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Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Men Who Cook fundraiser is a fun and casual cooking extravaganza. The fourth annual Men Who Cook was held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel and featured 26 of Sarasota and Bradenton’s most well-respected gentlemen, each of whom prepared their favorite dish to share. The event was chaired by Beverly Bartner, Judi Gallagher, Molly Schechter and Margaret Wise and featured live music, an old-fashioned cake auction, a table décor competition and many other contests. All proceeds benefitted Asolo Rep’s 2013-14 season.
We thank all those who contributed to the success of this year’s event. We hope to see you at the theatre soon.
For more information on Men Who Cook, please contact Laura Stuart Wood, Special Events Manager, at 941-351-9010 ext. 4712 or Laura_Wood@asolo.org.
Entrée: Smoked Duck and Andouille Gumbo
Scott is a Managing Director and Market Investment Director for U.S. Trust® in southwest Florida. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he serves on the board of Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County. Scott moved to the area in 2002 from Knoxville, TN and in his spare times enjoys numerous outdoor activities that draw so many to Florida’s Sun coast. Scott’s interest in cooking began in college as a way to earn money for tuition and stay fed... A self-professed weekend culinary warrior, Scott is very much at home in the kitchen sharing ideas and creating interesting dishes with his brother, Brian, and friends. Bon Appétit!!!
Entrée: Poached Chilean Sea Bass over Polenta Napoleon
John Bowman comes from the world of pharmaceutical sales and marketing, and now does Business Development for Octex LLC. In college, John worked in fine dining, and developed a passion for food and preparation techniques. After many years of burning down kitchens and unintentionally poisoning family and friends, he is ready to show those daring enough to sit at his table that he is dangerous in the kitchen in other ways. His biggest inspiration in the kitchen is local award-winning Chef Mac DeCarle, former partner at Cork, and now owner of Nutrition Kitchen.
Entrée: Cogan's “Military Mess Hall” Chili
Chris Cogan was born in Louisville, Kentucky as one of nine children. Cogan learned many early lessons relative to surviving in a large, competitive household including how to cook and be self-sufficient. After moving to Florida in 1984, Cogan spent a couple of decades as a bachelor building software companies and gaining an appreciation for finer cuisine (not from a can). He married his wife Aimee in 2004 and together they have a five year-old daughter who is proud of the fact that she “got her height and her sweet-tooth from her Daddy.” Chris and Aimee are founding members of the Bellwether Group at Morgan Stanley, one of the top financial advisory teams in the country. The Cogans are committed to advancing the arts, higher education and entrepreneurialism in Florida. They enjoy boating and traveling around the globe in search of interesting boutique hotels. Chris still enjoys cooking several times a week and considers himself an experimental chef who would rather guess how something is made than refer to a cookbook.
Entrée: Dean’s Hearty Chili
Dean Eisner is past president and chief executive officer of Manheim, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim is the world’s largest provider of vehicle remarketing services. Before joining Cox, Eisner served in various executive management positions at General Electric, CBS and Sony in New York, and AGB Market Information in London.
Eisner currently serves on the boards of Ringling College, Mote Marine Laboratory, the Sarasota Arts Alliance, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, Woodruff Arts Center, Center of Civil and Human Rights, and Automotive Hall of Fame. His interest in education also has him serving in advisory roles at the University of Michigan, Georgia Tech and Ringling College. Eisner also serves on the advisory board of CVC, a large New York-based private equity firm.
Eisner holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and computer science from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. His interests include sailing, racket sports, traveling, movies, photography, and newfound exploits in golf and motorcycling – though his greatest interest is in his family: His son Matthew is a senior at University of Michigan, and his daughter Sarah attends boarding school in Vermont.
Entrée: Rosie's Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
Jerry Feinstein is a retired general contractor. His career included industrial and commercial construction, real estate development and home building. He lives in Longboat Key and Aspen with his wife Wendy. They have five children and nine grandchildren. In addition to cooking, Jerry enjoys biking, skiing, and boating. He loves being with his family and special friends. Theatre, opera, ballet and travel enrich his life.
