Men Who Cook event brings together Valley guys in aprons

Men from the Naugatuck Valley will put on their aprons for the annual Men Who Cook fundraising event for TEAM Inc.

On Saturday, April 26, from 6-11 p.m., there will be more than 60 Valley men cooking for a cause —everything from shrimp and grits to porketta and chicken pot pie.

Men Who Cook will be at Warsaw Park in Ansonia, and tickets are $55 per person, which includes food, beer/wine and soft drinks; bid at the silent auction and dance.

The marquee sponsor for Men Who Cook is Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan and the Bassett Family Fund.

Chairpersons for this event are Charles Sullivan, David Grant and Jeff Westine. Special MC for the event is Chaz of the "Chaz and AJ in the Morning" show on 99.1 WPLR.

To sponsor Men Who Cook or donate an auction item, call Trish Wigglesworth at 203-736-5420 ext 221. To purchase tickets, you can call Wiggelsworth, or visit to purchase online.

All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the programs provided by TEAM Inc. serving the needs of individuals and families living in the Valley.

Who will be cooking

To date, the chefs who’ll wear the Men Who Cook Aprons:

Kevin Atterbury, Pastor Edward Barnes, Jack Betkoski, David Blackwell, Juan Bonilla, Ryan Boos, Harry Burlakoff, Bill Calderara, Michael Caleca, Patrick Carey, Chief Mike Chaffee, Patrick Charmel, John Coscia, Jim Cotter, Jack Cowell, Senator Joe Crisco, Dexter Davis, Dr. Steve DiBenedetto, Dr. Jay Dworkin, Brian Fonck, Roger Giori, Bruce Goldson, Terri Goldson, David Grant, Chris Hill, Dave Hill, Chief Joel Hurliman, Craig Jones, David Jones, Senator Kevin Kelly, Mike Kieley, Tim Kieley, Richard Knoll, Kevin Lantowsky, Pete Larsen, Dan L’Atrella, Mayor Mark Lauretti, Robert McColl, David McNamera, Sherrod McNeill, Jeff Merrill, John Mihalko, Bill Miller, First Selectman Kurt Miller, James Mills, Michael Mills, Dave Monahan, Nelson Morales, David Morgan, Rick Moore, Bill Nimons, Brian O’Connor, Chris O’Connor, Jack O’Donnell, Tim Oppel, Win Oppel, Fred Ortoli, Joe Pagliaro, Jr., Richard Persico, John Petrillo, Jorge Pezo-Candelario, Rick Ponce DeLeon, Dave Rabinove, John Rollinson, Joshua Rosado, Chris Sansone, Chris Setaro, Anthony Simonetti, Kevin Spooner, Thomas Steeves, Dr. Ira Stein, Charlie Sullivan, Dominick Thomas, Ben Trabka, Robert VanEgghen, Hector Velez, Ken Weinstein, John Yeager, John Zaprzalka and Tom Zaprzalka.