fasting and Focus on Monday to call Americans to repent of systemic racism and turn toward the work of building a more just and loving society for all people.

Bishop William J. Barber II, campaign co-chair and president of Repairers of the Breach, said the campaign seeks not merely a fasting from food, but also a national fasting from systemic racism, systemic poverty, the denial of health care and from other death-dealing policies.

“We must dedicate ourselves to breathing life into our Constitution and its promises and refuse to accept a civility that covers up injustice,” Bishop Barber said. “The very life of our democracy is at stake. Not the democracy that is, but the democracy that could be.”

The upheaval in the country has shown the power of social justice movements, said Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.

“People across race, across geography, across age have seen that we cannot be silent anymore,” she said. “It is only when the people organize in radical and bold ways that we can build a society that actually takes care of the needs of the people.”

The campaign is asking people to stand still wherever they are at 5 p.m. , Monday, June 7, and be still and focus for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time that an officer held his knee on the neck of George Floyd, killing him on Memorial Day. They will then be asked to read a litany that the campaign will share on social media.

After that, Rev. Barber will speak to the nation from Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where he is the minister.

People should also remember Ahmaud Abery, who was shot and killed by armed white men as he jogged in Georgia in February and Breonna Taylor, who died in March after she was shot eight times by police who used a battering ram to invade her apartment. As a sign that our collective repentance is real, people will also be invited to dedicate themselves to stay engaged, to vote, to hold elected officials accountable and to work for a moral agenda that addresses historic wrongs and policies that perpetuate inequality.

On Sunday, June 6, the campaign will hold a national interfaith service to recognize the more than 100,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19, especially poor and low-income workers. While President Trump wants to divert attention away from the pandemic and to his misinterpretation of protests in the streets, the Poor People’s Campaign will insist that the country doesn’t forget those who died.

The service will be co-led by Revs. Barber and Theoharis and Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Imam Omar Suleiman and Valerie Kaur.

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New West Symphony Concert

To honor the heroes among us, as well as those who have come before, the New West Symphony will be holding a free Memorial Day Concert on May 25. The virtual concert, which will be broadcast LIVE from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and will take place live at 7 p.m.

People who register are invited to submit the name of a service member, in memory or living; and their name will be shared during the live event.

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the defense of freedom. They are among our nation’s heroes, said Symphony CEO Natalia Staneva. Today, as we confront a war of a much different kind, other heroes are emerging who are putting their own lives on the line in a courageous battle against the coronavirus. This live, online concert is designed to help celebrate those who make us proud by their unselfish actions, their incredible spirit and their uncommon sense of purpose.

The virtual Memorial Day concert comes on the heels of the New West Symphony highly acclaimed virtual Mother’s Day concert, which was viewed by more than 5,000 people.  As with that concert, the May 25 performance is being curated and will come under the direction of GRAMMY-winner and Music Director Michael Christie.

Program highlights will range from patriotic favorites America the Beautiful, You’re a Grand Old Flag, America and others to Copland poignant songs Zion Wall. At the River and Simple Gifts to Bernstein
Somewhere from West Side Story. These and other numbers will be lovingly performed by Sean Chen of Oak Park at the piano, Woodland Hills raised soprano Jessica Rivera and New West Symphony musicians. A bugler from the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast will close the concert next to the Reagan Library Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

As with all performing arts organizations, the New West Symphony has had to creatively pivot its artistic endeavors to comply with state guidelines regarding social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings. To help music lovers continue to enjoy the beauty of music, each week Maestro Christie collects some of his favorite music performances including his personal video introductions and posts them on Michael Christie’s Jukebox. In addition, the New West Symphony is continuing to create original content and making it available online through social media, the blog and at NewWestSymphony.org.

We are looking forward to the day when we can once again gather in our concert halls for the shared experience and lifting of the human spirit that music uniquely brings, said Staneva. Until then, we will continue to find creative and engaging ways to bring the joy of music to our community as we together navigate these difficult and uncharted waters.

The New West Symphony is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season. It draws its players from the rich talent pool of accomplished Los Angeles-area musicians and performs under the artistic direction of GRAMMY-winner Maestro Michael Christie. Its mission is to inspire passion for symphonic music through live performances and education initiatives that engage and enrich its diverse audiences. For more information, visit NewWestSymphony.org or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Memorial Day Gift Guide

ADELANTE SHOE CO. MOCCASIN
$95
Available in various colors, shown in Denim Blue.

