100 Men Who Cook event brings together prominent professionals to cook for a cause

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@flavor574.com

A hundred notable men from around Michiana will gather to cook for charity next month.

100 Men Who Cook
5 to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 22 
Northern Indiana Event Center, 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart

The event, organized by the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County and Old National Bank, will feature prominent business leaders, educators and physicians among many other professionals whipping up their favorite dishes for attendees.

Among the hosts are Kevin Deary, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County; Alex Strati, region president at Old National Bank; Father Edward “Monk” Malloy, honorary chair and former Notre Dame president; and Flavor 574/The Elkhart Truth’s own Marshall King, according to the news release.  

The men will also decorate their serving stations and some may dress up in costume as a way to draw people to try their dishes, which include appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts. Guests would then vote for their favorite ones through the use of electronic tip jars.

“Old National Bank has done some in other markets,” Chris Rahe, resource development/marketing director of Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County said. “Bloomington and Terre Haute. Old National reached out to us and we jumped at the chance.” 

It’s the first “100 Men” fundraiser in Michiana, he said. 

The chef who raises the most money, whether it’s through tips or other fundraising efforts, will win the Top Chef award and “bragging rights for the year,” according to the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County’s website. The profits will then go towards the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County.

Right now, Rahe said there are about 90 participants committed to cooking. 

“We had up to 95, though some had to drop,” he said. “It’s been fluctuating but we have been hovering really close.” 

There will also be live music and a cash bar at the event. Attendees can also take part in two food-themed auctions at the event.

It costs $75 per person to attend the event. You can also reserve a table for eight people for $500.

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