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100 Men Who Cook a successful night for Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County

In a dinner that brought together roughly 100 men from the community to raise money for Elkhart County children, everyone is a winner. 

Nearly 100 men cooked bite-sized offerings for Elkhart County’s first 100 Men Who Cook. These community leaders collected tips before and during the Oct. 24 event. It was a big night to raise money and awareness for Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County

The winners, according to Chris Rahe, resource development and marketing director for Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County, are: 

  • Overall top tips: Greg Danielson. Raised $6,533 with KZ Campfire S’mores.
  • Most pre-event tips: Greg Danielson. Raised $6,350 before the event. 
  • Best main dish: Kurt Janowsky. Raised $4,770 with braised bison shortribs with crispy scallions. 
  • Best dessert: Marshall King. Raised $3,144 with Hungry Marshall’s flourless chocolate cake. 
  • Best accoutrement: Jack Welter. Raised $6,475 with St. Joe River clam dip.

I had the good fortune of going to this event, of which Flavor 574 and The Elkhart Truth were sponsors. Plus, it’s not every day you get to see some of your own in a chef’s hat — community editor Marshall King, Elkhart Truth general manager Pete Van Baalen and Federated Media chief operating officer Brad Williams all donated their time and skills to the dinner. 

One of the coolest things about the night was seeing the involvement from people in each corner of the community. I tried Southwestern coleslaw prepared by Elkhart mayoral candidate Tim Neese, roasted veggie hummus flatbread Rocky Enfield brought and more sweets than I wish to say. 

Alas, I’m a vegetarian and unfortunately didn’t get to sample Mike Pianowski’s shrimp ceviche or Williams’ lettuce wraps, though he did give me a piece of lettuce. I can say that everything looked and smelled overwhelmingly good and I heard great things from folks who got to try more than I did. 

This is the first time 100 Men Who Cook came to Elkhart, though Old National Bank has helped with it in Bloomington, Terre Haute and a few other places.

Some kiddos from Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County were there that night, holding doors and greeting guests with huge smiles as they arrived. I’d be remiss if I didn’t extend my congratulations and thanks to them for being so cheerful for a few hours on their Saturday evening. 

For an inaugural event, it was a smooth night with families supporting one another, eating happily and giving generously. 

Final tallies for all of the chefs and a final amount for the fundraiser will be available soon. In the meantime, congratulations to everyone involved on a great night.

Follow editor Danielle Waldron on Twitter @DanielleWaldron.  

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