United Way Alliance to host fourth Men Cook event

United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its fourth annual signature event, Men Cook, March 30 at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. The ticketed event features 20 local amateur cooks who will bring their best dish to the competition field.

“The men take the competition very seriously,” shared United Way Executive Director Stacy DeCicco. “Many of them are competing for the second, even third year and each year they plot and plan to decide what dish from their repertoire will be the right one to put forward.”

This year’s competition boasts both veteran competitors and several new faces. The dishes in the competition are a wide variety of entries that will compete in either the sweet or savory division. There will be everything from hand rolled sushi to cheeseburger soup to a Southern banana pudding. The contestants also compete for a presentation award that will judged on the food presentation and the decor of their table. Perhaps the most coveted award of the evening is the People’s Choice Award. Attendees each receive voting tickets when they arrive and can cast their vote for their favorite entry (or favorite chef). Guests can also purchase additional voting tickets during the event to bolster the results for their favorite competitor.

Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or online at the United Way website uwamov.com. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Ticket holders have the opportunity to sample all of the dishes at the event. A cash bar is available during the evening.

Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The United Way currently supports, collaborates and provides funding for more than 70 programs and initiatives the region.

“The event is a unique opportunity to bring the community together for a fun evening and something a little out of the ordinary. We are so excited about our lineup of contestants this year and thrilled to be welcoming some new faces (and dishes) [to] the competition,” DeCicco said, “It’s great to see people come out and support a great event and an even greater cause in our community. The money we raise stays local- it impacts our neighbors and friends fight here in the MOV.”