Dr. Gerry Barker has won the Best of the Best award at our annual Men Who Cook event three times. His Baklava is a favorite of many guests. If you missed this yearâ€™s tasty fundraiser, you missed some fantastic culinary treats. We thank the men who cooked.
Our Chefs for Men Who Cook 2013 were:
Appetizers: Neil Happel and Dick Semelroth
Soups /Salads: Ryan Long, Jerry Eccles and Josh Spang.
EntrÃ©es: Rick Long, Jon Long, Jerry Eccles, Ted Biderman and Winston Sanders.
Desserts: Drew Gadberry, Cal Vaughn, Gerry Barker and Dick Semelroth.
And the winners are:
Appetizer: Neil Happel – Stuffed Pablano Peppers
Soup/Salad: Ryan Long – Caesar Salad with Mesquite Grilled Chicken
EntrÃ©e: Jon Long – Breakfast Stromboli
Dessert: Dr. Gerry Barker – Baklava
For your encouragement and renewed faith in our youth read the following comments from incarcerated youth who were participants in our lessons:
â€œI liked that they told us we may have made some bad choices, but that we have the power to change and choose better.â€
â€œThank you so much, I appreciate you taking your time to spend with us. It makes me feel amazed that you care so much.â€
â€œI heard about things that I have problems with and was taught how I can change them.â€
â€œI wish you guys would have come to me earlier, like teach me when I was younger, because Iâ€™ve done everything you said not to do. I wish I had the knowledge you gave sooner.â€
â€œI learned that everything about my life is my future, I have the decisions and it is my choice. I loved this group! Thanks for the opportunity.â€
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