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Thank you for attending the 15th annual 50 Men Who Cook!



50 Men Who Cook Chef Results:


1st Place: Brian Cada, Brian Dates w/ Bourbon
2nd Place: Greg Holloway, Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Fig w/ Blueberry Compote
3rd Place: Mark Ekstrom, Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs

side dish:

1st Place: Craig and David Brannstrom, Seafood Bisque
2nd Place: Brent Olson, Ba’Corn Bacon Corn Gratin
3rd Place: Pete Springmire, Porky Potatoes


1st Place: Andrew Almburg, Cherry Smoked Pork Burnt Ends
2nd Place: Steve Tallitsch, Baby Back Ribs and Sauerkraut
3rd Place: Noe Escamilla, BBQ Smoked Brisket Sliders


1st Place: Gavin Williams, Mini Chocolate Cheesecake Bites
2nd Place: Doug MacClure, White Chocolate Coated Lemon Tarts w/ Blueberries
3rd Place: Brian Reis, Tempting Toffee Treats


1st Place: Jeff Lawson (Northwestern Medicine), Whiskey Braised Beef Short Rib
2nd Place: Rudy Galindo (Northern Illinois University), Korean Duck Tostada
3rd Place: Chad Warborg (Tapa La Luna), Shrimp Stuffed w/ Fig and Chipotle Wrapped in Prosciutto

people’s choice (professional):

Jeff Lawson (Northwestern Medicine), Whiskey Braised Beef Short Rib

 50 Men Who Cook 2019 Photos

Photos from the 15th annual 50 Men Who Cook on August 10, 2019! Special thanks to photographer Brian Schatteman. 

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Guests sampling food at the event
CASA’s signature fundraising event, 50 Men Who Cook, is held annually in August at NIU’s Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. Save the date for the 16th annual event on August 8, 2020! The evening includes a sampling of home-cooked favorites, cash bar, entertainment, and raffle prizes.
When: August 8, 2020, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on NIU’s campus

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

Why: To raise money to support CASA’s work of advocating for abused and neglected children in DeKalb County. Who Benefits?

How: Buy your tickets at the door, online or at one of the locations listed below:

Buy Tickets Online Now:

Your tickets will be held at the door if purchasing online.

50 Men Who Cook Tickets

Name of chef, if applicable

Can’t make it? You can still donate.

Buy Tickets at These Locations:

  • CASA Office (407 W. State Street #6, Sycamore)
  • Crum-Halsted Agency
  • First Midwest Bank Downtown Sycamore or Downtown DeKalb branches
  • Sycamore Chamber of Commerce

 For questions or more information, email 50menwhocook@casadekalb.org

“It’s just such a worthy cause and it’s great to see the community come out and support it,” –50 Men Chef