Tickets for May 21 ‘100 Men Who Cook’ only available in advance

Staff Report

For the 22nd year, The Literacy Council will combine food, fun and fund-raising at its 100 Men Who Cook event at 7:30 p.m., May 21, at the Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. More than 110 amateur chefs will participate and prepare a variety of their creative appetizers, entrées and desserts for attendees to sample.

Last year’s sold-out event drew more than 600 guests. Attendees receive a 100 Men Who Cook cookbook featuring the recipes of all the dishes served at the event. The event includes a silent auction and the drawing for winners of the new Design on Our Dime: Kitchen Makeover raffle.

Tickets for 100 Men Who Cook are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10, and VIP tickets are $65 each or $650 for a VIP table of 10. The VIP reception includes early entrance to the event at 6:30 p.m. and a beer and wine tasting. Tickets can be purchased at The Literacy Council, 982 N. Main St., Rockford, by calling (815) 963-7323 or online at No tickets will be sold at the door.

Taking the place of the Three Vehicle Raffle, the first Design on Our Dime raffle grand prize includes a full kitchen makeover at a value of more than $18,000. In lieu of the kitchen makeover, the winner can choose to take the $7,500 cash option. Two other winners will be chosen to receive a Saffire Ceramic Grill & Smoker from Benson Stone Company and a 50-inch Samsung Flat Panel HDTV 720p Plasma with 3 HDMI from American TV. Raffle winners need not be present to win.

Raffle tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Alpine Bank locations, High Maintenance Salon and Spa, Logli Supermarkets, Pacemaker Fine Foods in Belvidere, Al Grace Appliance, Benson Stone Company, Granite Transformations, Vision Lighting & Accessories, River Valley Kitchens & Baths, and Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall.

Attendees may also purchase raffle tickets during the 100 Men Who Cook event. Raffle tickets can also be purchased in bundles of three for $65, six for $125, 10 for $180 or 20 for $300 at The Literacy Council office or

For more information about the Three Vehicle Raffle, 100 Men Who Cook or The Literacy Council’s programs, call (815) 973-7323 or visit

From the May 18-24, 2011 issue

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