Charcuterie boards are the new cool thing. Charcuterie boards display inexpensive food, but with style, often arranged aesthetically with color. They usually contain preserved meats, cheeses, crackers and fruit. They are very expensive and can be less practical than calling a local caterer. Charcuteries focus on presentation and beauty, but not sound economics.
Should the government spend the extra money for retirement parties, events, and other occasions? One Kenosha man doesn’t think so.
KEC received a tip to check out the Facebook page of a specific charcuterie company. According to the Wisconsin State Department of Financial Institutions, the company was founded in 2020 by a now-37-year-old Kenosha woman. She raised over $10,000 on Kickstarter, a site where you can crowdfund a business startup We searched the page for Gateway college and found many events in which Gateway hired the expensive company to bring in the boards. The man who tipped us off certainly isn’t blaming the business owner. In fact, according to people we’ve spoken to, she does a wonderful job and works very hard. The beef isn’t with the company. The beef is with the government using our tax dollars to spend money on something that isn’t needed. Even if food is necessary for the public college at certain events, should it be gourmet and expensive? Our tipster says “no.”
KCE asked the college, under the Wisconsin Public Records Law for the last year and a half of invoices paid to the company. We were very surprised to see about $18,348 was spent since last May – $790 of that was just for tips for the owner/operator of the business.
On such event from late August was a “Breakfast Graze.” It came with a price tag of $4,520, including a generous $150 tip. In fact the charcuterie board company has been at Gateway at least nine times in since last May:
September/2023 $UNKNOWN, No Invoice Yet
KCE reached out to Gateway President Ritu Rajur, but she didn’t respond, and we don’t expect her too. We also reached out to Rebecca Metoska-Mentink, the president of the board of trustees. She never responds to requests from the media. She takes a “back-seat” approach to running the board and believes it is her job to have no oversight of the college and let the president do whatever he/she wants.
Do you think this is a wise use of tax dollars? Let us know in the comments.