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Men Cook to serve up competition at Lafayette Hotel

File Photo The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its fourth annual Men Cook event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

MARIETTA — The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold its fourth annual Men Cook, its signature event, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

The ticketed event features 20 local amateur cooks who will bring their best dish to the field of competition.

“The men take the competition very seriously,” United Way Executive Director Stacy DeCicco said. “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 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 compete for a presentation award that will be judged on the food presentation and the decor of their table. The most coveted award of the evening is the People’s Choice.

Attendees each receive “voting tickets” when they arrive and can cast their vote for their favorite entry or favorite chef. Guests can purchase additional voting tickets during the event to bolster the results for their favorite competitor.

Doors open at 6:30. 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 will be available during the evening.

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

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