CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At least 10 chefs will prepare their specialties for the "Men Who Cook" event on Friday when attendees can taste any or all of the cuisine.
The third annual event is a fundraiser for the West Virginia Institute of Spirituality mortgage fund.
While participants are not professional chefs, they are tasty cooks, said Rich Stonestreet, WVIS board member and an organizer of the event.
"It looks like a Taste of Charleston where you can sample everything," Stonestreet said. "You can eat as long as the food holds out."
The chefs always bring plenty, he added.
The event is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Church, 305 E Street in South Charleston. Cost is $20 a person or $35 for a couple. Tickets will be sold at the door or may be purchased in advance by calling 304-345-0926 or 304-421-2148.
Master of ceremonies will be Father David Glockner, who organized the event for the first two years and now serves a parish in Kentucky.
Participating volunteer chefs include David Wuletich, Rick Steelhammer, Dave Sanders, Andrew Walker, Jim Kerrigan, George Merolle, Bill Thompson, Tony Fish, Tommy Ross, and Tom Hamilton.
Kerrigan, who is a regular participant in chili cook-offs, will be participating for the second time in the Men Who Cook event. He said he didn't know what to expect last year and was surprised to see such a large crowd.
"It was a fun evening," he said. "This year I jumped at the chance."
Kerrigan will bring his famous chili again this year. Among items prepared by the other cooks will be chicken tacos, tomato soup and cheese bread, eggplant parmesan, cake, pepperoni rolls, braised pork, Polish sausage and potato salad.
Entertainment will be by George Daugherty, who is known at the Earl of Elkview/Duke of Dunbar.
Prizes will be awarded for first- through third-place for the top chefs. There will also be a prize for best presentation of food and a people's choice award.