Thiensville — The Cheel is hosting its annual Cheel-abration event in celebration of two years in business on July 16.

The free event will help to 'promote the sense of community we have in Thiensville' as well as celebrate Nepalese culture and raise money for victims of earthquakes in Nepal, according to a news release. Twenty percent of the funds raised from tickets will go to the earthquake victims of Nepal.

The Cheel has raised more than $18,000 for Hope for Nepal, the charity Cheel owner Barkha Limbu Daily and her husband, Jesse, run through the restaurant.

'It's cultural and informative,' Barkha Limbu Daily said previously of the Cheel-abration.

Various activities will be offered, including a water balloon fight at 12:30 p.m., face painting, a dunk tank and Mehndi art (henna tattoos).

A food tasting from 12:30 to 9 p.m. will include offerings like fing salad, chicken bhutuwa, grilled veggies, pit roast, brats, hot dogs, chips and aachars. Cedar Crest Ice Cream by glaze will also be available. In addition, spirit tasting through Great Lakes Distillery will be offered along with an outdoor craft cocktail bar.

There will be four musicians playing live at the event. Nora Collins will perform from noon until 3 p.m. Following her is Open Tab from 3 to 6 p.m., Our House from 6 to 9 p.m., and Greg McMonagle closes out the event from 9 p.m. to the end of the night.

Optional wrist bands will be sold at The Cheel to 'give the attendees access to all the tastings, water balloon, dunk tank, photo booth and Mehndi art,' the release reads. Wrist bands cost $10 for kids, $20 for adults, and are optional.

History of The Cheel

The Cheel, which opened in July 2014, features authentic food from Nepal. Barkha Limbu Daily and her husband chose to restore a building that was slated or demolition and open their restaurant. Final approvals were given minutes before opening, Jesse Daily said, calling it a 'mad dash.'

Since opening, The Cheel has won 20 statewide awards. Most recently, Barkha Limbu Daily was Wisconsin's finalist for the Cornerstone Humanitarian award from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for the 2016 Restaurant Neighbor Awards.

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