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Men cook, center benefits

Fifth annual competition March 23

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:34 a.m. CDT

JOLIET — The Will County Children’s Advo-cacy Center and Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow invite everyone to dinner at the Fifth Annual “Men Who Cook” culinary competition from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Pipefitters Training Center Local 597, 10850 187th Street, Mokena.

Fifty amateur chefs — local guys from right here in our community — will fire up their ovens to cook their favorite home recipes for hundreds of guests at the annual fundraising competition to benefit the 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 ready to eat. Amateur cooks will offer bite-size samples of their best home-cooked meals — the dishes 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.

It’s an inexpensive and exciting way to support the Children’s Advocacy Center and cheer on your favorite chef. The cost to sample the fine cuisine is an affordable $40 per person; $75 per couple. The price is $10 for children 6-12; kids 5 and under can attend for free.

And don’t get fancy by dressing up. It’s a casual evening.

“There are many guys right here in our community who really know how to cook, and our annual competition gives them the opportunity to showcase their culinary talents,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow, who founded the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 and chairs its Board of Directors. 

“Our guests will find cuisine from across the globe - from the American South to Eastern Europe; from Italy to China; it’s a diverse menu. No one will leave hungry.”

WJOL’s Lynne, Mary and Natalie will return to the “Men Who Cook” Red Carpet this year to greet guests and serve as hostesses. And Jackson, a licensed therapy dog who greets children at the Advocacy Center, will pay a visit. New this year: Kids Corner with all kinds of activities for younger guests

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 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.infoor 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.

There are still a limited number of spots available for men who are interested in cooking. For information, call (815) 774-4565.

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