Cooking for a Cause
Real men in the kitchen for a Milwaukee competition
To celebrate the men who
are often overlooked, Moyo and his wife, Yvette Jackson Moyo, founded Real Men
Cook in 1990, an annual food-tasting event held on Father’s Day during which
men volunteer to cook for and serve their communities. The Moyos’ charity has
had an extraordinary influence on our country’s African-American community,
including here in Milwaukee.
In the mid-’90s Ruben
Hopkins was serving as vice president for the 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee,
an organization devoted to enhancing educational and economic opportunities for
black images is a staple of that organization,” Hopkins explains. “We were
looking for an event we could make our own to use every year to raise funds… We
knew they had Real Men Cook down in Chicago, so we decided to do our own thing
and call it Men Who Cook.”
Now in its 11th year,
Men Who Cook, which two years ago merged with another event, Dads Who Cook,
invites men from all backgrounds to participate in the friendly competition by
cooking up the dish they love to brag about. If they wish, contestants can
compete in all four categories: appetizer, main course, meat dish and dessert.
For the Men Who Cook/Dads Who Cook challenge, which begins Saturday, Aug. 7, at
11 a.m. at the Parklawn YMCA, competitors bring 250 1-ounce servings of their
dish for sampling. For a mere $1 per sample, anyone can be a judge. Scores are
determined by taste and presentation. Contestants will go home with a signature
hat and apron, and, if they win, one of three grills, among other prizes.
with the Men Who Cook/Dads Who Cook competition will be a basketball
tournament, as well as a Double Dutch jump-rope competition.
The Wisconsin Black Chamber
of Commerce, the organization sponsoring the event, is donating proceeds from
the competition to the Milwaukee Fatherhood Collaborative, a network of
community organizations working collectively to help males become better
fathers, and the Parklawn YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, an effort to make the Y’s programs and services
available to everyone in the community, regardless of age, economic
circumstance or ability.
For more information, visit www.menwhocookwi.com.