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‘Men Who Cook’ draws biggest crowd ever

4/5/2017, noon
More than 1,000 guests attended the Men Who Cook fundraiser in Will County, with attendees samplings the widest variety of ...
Entrée First Place Winner Joseph Angelo Garbin (second from right), with serving helpers Karen Rende Shinners, Debbie Garbin and Scott Shinners.

More than 1,000 guests attended the Men Who Cook fundraiser in Will County, with attendees samplings the widest variety of entrees, side dishes, appetizers, and desserts offered by a roster of new chefs and returning favorites at the Pipefitters Training Center.

The 2017 edition of the event also shattered a record by raising $100,000 that will fund the not-for-profit Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides hope, healing and justice for children who are the victims of sexual abuse.

“Our amateur chefs outdid themselves this year with amazing dishes that enthralled the largest and hungriest crowd in the history of Men Who Cook,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow.

The hungry crowd voted online to determine who would take home ribbons:

First Place:

• Entrée – Joseph Angelo Garbin, Mediterranean Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Pita and Tzatziki Sauce;

• Side Dish – Channahon Police Department, Craig Gunty, Andrew McClellan, Paul Potts, and Brian Wellner, Voodoo Mac & Cheese;

• Appetizer – Tie; Duffy Blackburn, Bacon-Wrapped Dates; and Tom Grotovsky, Beef Tenderloin Bits Au Poivre;

• Dessert – Chris Dieter, Red Velvet Churros;

• Best Display – Channahon Police Department, Craig Gunty, Andrew McClellan, Paul Potts, and Brian Wellner.

Second and Third Places:

• Entrée – Second, Frankfort Police Department, Smoked Beef Brisket; Third, Patrick Magee and Marty Swart, Ecolab, Applewood Barbecue Chicken and Baked Beans;

• Appetizer – Second, John Dieter, Sausage Cups; Third, Michael DiTola, D'Arcy Motors, Mike's Fabulous Swine (Candied Bacon);

• Side Dish – Second, The Marcums, Mac and Cheese; Third, Kris A Cheranichit, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Asian Sausage and Papaya Salad;

• Dessert – Second, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Irene's Famous Caramels; Third, Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman, Potica;

• Best Display – Second, Will County F.O.O.L.S; Third, Raymond Boutté, Citgo Lemont Refinery.

This year, State’s Attorney Glasgow also presented Ann Dralle with the first annual Glen Marcum Selfless Dedication to Community Service Award.

Glen devoted countless hours of time each year to the Joliet community in roles that touched many lives. He was particularly dedicated to serving the community’s children, ensuring they had first-rate educational and recreational opportunities.