JOLIET – Everyone is invited to sample fine cuisine offered by amateur chefs from across Will County at the Sixth Annual “Men Who Cook” culinary competition from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Pipefitters Training Center Local 597 at 10850 187th Street in Mokena.
An estimated 50 amateur chefs will fire up their ovens and stovetops to cook their favorite home recipes for hundreds of guests at the annual competition and fundraiser to benefit 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 bring your appetite. Participating cooks will offer bite-size samples of their best home-cooked meals – the dishes they serve their own families. After making the rounds, guests can vote for their favorite dish in each of four categories: appetizer, side dish, entrée, and dessert.
The cost is an affordable $40 per person; $75 per couple. The price is $10 for children between 6 and 12; kids 5 and under can attend for free. Don’t dress up; it’s a casual evening.
“I am always amazed at the level of talent our amateur cooks display each year at ‘Men Who Cook,’” said State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who founded the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 and chairs its Board of Directors. “These guys bring every specialty dish imaginable to the table. Italian, Mexican, Cajun, Asian, French, Polish; you name it, we’ve got it. And our guests love walking from table to table sampling the fine food.”
WJOL’s Lynne, Mary and Natalie will return to the “Men Who Cook” Red Carpet this year to greet guests. Jackson, the Children’s Advocacy Center’s therapy dog and goodwill ambassador, will make an appearance. And our Kids Corner will be back again this year. And 2014 “Men Who Cook” Chef Calendars will be available to purchase for $10.
State’s Attorney Glasgow established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to improve investigations 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 non-profit organization so it would not impact taxpayers. As a result, the center relies on grants, foundations and fundraisers like “Men Who Cook” to operate.
Tickets for “Men Who Cook” are available on-line at www.menwhocook.info or they can be purchased at the door. If you have any questions, contact the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center at (815) 774-4565.
Visit on the Web at www.willcountychildrensadvocacy.org, www.menwhocook.info or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/menwhocook.
There are still a limited number of spots available for men who are interested in cooking. For information, call (815) 774-4565.