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Men Who Cook Fundraiser Slated for April 14

Oxford residents and several people from other Naugatuck Valley towns will participate in the event in Ansonia to raise money for TEAM Inc.

Naugatuck Valley men will cook and serve their special dishes on April 14 at "Men Who Cook," a fundraiser for TEAM Inc., a non-profit corporation whose mission is to connect individuals and families with solutions that lead to well-being, self-sufficiency and full participation in the community.

At the event, atendees can sample Grilled Stinging Wings, Roadside Chili, Chipotle Chicken Tacos or Sicilian Special Spicy Pasta. A Here's the Beef portion will include Zap’s authentic Italian Meatballs, beef stroganoff, rouladen and red cabbage, steak on a stick, kielbasa and kraut. If poultry is your wish, then try chicken marsala, buffalo chicken sandwiches, barbecue wings, smoked turkey or teriyaki chicken.  Also on the menu are pulled pork, porketta, sides of mac and cheese, scalloped potatoes and Greek pasta with feta/veggies. Like fish and veggies, no problem as the following will be served: gazpacho, eggplant lasagna, penne with vodka sauce, grilled shrimp and seafood gumbo. And don't forget to leave room for dessert that includes chocolate mousse, coconut cupcakes, key lime pie, brownies, tres leches cake, raspberry crème brule and much more. 

Special MC for the event is Chaz of "Chaz and AJ" in the morning on 99.1 FM, WPLR, Connecticut's number one morning show. "Men Who Cook" begins at 6 p.m. and goes to 11 p.m. at Warsaw Park in Ansonia. Tickets are $55 per person and the price of admission includes food, beer/wine and soft drinks. There will also be a silent auction, and people can dance off calories with music. Tickets must be obtained in advance; see www.teaminc.org for details.

Here are the “guest chefs" who will proudly wear the 2012 "Men Who Cook" apron:

Anthony Agosto, Sean Barrett, Pastor Edward Barnes, Swindell Barnes, Scott Baxter, Jack Betkoski , Fred Bialek,  Steve Blenus,  Ryan Boos,  Harry Burlakoff, Richard Capossela,  Raymond Catlin,  Chief Mike Chaffee,  Patrick Charmel, John Coscia,  Jim Cotter, Dave Cribbins,  Sen. Joe Crisco,  Alex Danka,   Mark DeFrancesco, Bill DeRosa,  Roger Giori, Bruce Goldson, Terri Goldson,  Eric Granato,  Rep. Len Greene Jr.,  Chris Hill, Franklyn Hull,  Chief Joel Hurliman, Mike Kasinskas,  Sen. Kevin Kelly, Mike Kieley, Tim Kieley, Richard Knoll, Dan L’Altrella,  Joe Laucella,  Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Tony Leone,  Jeff Merrill,  Seymour Police Chief Michael Metzler, Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller,  Ned Miller,  James Mills, Michael Mills, David Morgan, Rick Moore, Win Oppel, Fred Ortoli, Steve Overby,  Joe Pagliaro, Jr., Naugatuck Economic Development Director Dave Pendagast, Rep. Jason Perillo, Dave Rabinove , Al Rand,  Jack Ribas, John Rollinson, Paul Roy,  Chris Sansone,  Bob Scukas, Chris Setaro,  James Sheehy,  Anthony Simonetti,  Roger Spinelli, Kevin Spooner, Thomas Steeves,  Nicholas Tarasovic, Jr., Nicholas Tarasovic, Sr., attorney Dominick Thomas, Ben Trabka,  John Trentacosta, Bert Volpacchio, Stuart Williams, John Yeager, John Zaprzalka and Tom Zaprzalka.

TEAM Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to connect individuals and families with solutions that lead to well-being, self-sufficiency and full participation in the community.  It aims to achieve its mission by conducting activities that address the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and families including resource mobilization, education, advocacy and service delivery.  TEAM programs serve the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour and Woodbridge.            

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