50 Men Who Cook

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 19th annual 50 Men Who Cook a great success! Special thanks to our chefs, attendees, volunteers, event committee, sponsors & donors.

Save the date for the 20th annual event!

August 10, 2024 | 6-9 PM
Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center at NIU

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50 Men Who Cook 2023 Chef Winners


1st Place: Wesley Lyons | Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Dill Pickles
2nd Place: Brent Olson | Island Vibe Carnitas
3rd Place: John Butts | Beef Tenderloin Crostini

Side Dish

1st Place: Craig & David Brannstrom | Seafood Chowder
2nd Place: Salvador Lopez | Mini Beef Birria Taquitos
3rd Place: Jake Warner | Cornbread Casserole


1st Place: Ed Valdez | Ed’s Famous Barbacoa Tacos
2nd Place: Trenton DeVito | Chicken Poblano Soup
3rd Place: Mike Verbic | Hawaiian Pulled Chicken with Slaw


1st Place: Steven Sulaver | Dessert Truffles
2nd Place: Jeremy Koranda | Chocolate Éclair Cake
3rd Place: Ted Rosenow | Cherry Delight


People’s Choice Award: Steve Tallitsch | Bourbon Burnt Ends
1st Place: Jacob Breen/Tapa La Luna | Crawfish Spring Roll
2nd Place: Cole Hookham/Obscurity Brewing & Craft Mead | Brisket Slider with Chimichurri
3rd Place: Steve Tallitsch | Bourbon Burnt Ends

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CASA’s signature fundraising event, 50 Men Who Cook, features 50+ men from the community who bring their best dish for guests to taste and vote for their favorite in each category. Enjoy good food, a cash bar, entertainment and raffle, all for a good cause.


August 10, 2024 | 6-9 PM


50 Men Who Cook is open to the public. Invite your friends and family along!


To raise money to support CASA’s work of advocating for children who have experienced abuse or neglect in DeKalb County.


Single Ticket: $45
2+ Tickets: $40 each before August 10

Tickets are available online here through August 9 or in-person at the CASA Office through August 9. Tickets available at the door on August 10 for $45 each.

event timeline

6 PM - Doors Open, Tasting & Raffles Begin
8 PM - Voting Closes
8:15 PM - Raffle Closes
8:20 PM - Event Program
8:45 PM - Chef Winners Announced
9 PM - Event Concludes

Competing Professional Chefs


Chef Jacob Breen


Chef Rudy Galindo


chef cole hookham


Chef Anthony McMahon


Chef Jordan Vaughan


Tallitsch Catering


Chef Mike Taylor

    “It’s just such a worthy cause and it’s great to see the community come out and support it.”

    – 50 Men Chef