“There isn’t a place in the world that I love more than the kitchen. It’s not important where it is, how it is, as long as it’s a kitchen. A place where I can cook; where I’m happy. If possible I prefer it to be functional and lived in, with a lot of towels, dry and clean, and sparkling white tiles. I also like incredibly messy kitchens where the floor is scattered with vegetables pieces. I feel so at home in a lively kitchen that if I look up, I see stars shining in the sky.” -Unknown poet
Entrée: Country Sausages with Beans
Ever since his first fried bologna sandwich, one of Brad's favorite activities is experimenting for friends & family in the kitchen. A 19 year resident of Sarasota with his wife Mary Beth and two children, he considers the invitation to participate in Men Who Cook a great way to support Asolo Rep. Based on advice from counsel, he is drafting a hold harmless letter given his wife's recommendation, who has been eating his cooking for 25 years.
Executive Chef and Proprietor
Chef Paul Mattison grew up in New York, cooking and gardening side by side with his Italian grandmother, Esther. He began his culinary career at age 15 in a local Greek restaurant and was encouraged by the restaurant’s owner to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Upon graduating with honors from CIA, Chef Paul went to Aspen where he would refine his skills over the next five years working at Piñons, a one-of-a-kind restaurant receiving top kudos from Zagat.
In 1991, Chef Paul relocated to Sarasota, Florida as the executive chef and proprietor of the Summerhouse Restaurant on Siesta Key, which quickly became a local treasure and institution, establishing Chef Paul Mattison as a celebrated local chef. In 2001, Chef Paul and Jason Sango created the Mattison’s concept which includes: Mattison’s Catering Company, a full service in-house and off-site catering company; Mattison’s City Grille, an award-winning al fresco restaurant in downtown Sarasota; Mattison’s Forty-One, a highly acclaimed local restaurant boasting comfortable elegance in South Sarasota; Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel, the official in-house caterer at the waterfront Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall offering pre-show dining and events; and Mattison’s Culinary Adventure Travel, a personalized tour operator offering an irreplaceable hands-on culinary experience filled with history, culture, tradition and of course amazing meals.
Chef Paul regularly conducts cooking demonstrations, wine-pairing dinners, culinary tours, and participates in a variety of local fundraising events.
TERRENCE 'TERRY' MCKEE
President & CEO
Nuovo Salon Group
Entrée: Lacquered Chicken Wings
In addition to being the President and CEO of NUOVO Salon Group, Terry moonlights as the Fashion Editor for the Herald Tribune’s Style Magazine. Initially a pre-med major eyeing dermatology or plastic surgery, Terry’s father always predicted he’d be “a hairdresser or a chef”. While the beauty industry prevailed, culinary pursuits have remained a passion and a pastime for this creative, forward-thinking professional.
Still busy “behind the chair” Terry continues to serve a thriving (and very valued) clientele. Already a Strategies Certified Business Coach, he recently embarked on Inspiring Champions’ Advanced Leadership Program “to stay on top of the game”. Active in the community, he heads up the marketing and promotion for NUOVO Salon Group and attends many of the charitable events Sarasota is so well known for. When not out and about, you can find him at home with his partner Mike, their two Schnauzers “Paint” and “Pi” and their Puggle “Brody”.
Ron Pantello spent forty years in the advertising agency business based in New York City. He graduated from the University of Miami and earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ron is co-author of Medicine Ave: The Story of Medical Advertising in America, Volumes 1 & 2.
