Men Who Cook 2019

30 April 2019

One Night Only: Men Who Cook and Mix at River Oaks

On Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 6:30pm, we turn River Oaks over to a few good men - the men who have worked tirelessly often for months, perfecting their recipes, taste testing with friends and family, seeking out secret ingredients from far away exotic places or the local gas station. So now America, with an open heart and an empty stomach, we say unto you in the words of our Cajun ancestors: 'Allons manger!’- ‘Lets Eat'!!!’

“Of course the chef teams are competing for so much more than the Men Who Cook trophy spoon, they are competing for the ultimate prize, more coveted than grandma’s secret recipe -  that’s right … BRAGGING RIGHTS!”, states Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director and Event Coordinator.   Last year’s champions have of course enjoyed a whole year bragging about winning or placing in this showdown of the taste-buds and we want to congratulate them once more - they are:

2018 #MWCAM Champion Team
Team Southern Heritage Bank
Menu Item: Duck & Sausage Gumbo with Rice
Team Members: Randy Ponthie, Craig Littleton, Micha Walker & Dustin Matthews

2nd Place
Team Party Like A Lobstar & Jacks Drinks
Menu Item: The Clobstar & Bloody Mary
Team Members: Willie Mayes, Ray Gill, Brandon Monceaux, Chris Robinson & Dr. Robert Fontane

3rd Place
Team Lagniappe Home Care
Menu Item: The Soul Food Parfait
Team Members: Dr. Jonathan Hunter, Tom Spencer, Judge Dee Drell, Brad Drell & Dr. Ken Brown

Secret Taster’s Choice
Team Channel 4 News Team
Menu Item: Glass Case of Emotion
Team Members: Grant Bartlett, Kirby Butler, Dr. Patrick Redmond & Luke Borrel

This year's 19th inception of Men Who Cook and Mix at River Oaks (#MWCAM19) is shaping up to be equally competitive.  But before anybody starts bragging, they have to cook their little hearts out!

The 2019 Men Who Cook and Mix contenders are:

David Broussard, Toby Wilkins, Richard Chatman & Matthew Dunn - Team Pineapple Express

Tony Martin,  Chad Bordes, Thomas David, Sam Finney & Matt Loyacano  

Dr.  Mike Leddy & Chad Jameson - Team NO BONZ About It 

Bryon Salazar,  Ben St. Romain & Brandon Harrington- Team Red River Bank 

Dr. Jonathan Hunter, Tom Spencer, Brad Drell & Chief Jarrod King  

Craig Littleton, Dustin Matthews & Micah Walker - Team Southern Heritage Bank

Matt Mabou, Chad Mabou & Ryan Welch - Team MSquared Entertainment

Wes Clark, Dustin Greer & Cody Harden - Team The Drunken Chefs (Southwest Beverage) 

Scott Gilcrease, Jared Stokes & Cain Couvillion  - Team CLECO

Justin Giallonardo, Ryan Yerby, Thomas Giallonardo IV, & Tom Giallonardo III - Team D'Argent Companies

Kirby Butler, Grant Bartlett, Dr. Patrick Redmond & Dr. Aaron McLemore - Team Sandlot Legends

Robert Leavines, Nolan Spillers & Jeff Marien - Team First Federal Bank of LA 

Willie Mayes, Chris Robinson, Joe Willaims & Todd Halbert - Team Skewered = Throw'D

Wesley Aguillard, Michael Guillory & Brad Dauzat -Team Central LA Surgical Hospital

Ray Gill, Dr. Edan Moran and Mike Brunet - Team 28 West Brewery 

Dale LeBoeuf, Matt Putnam & Jacob Wilson - Team Huckleberry Brewing Company

Dan McKay III, Brad Youngblood & Brian Myers - Team Edward Jones & AMCAP Mortgage 

Richard Jewell, Andrew O'Neal & Christopher Willis - Team Jewell Shelter Insurance

Tim Cahill, Lawson Fall & Robert Beck - Team Luneau & Beck,  LLC

Kris Cloessner, James Wray & Boo Maddox - Team Kris Cloessner for Rapides Parish Sheriff 

Executive Chef John Belvin, Jr. and Tim McLin - Team Diamond Grill/The Mirror Room

Dennis Wimmert, Ken Ortego, John Doggett, Lewis M Lauve - Team Crest Industries

Dr. Jamie Rister, Troy Mire & Brad Foster - Team The Green Hot Chili Peppers

Chris Soprano, Rick Ducote, Charlie Soprano - Team Financial Solutions Group

Ritchie, Wayne  & Henry Martin - Team Martin Meats

Dr. Robert Fontane & Morgan Monceaux 

Craig Roy & Team Edward Jones (Avoyelles)

Mike D & Lil Wayne - Team "Not Who You Think" aka Cajun Inlaws

Oven temperatures are already running high, with some previous winners returning and some new contenders chomping at the bacon bits to get their turn with the Ultimate Spoon Trophy, this year provided by our own artist extraordinaire, Aubrey Bolen. The Secret Tasters Choice award has been crafted by artist Leah Morace. We fully expect the smack talking to commence all over social media in the coming days.

How does it work? The winner is determined by you, you taste, decide which dishes you like and tip - a dollar, two dollars, this part is totally up to you. At the end of the night our team of certified bean counters will be tabulating the tips and the total amount will determine the winner of the coveted  trophy!  So bring change and come hungry, friends, as this event has been a community staple for many years!

Enjoy live music with the Sundown Band as this block party event gets into full swing.  

Tickets usually go fast and are available at River Oaks and the River Oaks Board Members at $65 per person or $75 at the door (if available). A few Reserved Tables for 10 are available at $750 each. Must be 21 to attend. 

The 19th Annual Men Who Cook and Mix is sponsored by BancorpSouth and BXS Insurance along with stage sponsor, Turner Teleco. 

The event is co-sponsored by:  Dr. & Mrs. Babson Fresh, Doug Young Nursery, Hargis Family Dental, Alexandria Pediatric Dentistry, Cleco, SAMS HVAC Services, Southern Heritage Bank,  Dr. & Mrs. Will Crenshaw, Bear Family Dentistry, Pecan Bayou Subdivision, Red River Dermatology, Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital, Cenla Heart Specialists, and Regions Bank. Event Partners are Jack’s & Bayou Mosquito.

For tickets and more information, call 318-473-2670. Visit us on the web at www.riveroaksartscenter.comor follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

#MWCAM19 - Saturday, May 18th  




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