Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TEAM's 'Men Who Cook' returns to Valley in April

ANSONIA - Join the fun at the eighth Annual “Men Who Cook” as it returns to the Valley April 25. 

This is a unique spring evening out with friends and family at the Valley’s most popular event. 
Let someone else cook while you enjoy a wide variety of dishes and desserts prepared by 98 “celebrity chefs.”
The Men Who Cook are not professional chefs; they are dedicated community neighbors who want to share their cooking talents and camaraderie with you and your friends.

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. 
If you are a sea foodie, try the seafood gumbo, or shrimp and grits.
Sample the porketta, fried ravioli bites, eggplant parmesan, or the Philly cheesesteak.
Remember to leave room for dessert, featuring chocolate mousse, ginger cookies, key lime pie, or fried Oreos. 

Chairpersons are Charles Sullivan, David Grant and Jeff Westine.

And the chefs who’ll proudly wear the Men Who Cook aprons are: 
Joseph Apicella, Kevin Atterbury, Pastor Edward Barnes, Chandler Barnes, Jack Betkoski, Beacon Falls First Selectman Chris Bialek, Juan Bonilla, Harry Burlakoff, Bill Calderara, Michael Caleca, Patrick Carey, Keenan Carey, Ansonia Mayor David S. Cassetti, Echo Hose Ambulance Corps Chief Mike Chaffee, John Coscia, Jack Cowell, Dexter Davis, Ed DeMarseilles, Dr. Steve DiBenedetto, Dr. Jay Dworkin, David Eisenman, Mark Foley, Brian Fonck, John Gentile, Nick Gentile, Anthony Giobbi, Roger Giori, Bruce Goldson, Terri Goldson, Chris Hill, Dave Hill, Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman, Craig Jones, David Jones, state Sen. Kevin Kelly, Pat Kelley, Mike Kieley, Tim Kieley, Richard Knoll, Patrick Lahaza, Kevin Lantowsky, Pete Larsen, Dan L’Atrella, Joe Laucella, Paolo Mancuso, Michael Marques, Tim McColl, Dan McGinnis, Paul McGinnis, Tim McGinnis, state Rep. Ben McGorty, Sherrod McNeill, John Mihalko, Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller, James Mills, Michael Mills, Makai Mills, Dave Monahan, Nelson Morales, Rick Moore, West Haven Mayor Edward O’Brien, Chris O’Connor, Jack O’Donnell, John Paul Olival, Dan Onofrio, Marcello Onofrio, Tim Oppel, Win Oppel, Fred Ortoli, Dave Pendagast, state Rep. Jason Perillo, John Petrillo, Jorge Pezo-Candelario, Rick Ponce DeLeon, John Rollinson, Joshua Rosado, Andrew Rose, Chris Sansone, Rick Scaife, Mike Shirling, Anthony Simonetti, Fernando Solis, Kevin Spooner, Robert Stabile, Fred Stanek, Dr. Ira Stein, Jeff Stone, Nicholas Tarasovic Sr., Nicholas Tarasovic Jr., Dominick Thomas, Ben Trabka, John Trentacosta, Philip Tripp, Lorie Vaccaro, Rob VanEgghen, Hector Velez, Ken Weinstein, Blake Williams, Stuart Williams, and John Yeager.

Special MC for the event is Chaz of Chaz and AJ in the morning on 99.1 PLR.
The Electric Lady Band featuring George Logan will provide entertainment and dancing music. 
Men Who Cook runs from 6-11 p.m. at Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Highway.
Only $55 per person includes food, beer/wine, and soft drinks. You can bid at the Valley’s greatest silent auction and dance away the night’s calories with music.

The Platinum Marquee Sponsor for Men Who Cook is the Bassett Family Fund and Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan is Marquee Sponsor.

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

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

This is a press release from TEAM Inc.,  a private, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to connect individuals and families with solutions that lead to well-being, self-sufficiency and full participation in the community. 
It aims to achieve its mission by conducting activities that address the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and families including resource mobilization, education, advocacy and service delivery. 
TEAM programs serve the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour and Woodbridge.            

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