For 20 years, the manliest men in the Valley have been getting together for Real Men Cook in support of Arts Outreach.

This year, the event took place at Flag is up Farms.


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Dozens of men served up everything from appetizers to desserts while local brewers and winemakers poured.

Some of the tasty morsels included, steak pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, egg rolls, cheese cake and fudge. Awards where handed out in 10 categories and winners got a fancy paper chefs hat emblazoned with the contest’s logo.More than 350 guests were also treated to performances from local bands and casino games along with their food. Long tables laden with industrial warmers and great crockpots lined an indoor arena at the farm.

The proceeds from the evening went to Arts Outreach. Executive Director Sandie Mullin said the group expected to reach their goal of $20,000 and that was well over the amount raised last year.

The nonprofit group began in 1980 with just five artists volunteering their time in schools. Today, more than 70 professional artist promote the arts from Santa Ynez to Los Alamos, reaching more than 3,000 students. The group promotes community theater, after-school programs, writing class and senior arts education.

Mullin said she was thankful to all those who attended and to the chefs who lent their skills to the event. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

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