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Cornell recruits men to cook

August 1, 2009
By Cornell Cooperative Extension

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties is recruiting "Real Men" for its seventh Annual Real Men Can Cook fundraising dinner. Any man who can cook, and even those who don't think they can, are invited to participate. Men can sign-up on the Web site at

CCEFM initiated this unique event for the first time seven years ago and men in the community as well as the public look forward to it all year long. "Real Men Can Cook" is a dinner where men from the community volunteer to prepare their favorite dish and then serve it on a buffet line for a half-hour time period. A total of 15 men serve on the line for each half-hour, with diners served fifteen sample-sized portions. A full meal including appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, vegetables, fruits and desserts comprise the meal. The event draws about 75 male cooks and 250 to 300 diners each year.

Over the years, the event has drawn hundreds of different cooks.

Each year the menu changes. Some years men have been very draw to making dishes featuring a particular ingredient such as beans or chicken, while other years men have focused more heavily on appetizers or desserts. Some men are very gourmet with their cooking and presentation skills, while others prepare simple recipes with little fuss or fanfare.

But diners never have to worry about going away hungry because the menu always is full of of mouth-watering choices.

Tickets for the event will be available after Sept. 1 and can be reserved by calling 762-3909 Ext. 101. For more information, visit



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