Saturday: Valley men to wear the aprons at TEAM dining event
The sixth annual TEAM "Men Who Cook" fund-raising event will return to the Valley on Saturday, April 20 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Warsaw Park in Ansonia. Participants can sample a wide variety of cuisine prepared by more than 70 “Valley guys” while helping the regional social service agency.
These apron-wearing chefs are not professional cooks, but are community minded individuals who enjoy the camaraderie of a great evening with friends and neighbors.
Wide variety of cuisine
What's on the menu? Go international with empanadas, porketta, chicken marsala, and unique pasta dishes. Like spice? Wings, barbecue and buffalo chicken await you.
If you prefer seafood, you can sample shrimp alfredo and seafood gumbo. Get your veggies in southwestern gazpacho, brushetta and other dishes.
There will be smoked turkey, the comfort of chicken pot pie, and sandwiches made with plantains and traditional sausage, peppers and onions. Remember to leave room for dessert, with freshly baked coconut cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats.
Admission is $55 per person, which includes food, beer, wine and soft drinks, dancing to music, and the opportunity to bid in a silent auction.
The event’s MC will be Chaz of “Chaz and AJ in the Morning” on WPLR-FM. Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan is the event’s marquee sponsor.
To become a sponsor of “Men Who Cook” or to donate an auction item, call Trish Wigglesworth at 203-736-5420, ext. 221. To purchase tickets, call Wigglesworth or buy online at www.teaminc.org. All proceeds from the event will benefit programs provided by TEAM Inc., serving the needs of individuals and families living in the Valley.
Event chairmen are Charles Sullivan, David Grant and Jeff Westine.
Participating cooks so far
To date, the chefs who'll proudly wear the “Men Who Cook” aprons are:
Pastor Edward Barnes
Chief Mike Chaffee
Mike Cotela, Jr.
State Sen. Joe Crisco
Chief Joel Hurliman
State Sen. Kevin Kelly
Chief Michael Metzler
First Selectman Kurt Miller
Joe Pagliaro Jr.
State Rep. Jason Perillo
Rick Ponce DeLeone
Nicholas Tarasovic Jr.
Nicholas Tarasovic Sr.
About Team Inc.
TEAM Inc. is a private, nonprofit, anti-poverty agency that serves Shelton and nine nearby communities. The Derby-based organization’s goal is to address the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and families through resource mobilization, education, advocacy and service delivery.
Specific services include early education, elderly services, home heating assistance, housing assistance, economic literacy and asset building, and community and neighborhood services.