Recently retired and living on Longboat Key, Ron spends his time writing plays and screenplays. His most recent screenplay, Blood Secrets, was a second round selection in the PAGE awards and quarterfinalists in Scriptapalooza writing contest. His new play Mother and Sons was a finalist in the 2013 New Play Festival at The Players Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
Entrée: Pork Chile Verde with Cilantro Rice
Michael grew up in Riverside, California and moved to Florida in 1983. His extensive knowledge of wine comes from 10 years with Southern Wine and Spirits in South Florida and the Keys. He had the opportunity to travel to vineyards both here in the USA and internationally. He has shared this knowledge with his guests at the Ritz-Carlton for the last 7 years, now at their new Jack Dusty Restaurant. A graduate of the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy, Michael also works in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Spa. In 2008 Michael and his wife Coral opened Cutting Loose Salon with their grown children Travis and Taelor -- with new locations in downtown Sarasota and now in Lakewood Ranch.
Michael and Coral stay connected with the community both personally and professionally. Some of the organizations they are involved with include Designing Women, SPARCC, Habitat for Humanity and The Center for Building Hope. They live in Sarasota and share their home with their two chocolate labs, Moose and Rocky. Michael’s passion for cooking was enhanced after his training with Paola Baccetti from Casa Ombuto in Tuscany, Italy. His family and friends have enjoyed Michael’s cooking and now he is excited to be one of the talented men to participate in the 2014 Men Who Cook!
PHOTO AND BIO COMING SOON
Herald-Tribune Media Group
Entrée: Gruyere, Mushroom and Ham Bread Pudding
Brian Ries is Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Tribune Media Group, where he oversees all the food and drink content for the paper. Before joining the Herald-Tribune, he worked as a critic, reviewing restaurants in Sarasota and Tampa Bay, dining at more than 500 spots during a five-year period. Brian is a passionate baker and loves to get creative in kitchen, serving his favorite audience … his wife and son. He looks forward to preparing for an extended audience and hopes that the crowd at Men Who Cook will be a little more forgiving than he used to be.
Entrée: South African Bunny Chow
Director of Community Investment
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Entrée: Cosmopolitan Chicken Curry
Former Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton joined the Gulf Coast Community Foundation as Director of Community Investment in September 2012. Jon works with nonprofit organizations, donors, and other community partners to invest Gulf Coast grants and resources in projects that will transform our region and improve public policies. He currently leads Gulf Coast’s Feeding Hungry Families initiative, an unprecedented effort to transform our region’s charitable hunger-relief system.
Before and during his career in elected office, Jon earned great respect for crossing traditional boundaries and listening to all sides of an issue before making a decision. His active involvement in both business and environmental issues ultimately contributed to his first successful campaign for the Sarasota County Commission in 2000 and his reelection in 2004 and 2008. He is recognized throughout Florida as a leading advocate for protecting the natural environment. He is a fourth-generation Floridian who was born near Osprey and began working at his family’s real estate company at 14. He began his environmental advocacy at Venice High School in 1974 as a founding member of the Ecology Club.
Jon is an acknowledged leader in growth management, environmental preservation, water conservation, and transportation planning. His commission appointments included the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Manasota Water Supply Authority, and National Association of Counties Growth and Land Use Committee. Jon has been awarded the 1,000 Friends of Florida State Growth Management Award and was twice named the Nature Conservancy’s Grassroots Activist of the Year. In 1996, he was featured in National Geographic for his work in preserving endangered species.
RICHARD L. VAN BUSKIRK
Van Buskirk Osteopathic
Entrée: Paella Pot
Richard Van Buskirk is a longtime Sarasota resident who is happily married to Monica Slater-Van Buskirk and the proud step father to Gabrielle Slater. He enjoys reading, attending Arts performances, gardening, writing and when he can make time for it, cooking.
Dr. Van Buskirk is an internationally recognized osteopathic physician who has practiced Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in Sarasota for 24 years. Before going to osteopathic medical school in West Virginia he was an Associate Professor in Physiology and Neuroscience, having earned his PhD from Duke University. Dr. Van Buskirk is a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy and has served for 15 years on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is the published author of books, medical and scientific articles and has given lectures and courses in North America, Europe and Japan.
Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards – Managing Director Linda DiGabriele
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