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Men Who Cook event draws 800 people


“We had roughly 800 people between guests and chefs,” Mesilla Valley Hospice (MVH) Provider Relations Representative and event coordinator Staci Mays said about attendance at the 14th annual Men Who Cook, held Saturday night, Sept. 17, at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

"Thank you to all of our sponsors, chefs, guests, donors and volunteers that made the event possible,” said Hospice Foundation Executive Director Lorraine Padilla. “The outpouring of support for Mesilla Valley Hospice was truly amazing."

Proceeds from the event will go into MVH’s charity fund, which helps pay for services to patients and families who are don’t have insurance or are underinsured, Padilla said. MVH provides services regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

 Here are the winners among this year’s volunteer chefs:

  • Dessert (three winners): Kiel Hoffman of Pioneer Bank and Javier Morales of Caliche’s for their Waffle Delights (Hoffman and Morales were also the tip jar winners); Nothing Bundt Cakes for its Buntinis; and Thierry Marceaux of Le Rendez-Vous for French pastries.
  • Presentation: Michael Tourtillott of Sisbarro; Rick Jackson, American Document Services; and Chad Getz and Tony Lujan, Getz Funeral Home; for their Corn on the Cob (4 Ways).
  • Main dish: Adrian Rodriguez of Crossroads In-Home Care and Chef Azzam of Gasoline Ray's for their

Gasoline Ray's Dive Bar Famous Rolled Tacos.

  • Side dish: Dr. John Tucker of Mesilla Valley Hospice for his barbecue wings.
  • Appetizer (two winners): Carlos Solis of the Las Cruces Convention Center for his Roasted Green Chile Gazpacho Shots; and Juan Morales of Santa Fe Grill for his Shrimp Martini.

Contact Padilla at 575-525-5710.

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