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Men Cook to Give Bastrop a Boost

After the horrific wildfires of a few months back, all of us need to do what we can to give the wonderful Texas town of Bastrop a boost. A super-fun food-centered event at year’s end could benefit from any kind of help you have: people buying tables and attending, hotels and restaurants donating auction items, and even me serving as emcee. Well, okay – as the photo clearly demonstrates, they’ve got me already. 

MEN WHO COOK is a culinary affair in which 30-40 men don aprons to serve their favorite fundraising dishes at the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center. The Rotary Club of Bastrop County is launching the inaugural event on Friday Dec. 30, with men representing local business owners, community leaders and elected officials as well as several out of town celebrity chefs and catering wizards. Each cook will serve food samplings from a myriad of appetizers, main dishes, salads and desserts. The evening will also include rafffles, auctions and entertainment. 

Celebrity radio host, journalist, author and playwright John DeMers will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.  Currently, John hosts the weekly Delicious Mischief food and wine radio show Saturdays on NewsRadio 740 KTRH and on Austin’s Talk1370. 

“We are thrilled to introduce an event that encompasses the entire community,” say co-chairs Bev Reed and Deborah Rogers. “Scheduling MEN WHO COOK on Dec. 30 will allow people who typically don’t venture out on New Years Eve a special place to dress up and have a great time.”  

Proceeds from MEN WHO COOK – described as being “not black-tie but holiday cocktail attire with boots, of course!” – will allow the the Rotary Club to continue supporting numerous community projects and organizations in Bastrop County.  Organizations who have received financial support in the past are:  Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), Bastrop Food Pantry, Family Crisis Center, Literacy Volunteers of Bastrop, Boy Scouts, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and support for the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, Boys and Girls Club, Drug Awareness Programs in the Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville ISDs and scholarships for graduating high school seniors. 

The Rotary Club of Bastrop Country recently ear-marked $20,000 of their annual $35,000 to provide funding for the Wildfire Victim Relief Program.  The proceeds from this event will enable the club to continue their effort in supporting these charitable and non-profit organizations. 

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Tickets for general admission start at $35.  For more information about tickets or to make a donation,  please contact Gina Nesloney at, 512-332-9880 or visit

About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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