JOLIET – Loosen your belts a notch for the annual “Men Who Cook” competition.
Roughly 50 local guys will fire up their ovens to cook their favorite home recipes for hundreds of guests at the annual “Men Who Cook” competition from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Pipefitters Training Center Local 597 at 10850 187th Street in Mokena.
The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, which is hosting the wildly popular culinary contest, encourages everyone to save the date and arrive ready to eat. All proceeds from “Men Who Cook” will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center, a not-for-profit agency that helps children who are the victims of sexual abuse.
During the competition, amateur cooks will offer bite-size samples of the best home-cooked meals they serve their own families. After making the rounds, guests will vote for their favorite dish in each of four categories: appetizer; side dish; entrée; and dessert. “Men Who Cook” is a fun and exciting way to support the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and cheer on your favorite local chef.
The cost to sample the fine cuisine at “Men Who Cook” is an affordable $35 per person; $60 per couple. The price is $10 for children between 6-12; kids 5 and under can attend for free. Don’t dress up; it’s a casual evening.
“Every year I am astounded by the quality and diversity of the dishes our amateur chefs bring to the table 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 know how to cook more than a frozen pizza. Guests are likely to find Cajun, Asian, Italian and Polish cuisine on the menu in addition to all kinds of gourmet American fare from every region of our great country. Anyone who leaves hungry just isn’t trying.”
WJOL’s Lynne, Mary and Natalie will return to the “Men Who Cook” Red Carpet this year to greet guests and serve as hostesses for the evening. This year’s special guest will be Jackson, a licensed therapy dog who greets children at the Children’s Advocacy Center as part of the new Paws 4 Kids program.
State’s Attorney Glasgow established the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to improve investigations of child sexual abuse cases. The center’s professionally trained and compassionate staff performs 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 staff has interviewed 2,567 children since 2005.
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.
“The Children’s Advocacy Center deals with the serious problem of child abuse,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “‘Men Who Cook’ allows everyone to have a great time while they support the center’s critical work on behalf of our children. The crowds are large. The competition is fun and fierce. And the food is great. I guarantee an evening you won’t forget.”
Tickets 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 or visit on the Web at www.willcountychildrensadvocacy.org, www.menwhocook.info or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/menwhocook