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Annual 'Men Who Cook' competition set for March 21

2/26/2015, 7:20 a.m.
The fundraising event benefits the Will County Children's Advocacy Center.
Crowds eager to sample the wares of those who participated in last year's Men Who Cook competition gather around the table of one group of chefs. Stan Niehoff

Joliet City Attorney Marty Shanahan flips pizza dough at the 2014 "Men Who Cook" event.

Stan Niehoff

Joliet City Attorney Marty Shanahan flips pizza dough at the 2014 "Men Who Cook" event.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow (second from left) poses with members of the Wilco FOOLS, who participated in last year's "Men Who Cook" event.

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Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow (second from left) poses with members of the Wilco FOOLS, who participated in last year's "Men Who Cook" event.

The Will County State's Attorney's Office provided this news release:

If you have a healthy appetite and enjoy fine cuisine, you won’t want to miss the biggest and the best “Men Who Cook” culinary competition 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 to 9 p.m. March 21 at the Pipefitters Training Center Local 597 at 10850 187th St. 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 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 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 www.menwhocook.info 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 www.willcountychildrensadvocacy.org, www.menwhocook.info, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/menwhocook.

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

The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center is a partner agency with United Way of Will County.