Just a couple of my passions include the Culinary Arts and Healthy Living. My desire to share both was the inspiration behind the charity, Midwest Ambassadors for the Culinary Arts (MACA). MACA is a non-profit that was created to support culinary education at the college and high school levels along with awareness of the culinary arts as being a noble profession in Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa. The goal of each event is to bring together like minded foodies with an amazing, usually 6 course meal with wine pairings.

When you join us for the MACA events you will experience delectable meals prepared and served by world class chef, Gordon Rader. Along with Chef Gordon, students of the local culinary arts college are there to ensure that your evening is not just delicious but an experience for the books. To date MACA has just about reached their $10,000 goal in contributions that have funded college scholarships and equipment for culinary arts programs in local high schools.

The cost for each event is $100 per person which includes food, labor, wine and event costs only. Randy & I cover all administrative and venue costs. We hope you will join us at our next MACA event and are sure when you experience it you will be excited for the next one.

Email htobler@bodyofhealth.com for more information and to save your spot at the table.


PS. Scroll down for a sample menu & images from past events.

Sample Menu


Thomas Keller’s Lobster Tasting
Lobster Croquetas Espanol

First Course
Peas & Carrots
Main Lobster Pancakes Pea Shoot Salad and Ginger-Carrot Emulsion

Second Course
Macaroni & Cheese
Butter-Poached Maine Lobster with Creamy Lobster Broth and Mascarpone-Enriched Orzo

Mixed Greens with a Dijon Vinaigrette, Chilled Lobster Medallions & Croutons

Main Course
Roasted Maine Lobster
Served with Leeks, Pommes Maxim, and a Red Beet Essence

Cheese Course
Local Dairy Aire Goat Cheese with Fig Jam and Tuiles

Candied Apple
Crème de Farine with Poached Apples and Ice Cream

The Willows is a beautiful and versatile venue and we look forward to hosting your stay or event. Look ahead to see what’s available on our Calendar.