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Men Who Cook to Share Culinary Talents

SECU Family House Fundraiser March 17

Rabbi Mark Cohn, Temple Emanuel, and Father Steve Rice, St. Timothy’s Episcopal, and are hoping their signature dish ‘Food to Die For’ wins over guests at the third annual Men Who Cook fundraising event for the Family House of Winston-Salem.

The two are among 24 local male celebrity chef teams who will highlight their cooking skills for about 325 partygoers at Bridger Field House on Saturday, March 17. 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 $130,000. 

“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 Hospice and Palliative CareCenter. 

The House has hosted guests from 95 North Carolina counties and 41 states, and over 27,000 patients 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.

Other celebrity chefs include Wake Forest Football coach Dave Clawson, WSSU Basketball coach James Wilhelmi, Winston-Salem Fire Chief Trey Mayo, and National Sports Media Association’s Dave Goren, along with other business and community leaders such as Steve Motew, Michael Lalor, David Barksdale, Raul Colon, Peter Juran, Terry Williams, and Rev. Dixon Kinser. A complete list of chefs can be found at www.familyhousews.org/chefs/, where individuals can show their support of each team through online tipping. 

Foods on the menu include Deacon Turkey Sliders, ribs, salmon, jambalaya, shrimp and grits, southern chicken and rice, vegan Irish Sheperd’s pie, and much more.

New this year for Iron Skillet sponsors and higher, guests have an opportunity to meet Ed Bradley a two-time Super Bowl Champion and member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame at the Men Who Cook VIP reception. 

Guests will also have a chance to purchase tickets at the event for a wine pull, with all wines valued at the premium level. 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 $55 or two for $105. To purchase a sponsorship or reservations, contact Ainsley Darnell at the SECU Family House at 336-793-2822, or ainsley.darnell@familyhousews.org

Major sponsors of the event include Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant Health, Visit Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem Journal, Publix Super Markets Charities, and Forsyth Magazines.


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Ainsley Darnell

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