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The 'Deluxe Edition' of the annual countywide event will feature 68 participants

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Jem 100 and a host of other Newberg-area restaurants and businesses will participate in the 2020 Melt Down, a fundraiser for YCAP.

The people of Newberg, Dundee and the rest of Yamhill County will have even more opportunities to wolf down a grilled cheese sandwich this February, as the 2020 Melt Down prepares for its fourth year. This year's iteration of the annual fundraiser for Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP) will collaborate with 68 local businesses – most of them restaurants – to dish out cheesy goodness to the masses.

YCAP Development Specialist Diane Longaker said she's excited for more restaurants to join the fold as the event continues to expand. The fundraiser will occur throughout the month of February.

"Thanks to the calendar, we have 29 days this year to enjoy grilled cheese," Longaker said. "Because it's the Deluxe Edition, we decided to open the event to any restaurant or business who wanted to participate. We have 68 participants total, including restaurants and bonus stops, and we are doing three prizes per day for the whole month."

The Melt Down was originally created as a way to raise money for YCAP while drawing customers to local restaurants during what is normally the slowest time of the year. Each year YCAP raises more money through the event and this year its goal is $40,000.

A portion of the proceeds from every grilled cheese sandwich sold at the 68 participating locations will go directly to YCAP. After deciding on participants based on a raffle in previous years, Longaker said YCAP decided to let any business participate in the fundraiser.

The result was an outpouring of interest from businesses around the county.

"Our hope is that this will bring more attention to the event," she said. "Hopefully that means more folks coming out to the various locations to help us reach our fundraising goal of $40,000. As we all know, the need to keep caring for and sharing with our community is ever present."

The list of Newberg and Dundee restaurants participating is extensive. The Newberg businesses getting in on the grilled cheese craze include Barley & Vine Tavern, Chehalem Valley Brewing, Hunny Beez food truck, J's Family Restaurant & Lounge, Jem 100, Newberg Bakery, The Newbergundian Bistro, Pulp & Circumstance, Ruddick Wood, Sandwich Express-Newberg, Social Goods and Storrs Smokehouse. Participants from Dundee include The Dundee Bistro and Trellis Wine Bar & Kitchen.

"I am so excited that so many restaurants are participating in this event," Longaker said. "I love that Newberg and Dundee are getting on board as much as they are because this is a countywide effort. We're stoked to add food trucks and winery chef components this year as well."

Restaurants can earn prizes for the amount of sandwiches they sell, but patrons can earn prizes for their cheese consuming efforts too. YCAP has a printable "passport" that the various businesses can stamp when you visit them. The more stamps, the greater the chance of winning a prize.

Social media is also a way to earn prizes, with hashtag instructions along with other information available on A list of sponsors is available online as well, which included plenty of local businesses in addition to the participating eateries.

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