Get Ready to Rumble at the Ramen Rumble Fundraiser in Kenosha

April 23, 4 p.m. at Mangia Wine Bar

Young Leaders in Kenosha (YLINK) will  launch Ramen Rumble for your splurging pleasure and more on Sunday, April 23, to kick off the Young Professionals  Week, a statewide initiative to engage young professionals in unique activities.

The Ramen Rumble will pit two downtown culinary teams against each other in head-to-head contest on taste, ingenuity and culinary prowess. The face-off will be between Mary Radigan, executive chef of Sazzy B Restaurant, and James Shields, the new chef of Mangia Wine Bar, 5717 Sheridan Road. It will be held at Mangia from 4 to p.m.

For $35, guests will be served with two bowls of Ramen – one from each chef  – paired with beverages crafted by each team. They’ll vote for their favorite ramen and beverage. Their votes will be tallied to determine which chef is a winner.

The Ramen Rumble is one of a series events to attract young professionals across the state to become leaders in their communities, according to Kenneth Murray, former executive director of Kenosha Symphony and Orchestra who called himself a YLINK volunteer. The rumble is one of seven scheduled for the year.

The event, he said, will be on a “first-come, first-served basis.” Reservations are encouraged although walk-ins are welcome. For reservations call Mangia at 262.652.4285.

Mary Radigan comes from the Radigan family which operated the well-known former Ray Radigan’s supper club on Sheridan Road in south Kenosha. She studied at the Culinary Institute of America and worked at world-class restaurants including Charlie Trotter’s and Alinea in Chicago, Momofuku in New York, the Fat Duck in London and Trio in Evanston.

James Shields who hails from Kentucky has been chef at Mangia since June. Previously, he worked at Distilled, a fine-dining establishment in Lexington, Ky., and at Mezzo Italian in Midway.

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