The Adelante moccasin is the brands first indoor shoe, designed to make those work-from-home days just a little more comfy. Slip-on this style to let the supple leather form to your feet, and you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds from the couch to the kitchen.

NOBIS ADMIRAL SHIRT JACKET NAVY
$425

Whether it’s a few rounds of golf or a casual night out with friends, keep it stylish with the classic waterproof, windproof Admiral.

NASH BUCKET
$70

Camouflage print bucket hat in the Nobis signature crosshatch fabrication.

CAMDEN TRENCH IN NAVY/BLACK
$650

A technical, waterproof take on the classic menswear style.

NORDSTROM

Medical Travel Tips for Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer.  According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend by car, plane, or train. Nothing ruins a long-awaited vacation faster than getting sick or being in medical distress.  We turned to Dr. Niket Sonpal, an NYC internist and gastroenterologist for some tips on how to avoid health consequences will traveling.

Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but also can occur with no symptoms. For travelers, this can happen on long haul trips where you are not moving. Dr. Sonpal recommends if you are flying or on a train, to move around the cabin to get the blood flowing in your legs. If you are driving, take a break at a rest stop and walk around. Compression socks are also another option to prevent DVT.

Don’t Get Nauseous

People can experience motion sickness on virtually any mode of transportation. To combat this, Dr. Sonpal suggests Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals, Dramamine®’s first non-drowsy formulation. It contains the clinically tested ginger dosage required for preventing and treating motion sickness. Other sources of ginger, including candies, gums, or ginger ale, may not contain a full clinical dose. For someone who is already experiencing nausea while traveling, it is a good idea to keep Emetrol on hand which is an over the counter nausea medication that does not cause drowsiness.

Avoid Bloating on a Plane

If you get gassy on a plane, you’re not alone! Dr. Sonpal explains that, “As the pressure around you decreases, the gas in your belly isn’t constrained as much and it expands. This can make you feel bloated or become distended.” It is essential to avoid foods that cause gas or have salt. Skip the tomato juice in flight and stick with non-carbonated water. Avoid alcohol, cruciferous vegetables, dairy and high sodium snacks such as salted peanuts or pretzels. Foods that are protein packed, magnesium-rich and high in Vitamin C are good options.

Sanitize Your Surfaces

Planes and trains are a breeding ground for illness.  The former is awful due to re-circulated air. Most travelers would be appalled if they really knew how germy their tray tables are! Dr. Sonpal suggests sanitizing wipes for your tray table, seat belt clip and hand rests of your seats on planes and trains. When you exit a restroom on a plane or train and touch the door handles, be sure to use hand sanitizer even if you already washed your hands.

Get Your Shots Before Traveling Abroad!

Before you even book your trip, make sure you’re up to date on your shots. If you’re traveling to an area where you’re at risk for picking up an illness like malaria, you might be prescribed preventative medication. Dr. Sonpal suggests that, “People should use the CDC website for recommended vaccines for travel abroad or see a travel clinic. The health risks posed to Americans vary based on the country they are traveling to.”

Don’t Touch the Ice!

When traveling to a different country, most people are very cautious about only drinking bottled water.  Many folks forget that ice is simply frozen water and put it into their soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Contrary to what one might think, freezing water does not kill bacteria. The only way to be sure it is safe is if you boiled the water and then froze it.

Avoid Jet Lag

Even a relatively short time change from EST to PST (3 hours) can cause jet lag. With some international travel from the United States, the time difference can be as much as twelve hours. If you’re traveling east, try going to bed one hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure. Dr. Sonpal suggests that, “If you’re traveling east, try going to bed one hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure. Go to bed one hour later for several nights if you’re flying west. If possible, eat meals closer to the time you’ll be eating them at your destination. Set your watch to the new time before you leave. Once you reach your destination, try not to sleep until the local nighttime, no matter how tired you are.”

Essential Medicine/Supplies to Travel

Dr. Sonpal stresses never to check your medication with your baggage, always keep it in your carry on. Have a fresh re-fill on prescription medication with extra doses in case you get stuck at your destination. In addition, here are some essential over the counter meds/supplies to travel with:

Benadryl- For allergic reactions such as insect or bee bites.

