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100 Columbia leaders will create and serve their culinary specialties to the public at 100 Men Who Cook for Kids on Sunday May 21, 6:30–9:30 p.m at EdVenture.

The prominent group of cookers include:

● Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

● Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott

● NBA basketball star Alex English

● Cartoonist Robert Ariail

● Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook

● Adjutant General Bob Livingston

● Former Columbia Mayor Bob Coble

● Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins

● Hip Hop artist Fat Rat da Czar

● Fireflies President John Katz

At this distinctive dining event sponsored by Molina Healthcare and Whole Foods, guests will choose among appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts prepared and served by 100 of Columbia’s leading men.

Meat lovers, vegetarians and sweets enthusiasts alike will find delicious temptations such as tenderloin, stuffed mushrooms, brisket, mac & cheese, Chilian sweet chili, collard greens and chicken sausage and wild rice casserole.

“We are excited to bring this unique event to Columbia,” said Mason Hardy, cooker and chair of EdVenture’s Board of Trustee’s External Affairs Committee. “Where else can you sample homemade creations by Columbia-area leaders for the same price as a nice meal out, while supporting programs that benefit our community’s children?”

Despite this being the first year, the event has already gained tremendous interest from the community. Cookers have been planning their menus and displays for weeks, but some of them are very secretive, not wanting to give away their potentially award-winning ideas. “I am encouraging my friends and family everywhere to go online at EdVenture.org, click on 100 Men Who Cook for Kids and pledge tips now,” said Trey Boone, event cooker and CEO of eSOURCES, LLC, a Columbia-based human resources outsourcing and consulting firm.

The cookers with the most total tips and the most creatively decorated cooking station will be eligible for Cooker King awards.

“EdVenture’s health and nutrition education program is unique in its impact,” said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of EdVenture. “Our chef-educators are teaching every day both inside the museum and out in the community. This event allows us to highlight and fund those programs while showcasing the community’s culinary talent. It is quite a statement for 100 accomplished men from all walks of life to come together to benefit our children.”

Tickets are $50.00 each or $90.00 for two, which includes two complimentary drink tickets and unlimited sampling. A ticket link can be found on the 100 Men Who Cook for Kids page at EdVenture.org.

Proceeds will go to support all of EdVenture’s Youth Development programs that develop creative and critical thinking skills; increase self-confidence; encourage students to stay in school; and increases awareness of postsecondary learning opportunities and careers.


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