You might not think of your sheriff, senator, or city council member as a gourmet chef, but on November 7, many executives in St. Tammany will be vying for the title of âTop Chefâ at the annual âMenâ event. Who Cook â. gala in Covington.
The 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. event benefits the Hope House at the Children’s Advocacy Center.
The 13 participating amateur chefs will partner with local restaurants to present extraordinary dishes on the evening of the event, as well as for special meals in the weeks leading up to the main event.
âAs a father of four, I can’t imagine what the kids who use Hope House have been through,â McMath said. âThis organization helps children get through an incredibly difficult time in their lives and gives them the tools to live the rest of their childhood.
âI find it extremely easy to support the ACC and Hope House because these are the very children we have to fight for and support for,â McMath said.
The âcelebrity chefsâ will coordinate with their partner restaurants to organize special âcatering offersâ ahead of the event, in hopes of strengthening their contributions to the cause. Customers will have the opportunity to donate on-site at their favorite restaurants throughout October and until the gala on November 7.
Gala guests will enjoy tastings of the dish, wine and beer presented by each team and live music provided by Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces.
Plus, anyone who donates $ 50 or more online to a âMen Who Cookâ team by November 6 will automatically receive entry to win a five-night stay at Disney World’s Saratoga Springs Resort.
Current âcelebrityâ chef deals include:
- District Attorney Warren Montgomery with The Shack;
- Jim Yancey and Neal Clark with Walk On’s;
- St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith with DiCristina’s;
- Nick LaRocca with Hambone;
- Frank Richerand with Giddy Up Folsom;
- Shane Mutter and BÃ»cher;
- the mayor of Mandeville, Clay Madden and CrÃ©ole Tomateaux;
- Senator Patrick McMath with the Tchefuncta Country Club;
- Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal with BBQ Shrimp Guy;
- Madisonville City Councilor Keith Dennis with Tchefuncte’s;
- Covington Police Chief Michael Ferrell with the Abita Roasting Company;
- Covington General Counsel Rick Smith with Seiler Bar; and Washington Parish Assessor James Stevenson, Jr. with Yoyo’s Kitchen and Cantina.
According to the Children’s Advocacy Center, one in ten children will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18. To help many of these children locally, Hope House – working hand in hand with the advocacy center – is conducting hundreds of forensic interviews with abused children in St Tammany and Washington Parish. every year and work closely with law enforcement to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.
Hope House also offers thousands of free counseling sessions for abused children and their caregivers; free training to the community on abuse prevention; and serves as the only local agency to provide these essential services to child victims of abuse.
More event details, ticket information, and an overview of the team’s fundraising efforts can be found at www.cachopehouse.org.