Bring Your Appetites, Loosen Your Belts For ‘Men Who Cook’ Competition To Benefit The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center

February 25

JOLIET – If you have a healthy appetite and you enjoy fine cuisine, you won’t want to miss the biggest and the best “Men Who Cook” culinary completion to benefit the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow invites everyone to savor the home cooking to be offered by our amateur chefs at the Seventh Annual “Men Who Cook” from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the Pipefitters Training Center Local 597 at 10850 187th Street in Mokena. 

Roughly 50 local guys from right here in Will County will dish up spoonfuls of their favorite home recipes for hundreds of guests at the annual competition and fundraiser for the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, a not-for-profit agency that helps children who are the victims of sexual and physical abuse. 

Save the date and come hungry. Participating cooks will offer bite-size samples of their best home-cooked meals – the dishes they serve their own families. Guests can vote for their favorite dish in each of four categories: appetizers; side dishes; entrées; and desserts. 

The cost is $40 per person; $75 per couple. The price is $10 for children between 6 and 12; kids 5 and under can attend for free. No need to dress up; it’s a casual event. 

“‘Men Who Cook’ gets bigger and better and more popular each year,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow, who founded the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995. “Our talented cooks bring their best to the table, and they really crank up the heat in a fun and friendly competition.

The State’s Attorney added: “The variety of dishes is also amazing. No matter what you crave – from fire-grilled pizzas to cheesy chicken enchiladas; from home-style beef and beans to fancy French fare – we’ve got it all.”

WJOL’s Lynne, Mary and Natalie will return to the “Men Who Cook” Red Carpet to welcome guests. Jackson, the Children’s Advocacy Center’s popular Paws 4 Kids therapy dog, will have his own table. There’s even fun for youngsters at the “Men Who Cook” Kids Corner.

State’s Attorney Glasgow established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to improve the investigation of child sexual abuse cases. The center’s professionally trained and compassionate staff performs forensic child-sensitive interviews when there are allegations of sexual or severe physical abuse. Children’s recorded statements have been used in the successful prosecution of hundreds of predators.

The State’s Attorney founded the center as a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization so it will not impact taxpayers. As a result, the center relies on grants, foundations and fundraisers like “Men Who Cook” to fulfill its important mission.

Tickets are available on-line at or they can be purchased at the door.  For additional information, call the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center at (815) 774-4565. Or visit on the Web at, or on Facebook at

There are still spots available for men who might be interested in cooking. For information, call (815) 774-4565.