Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011 Cookin' Men a Huge Success at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne

Chefs Jason Fabini and Mike Packnett size up the rib eye.
At the 2011 Cookin' Men, your ticket allowed you (and about 1,000 other close "friends" - this year was a record crowd!) to enjoy extraordinary food and spirits prepared by 80 local "celebrity chefs."

EVERYTHING was delicious and the variety was evident. There definitely was something for everyone, and if you left hungry, it was your own fault! The locals who donned their chef hats for the evening spent hours preparing ahead and their efforts did not go unnoticed.

Some highlights - very tasty VRF Grilled Shrimp and IFR Roasted Chile and Avocado Dipping Sauce (chefs Jay Curry and Bob Pequinot) were stationed right beside the simply delicious Grilled Elk Wraps (chef Bob Addison). The Cowboy Rib Eye (chef Mike Packnett) looked like something out of the Flintstones due to its size and melted in your mouth. Frijoles Charros (chef Mark Simmons) had just the right amount of chorizo and spice; two steps to the right the Corned Beef and Cabbage (chef Ron Hostetler) was tradition at its best. Station mates and chefs Bob Walters (Bananas Foster Plus) and Ben Eisbart (Italian Wedding Soup) tantalized your taste buds and had guests returning for more. And super fresh Sushi was the specialty at chef Larry Weigand's table.

Chef Wayne Williams served yummy Jamaican Tilapia.
Let's not forget dessert! From the homemade Almond Ice Cream and gooey Chocolate Brownie (chef Richard Wolf) to the ever popular Pudding Pops (chef Mike Kelley), there were plenty of choices for your sweet tooth. Most creative serving idea? Chef Mike Nutter's Apple Caramel Crisp in the TinCaps plastic baseball cap!

Francine's Friends would like to thank everyone who helped make this enjoyable night possible - the sponsors, the celebrity chefs, the silent auction donors, the committee and the guests in attendance. Proceeds from the event will help support the Francine's Friends mobile mammography program, in partnership with the Breast Diagnostic Center and Parkview's Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Click here to view more photos from Cookin' Men at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana and while you're there, be sure become our friend on Facebook.

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