Pepto Bismol- For diarrhea

Laxative such as Dulcolax

Anti-biotic ointment such as Neosporin

Common cold/sinus remedies such as Mucinex or Claritin

Pain relievers such as Tylenol or Motrin

Anti- Nausea medication such as Emetrol

Motion Sickness medication such as Dramamine. If you are the driver, be sure to take the non-drowsy version.

Electrolyte tablets for dehydration

Hydrocortisone cream to relieve itching from rashes, bites, poison ivy etc.

Aloe to soothe sunburned skin

Band-Aids

Digital Thermometer

Nasal Spray to prevent clogged ears while flying

Tweezers

Eye Drops

Epi-Pen if you are prone to severe allergic reactions

How to Find a Reliable Physician if you are Traveling Abroad

The US embassy in your destination country (http://www.usembassy.gov/) can help you locate medical services and will notify your family and friends in the event of an emergency. When selecting a doctor, make sure that I he or she can speak your language. The following resources provide lists of doctors and clinics that can care of travelers:

The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (www.iamat.org; membership required, but it is free)

Joint Commission International (www.jointcommissioninternational.org)

The International Society of Travel Medicine (www.istm.org)

Travel Health Online (www.tripprep.com; gets information from various sources so quality is not guaranteed)

The Osthoff Resort Presents ‘The Big Cheese’

The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis., has added a new fest for foodies to its line-up of annual events, this one themed to all things cheese. The inaugural “The Big Cheese” event is set for Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, with activities taking place in the resort’s restaurants, cooking school, and specially created tasting rooms. It was the sheer number of award-winning cheesemakers in the Elkhart Lake area, including those with world championships to their names, that provided inspiration for the event, with attendees to be treated to cheese tasting classes taught by the judges and graders of those prestigious cheese competitions. For the full itinerary and ticket and reservation information, log on to www.TheBigCheeseOsthoff.com. To purchase tickets to any of the activities or make overnight reservations, call Osthoff reservations at 877-624-8995.

Participating cheesemakers, all within a half-hour’s drive of Elkhart Lake, represent the crème de la crème and include Sargento, Sartori, LaClare Farms, Saxon Creamery, Henning’s and Deer Creek, plus Masters Gallery which has one of the largest privately held cheese inventories in the country. Naturally, cheese and wine pairings are on the schedule, but more unexpected pairings of cheese and microbrews, cheese and bourbon and cheese and tea are also included on the event lineup. Hands-on cheesemaking classes, cooking classes, cheese tastings through the taste buds of those who grade and judge cheese, a cheese marketplace, a special tasting of world championship cheeses, nine-course artisan cheese dinners prepared by the resort’s culinary director Chef Patrick O’Toole, cheese and cocktail cruises on the lake, even a cleansing milk spa treatment in the resort’s Aspira Spa are all on the schedule as well.

Meals in the resort’s restaurants will feature specially prepared cheese dishes, with the headlining cheesemakers themselves making the rounds through the dining rooms. Wisconsin author Jeannette Hurt, known for her exploration of culture through the lens of food and drink and with several books on cheese already on her resume, will also be on hand to teach cheese and cocktail pairings as well as sign copies of her book “The Cheeses of Wisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide” and her “Drink Like a Woman” recipe book.

According to Lola Roeh, general manager of The Osthoff Resort, The Big Cheese event was specially created for those who crave authentic foodie experiences. “This event lets attendees experience firsthand the delicious art of artisan cheesemaking in Wisconsin, an art that cheese lovers the world over so closely associate with our corner of the world here in the Elkhart Lake area,” said Roeh.

Overnight guests of the resort as well as the general public are invited to pick and choose which classes and tastings they’d like to attend over the course of this cheese-centric weekend, with full event packages that include overnight accommodations also offered. Festivities begin Friday at 10 a.m. and run through brunch on Monday morning. Tickets may be purchased by calling Osthoff reservations at 877-624-8995.

About The Osthoff Resort

The Osthoff Resort, considered a landmark in Wisconsin tourism, is known for its lakeshore setting on crystal clear Elkhart Lake, spacious suites, award-winning Aspira Spa and an impressive collection of amenities that includes three restaurants,  a cooking school, gift boutiques, indoor and outdoor pools, lake deck with live music, and elegant ballrooms and meeting venues. For more information on the resort, log on to www.osthoff.com. Ticket and reservation information on The Big Cheese event running Memorial Day weekend may be found at www.TheBigCheeseOsthoff.com.