“Men Can Cook” is a very popular fundraiser for the Women’s Resource Center that, this year, will be held from  5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Greensboro Coliseum’s Piedmont Hall.

This yearly culinary event for a very good cause features more than 50 “chefs” (that is, men famous in their own kitchens) serving up their signature dishes.

Guests at the event will get to try dozens of samples.

This year, however, the event is being called “Men Can Cook… with a Twist.”

That name was chosen because there is a twist to it this year.

Here it is: For the 2024 event, all the chefs at Men Can Cook will be women.

Not really. The actual twist is “a curated tasting of small-batch, hand-crafted wines, beers, ciders, meads and distilled spirits from award-winning Triad-area producers: Steel Hands Brewing, Stonefield Cellars, Junius Lindsay Vineyard, Stardust Cellars, Bull City Ciderworks, and Fainting Goat Spirits.”

Guests will be able to sample the food and drinks at what organizers say, “promises to be Greensboro’s culinary rave of the year.”

There certainly must be some solid planning going into it if the organizers are sending out a press release for the October event in mid-April. It definitely gives people time to save the date.

 At this year’s event, there will also be live music and gift baskets for purchase donated by generous community supporters.

One reason the Women’s Resource Center is putting out notice so early is that it’s still seeking additional chef volunteers and community sponsors.

This year’s Premier Sponsor is Christopher T. Barbee, Stifel Financial Advisors/Gonzales- Barbee Wealth Management Group.

The Men Can Cook fundraiser began in 2001 and now raises over $100,000 each year for the Women’s Resource Center.

That Center is described as “a one-stop, non-profit community resource providing job search and career counseling, legal information, and a range of programs and services that assist women and families in Guilford County.  The Women’s Resource Center, which opened in 1995, serves more than 7,500 families each year.”

Tickets, at $50 each, are available at the Women’s Resource Center at 628 Summit Ave. in Greensboro, or online at www.womenscentergso.org – or at the door.

Twisted Tasting Room tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of. ID is required so, if you are not drinking age, just eat the food or make sure you have access to a fake ID.

For information on how to become a Community Chef or Sponsor of Men Can Cook, you can contact Marti Smith at 336-275-6090 or by email at Marti@womenscentergso.org.