The cooks will be cooking, but what will you be eating?
A fundraiser for United Way Estevan is sending cooks back into the kitchen for a night of food of fun. Dubbed Cooks That Cook, the Sept. 21 event at the Wylie Mitchell Building will once again bring a wide selection of good foods to the table in the name of charity. The event is organized by Enbridge Pipelines and features both a silent and live auction.
Sheila Guenther is the past-president for the local United Way chapter and brought her own kitchen skills to the table last year, when the fundraiser was first held for the United Way.
“It’s such a great event, and it’s really good to see all of their energy and enthusiasm, so obviously we’d like to be a part of that too,” she said. “It’s been an amazing fundraiser and an amazing event. It’s just enjoyable to everybody that goes, as well as the people who are providing the food. It’s lots of fun, and it’s a huge benefit to the United Way.”
The funds raised will go towards the United Way’s telethon totals in October, adding to the pot for the organization’s many member agencies.
“Last year was the first year that any of us (from the United Way) were involved, and I just provided some of the food,” said Guenther. “It was my first year, but I’m going to do it again.”
There will be main dishes, side dishes and desserts, so there will be plenty of food to satisfy any appetite. Each cook provides about 70 portions of their dish so they have to be organized.
There is also the concern for food safety, but Guenther noted it is handled very well so all of the cooks are sure what is suitable to serve.
“Enbridge actually had a food safety course this year for all the cooks, so that was a great thing for them to do,” added Guenther.
The cooks will prepare all of their food prior to the event and bring their 70 portions to the venue for the attendees to sample.
“I love cooking, so I’m happy to be a part of it. I’ll continue doing it every year just because it’s a lot of fun.”
About $15,000 was raised during last year’s event, and Guenther is hopeful it will have another successful run this time around. Tickets can be bought individually, or parties can buy a table of eight.