What’s Cookin’ event set for March 29 in Oregon, Ill.

Staff Report

OREGON, Ill. — The organizers of an upcoming event to support a local not-for-profit agency are delighted by the responses they are receiving regarding the upcoming What’s Cookin’ event.

This event — which will be at Oak Lane, 3261 S. Daysville Road, Oregon, Ill., March 29 starting at 5 p.m. — is not new by any means, as it is somewhat of a spin-off of the “30 Men Who Cook” events that have been held in such areas as Rochelle and Rockford. But what is unique about this event is that the organizers believe it is the first of its kind around the Oregon, Ill., area. And the focus of this event is to bring all Ogle County communities together to have fun and help others.

The What’s Cookin’2014 event is a team event consisting of four people preparing a food item in one of the following categories: appetizer, entree, side dish or dessert.

The public is invited to attend the event, and for a designated amount of time, can walk around taste-testing the teams’ food items.

The public will be the judges. They will be given a program/ballot and can choose which team had the best recipes. Awards will be presented to the teams at the end of the taste-testing portion of the event.

A maximum of 35 teams are needed for the event, and the organizers are pleased that a number of local businesses have already shown interest in bringing their cooking skills to the event. Spaces are available, so signing up with the event organizers is a must. There is a $20-per-person admission to the event for the general public.

The event organizers, Joyce Bruns and Diane Palmer, look to have this as an annual Ogle County-focused event. The goal is to be able to support a not-for-profit agency, group or organization each year. It is important that the Ogle County communities come together to support efforts for not-for-profit groups, as these are the agencies that help and serve others in the community and need the financial assistance to do that service. As a county-wide event, a little interest from each community means a lot.

The proceeds of What’s Cookin’ 2014 will go to the Rock River Center in Oregon, Ill. This facility provides resources, activities and services that improve the quality of life for Ogle County’s older adults, the disadvantaged, caregivers and the greater community.

If interested in participating in this event as a four-person cooking team, a sponsor or a volunteer, the event organizers would love to talk to you. You can go to the event website, http://whatscookin.homestead.com, and by clicking on the “CONTACT US” buttons, you can send a message directly to the organizers, or you can call (815) 973-1432 for more information.

From the March 12-18, 2014 print edition

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