This Year’s Chefs Are Bringing the Heat at Men Who Cook!


SECU Family House is excited to announce the ninth annual Men Who Cook fundraiser, presented by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. This delicious event showcases the culinary talents of local male professionals – amateur “chefs” – who battle it out for best in taste, presentation, most “tips” raised, and more! This year’s event will take place on August 17, 2024, in the Forsyth Barn at Legacy Stables & Events, 4151 Thomasville Rd. in Winston-Salem. About 400 partygoers will fill their bellies with sweet and savory samples crafted by the chefs and vote for their favorites through tips that benefit the Family House. Last year’s event was a record-breaking success, with proceeds topping $188,000.

“This is such a fun and exciting event that truly represents the togetherness, hospitality, and love we provide at the Family House,” said Kathy Carr, Executive Director. The Family House is a nonprofit that provides friendship, support, and affordable accommodations for adult patients and caregivers traveling to Winston-Salem for out-of-town medical care. A welcome alternative to setting up camp in hospital waiting rooms or paying for expensive hotel rooms, the Family House serves patients ages 18+ and their families with referrals from Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, and Trellis Supportive Care.

Heather Bolt Mikeal, Family House Immediate Past Board Chair shared, “I’ve been to a lot of nonprofit events, and I can say for sure that ours is the most fun. It’s a great time to socialize and, most importantly, it is our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

Chefs are responsible for creating their own recipes, with dishes ranging from appetizers to desserts. Awards are given to  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in a variety of fun categories. Supporters can also participate in early online “tipping” at


Tickets are available for $100 each starting June 1 at Those wishing to show extra support can become Wooden Spoon Sponsors for $500, which includes two tickets, a listing in the souvenir program, and early entry to the event. A table for 10 can be reserved for $1,250, a great option for corporate teams and groups of friends. Reserved tables will sell out! To become a sponsor, contact Kara Yates at the SECU Family House at 336-793-2822 or

SIDEBAR: Since opening in 2011, the Family House has served over 56,000 guests from 96 North Carolina counties and 45 states. Guests can stay for an affordable overnight rate – less than a third of the price of local hotels – thanks to loyal donors and events like Men Who Cook that support the Family House.


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