The eighth annual Men Who Cook will return to the Valley on April 25 from 6-11 p.m. at Warsaw Park in Ansonia.
All proceeds will benefit the programs of TEAM Inc., a nonprofit social services agency serving the Valley and nearby areas.
Attendees can enjoy a wide variety of dishes and desserts prepared by 98 celebrity chefs from the region.
The Men Who Cook are not professional chefs, but neighbors who want to share their cooking talents and camaraderie to help a good cause.
Goulash, pasta, wings and cheesesteak
What’s on the menu? Go international with Hungarian goulash, pulled pork tacos, hot German potato salad, empanadas, and unique pasta dishes.
Prefer grilled food? Try wings or chili. For sea foodies, there will be seafood gumbo, or shrimp and grits.
Also on the menu will be porketta, fried ravioli bites, eggplant parmesan, or the Philly cheesesteak, plus desserts such as chocolate mousse, ginger cookies, key lime pie and fried Oreos.
Admission is $55, which includes food, beer/wine and soft drinks.
Chaz from WPLR to emcee
Event emcee is Chaz from Chaz and AJ in the Morning on 99.1 PLR. Electric Lady Band featuring George Logan provides lives music for dancing. There will be a silent auction.
Event chairmen are David Grant, Charles Sullivan and Jeff Westine. Major sponsors are the Bassett Family Fund and Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan.
To be a sponsor, donate an auction item or buy tickets, call Trish Wigglesworth at 203-736-5420, ext. 221. Tickets also available at www.teaminc.org.
Who will be cooking?
Participating chefs will include many mayors, first selectmen, state legislators, other elected officials, public safety chiefs, prominent businesspeople, community leaders and well-known local volunteers.
The cooks expected to join the fun are:
Pastor Edward Barnes
Beacon Falls First Selectman Chris Bielek
Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti
Echo Hose Ambulance Chief Mike Chaffee
Dr. Steve DiBenedetto
Dr. Jay Dworkin
Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman
State Sen. Kevin Kelly
State Rep. Ben McGorty
Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller
West Haven Mayor Edward O’Brien
John Paul Olival
State Rep. Jason Perillo
Rick Ponce DeLeon
Dr. Ira Stein
Nicholas Tarasovic Sr.
Nicholas Tarasovic Jr.