The Kiwanis Club of Colonial Capital held its first food event on Saturday, April 14 at the Williamsburg/James City Community Services Center. Called "Men Who Cook", this food-fest featured local celebrities and dignitaries who gave their time and effort to produce and serve tasty dishes. The chefs prepared dishes that varied from chili to chicken and from mac and cheese to cheesecake.

Sincere thanks go to the following participating chefs:
Ryan Ashe, James City Fire Chief
Jerry Bates, Lieutenant General US Army (Ret)
Carl Beffa, BCD Clinical Social Worker
Sean Dunn, Chief of Police Williamsburg
Sam Edwards, Edwards Virginia Smokehouse
Frank Faykes, Major General US Air Force (Ret)
Scott Grafton, Owner Ironbound Gym
Johnstuart Guarnieri MD, Williamsburg Plastic Surgery
David Hardin, Chief Deputy Sheriff JCC
Joe Harrow, President Middle Peninsula Insurance
Nathan Hill, Realtor and Past President Kiwanis
Jim Icenhour, JCC Supervisor
Andrew Langer, Radio Host WBAL
David Masterson, President Sentara Hospital
Jesse McHose, Extra Mile Landscaping
Kevin Onizuk, JG Wentworth Home Lending
Karl Polifka, Colonel US Air Force (Ret)
Mike Powell, Head Coach W&M Men's Gymnastics
Brad Rinehimer, JCC Chief of Police
Eric Speth, Captain Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation Maritime program
Peach Taylor MD, Lieutenant General US Air Force (Ret)
Mike Tomczack (aka Ben Franklin)
J. Wade, Two Drummers Smokehouse
John Williams, Master Sergeant US Air Force (Ret).

The event was pronounced a great success by both guests and chefs. Over 200 guests enjoyed samples of dishes prepared by the 24 chefs featured above, and all proceeds from this charitable event will go to children's programs administered by the Colonial Capital Williamsburg Kiwanis Foundation.

The Kiwanis Club is an all-volunteer organization, so all net funds raised go to support local children. Besides donating directly to local agencies who provide service to children (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grove Christian Outreach Center) the club supports basketball and baseball tournaments, a summer tech camp, and at Christmastime provides holiday gifts such as toys and clothing to needy families. In 2017 this program helped over 100 families and over 300 children enjoy a better holiday season. Funds raised from Men Who Cook will help greatly as club members prepare to make this happen again in December.

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