Men Who Cook to Serve Up Food and Fun for SECU Family House Fundraiser March 16
Winston-Salem, NC (March 6, 2019) – Plans for the fourth annual Men Who Cook fundraiser are simmering and should be just right by the time the event hands out samples and smiles this year on Sat., Mar. 16 at Bridger Field House.
This year, 22 local male amateur chef team enthusiasts who have been honing their kitchen skills will cook up their signature dishes and serve up tastings to nearly 400 hungry party goers. Guests will indulge in savory samples crafted by the chefs and vote for their favorite ones through tips that will be donated to Family House. Last year’s event netted over $140,000.
“Our volunteer chefs don’t work in the culinary field, but they do enjoy cooking and are willing to share their talents to raise money for the Family House,” said Kathy Carr, executive director, Family House. “We are grateful for their skills and dedication to the wonderful work going on here at Family House. Since meal preparation is such a large part of the services we provide our guests, Men Who Cook is a fabulous way to raise money so we can provide more support and care for adult patients and caregivers traveling to Forsyth County for healthcare.”
An alternative to a hospital waiting room or an expensive hotel for people facing the challenge of out-of-town medical care, the Family House provides affordable accommodations for adult patients and caregivers who have been referred by one of three local organizations – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Trellis Supportive Care.
The House has hosted guests from 95 North Carolina counties and 42 states, and more than 32,000 overnight guests since opening in 2011. For guests unable to afford the nominal overnight fee, an assistance fund is available, thanks to donations and fundraising events like Men Who Cook.
Celebrity chefs this year include Mark Owens and Walter Farrabee of the WS Chamber of Commerce, Tim Lowe of Lowes Foods, Jeff Smith of “Smitty’s Notes”, Robert Egleston of Leadership Winston-Salem and many more. A complete list of chefs can be found here, where they will receive online tips if guests are unable to attend the event.
Foods on the menu include Charleston Gumbo, Beef Bourguignon, Pesce Alla Puttanesca, Ceviche, a Mashed Potato Bar, and much more.
Guests will also have a chance to purchase tickets at the event for a wine pull, with values starting at $20/bottle, and some worth more than $100. Individuals who wish to support the event in advance may purchase a Wooden Spoon sponsorship which includes two reservations and a listing in the souvenir program for $250. Single reservations may also be purchased for $75 or two for $140. To purchase a sponsorship or reservations, contact Tracy Geiger at the SECU Family House at 336-793-2822, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major sponsors of the event include Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant Health, Visit Winston-Salem, Publix Super Markets Charities, and Reynolds American.