Men Who Cook

For the SECU Family House, saying that there are “too many cooks in the kitchen” is GREAT news when it comes to their annual “Men Who Cook” fundraiser.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, Men Who Cook is set for Saturday, March 21st, at Bridger Field House in Winston-Salem. The event brings together local male amateur chefs and their cooking teams who engage in a friendly but spirited kitchen competition to please the likes of nearly 400 hungry attendees of the event. Participating chefs come from all sectors of the Winston-Salem community, from banking to clergy, lawyers to realtors, higher education to local media, and everything in between.

“Men Who Cook has become a mainstay event for our house,” said Kathy Carr, Executive Director of SECU Family House. “We love that this event has become so beloved in our community. No lengthy speeches or long presentations—just great food and wonderful people coming together to benefit our guest families. The heart of our house—like any home—is the kitchen, and we couldn’t have found a better way to celebrate our mission than to come together to enjoy great food and support our house.”

The celebrity chefs who participate have become the main event of the night, and while it’s great to highlight their companies and other organizational causes, they’re all really on the same team—helping the house.

“Men Who Cook is a blast to be a part of,” said returning chef Bill Oakes, Tournament Director of the Winston-Salem Open. “It gets me out of my comfort zone and into the kitchen, but most importantly, it supports a phenomenal cause. Knowing that families facing a medical crisis who come to our community for care don’t have to worry about where they will lay their heads to rest or eat their next meal makes being a part of this event so fulfilling.”

The Family House, which is conveniently located near Winston-Salem’s two major hospitals, has served as home base for folks from 95 North Carolina counties and 43 states and has welcomed more than 38,000 overnight guests since opening its doors in 2011. When families come to our area with their loved ones for medical treatment—whether planned or in emergency situations—the Family House provides a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for rest, food, community, and more.

There is a small overnight fee for guests, but faithful donations and events like the Men Who Cook fundraiser help cover the majority of the costs it takes to operate the house 365 days a year.

Each year, Men Who Cook chefs create their own recipes, ranging from appetizers to desserts, and may utilize a sous chef during the event. They provide samples of their fares for attendees to enjoy. Three judged prizes from Providence Culinary Training and two prizes based on “tip” donations from the public will be given to winning chefs. Support your favorite chef with a “tip” donation online before, or during, the event. All “tip” donations will benefit the families staying at the Family House. Last year alone, the Men Who Cook event raised nearly $140,000 for the SECU Family House!

Make plans to join us on March 21st when Winston-Salem’s own will grab their spatulas and oven mitts to benefit a wonderful cause!


SECU Family House “Men Who Cook”

Saturday, March 21st – 6:30-9:00 pm

Bridger Field House, Winston-Salem

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Wooden Spoon sponsorships are available for $250, which include a reservation for two and a listing in the souvenir program. Event reservations are $75 for a single ticket, $140 for couples.

Contact Tracy Geiger at the SECU Family House at 336-793-2822 or



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