2018 Men Who Cook

October 3, 2018 @ 6:00PM — 9:30PM

The 12th annual Men Who Cook will be returning to the gorgeous Grand Ballroom of the Adam’s Mark hotel on Wednesday, October 3rd!

The signature fundraiser benefiting the core mission of Crisis Services


General Admission, single

Available For 46 More Days!

Ticket price includes food, two drink tickets, & parking.


General Admission, couple

Available For 46 More Days!

Ticket price includes food, four drink tickets (two per ticket), & parking.


Patron - Sponsor A Chef

Available For 46 More Days!

Name recognition at chef's station + food, two drink tickets, and parking.


Table Ticket (10 tickets)

Available For 43 More Days!

10/1 LAST DAY TO BUY TABLE TIX - 10 tix + two drinks each ticket


Men Who Cook is a yearly celebration of some of Buffalo's hallmark attributes: good food, good music, and good people gathered together for a great cause, to support the mission of Crisis Services.

What's better than good food? Not much! Now entering it's 12th year, Men Who Cook welcomes locally recognized men as they take on the role of chef for the evening. They will prepare and present their culinary delights in a food festival-esque setting as a truly delicious way to celebrate and support CRISIS SERVICES. Our chefs aren't alone in their endeavors, several area restaurants also participate to both complement and enhance the dishes from the amateur chefs.

As if live food wasn't enough, there's also live music! Truly, the founding idea behind Men Who Cook was to celebrate the art of good food, and you can't celebrate without good music. This year's featured artist is Dean Gionis from the Hot Club of Buffalo band.

Interested in helping throw the party? Consider a sponsorship opportunity!

Participating Restaurants To Date:

  • Platter's Chocolates
  • Buffalo State Hospitality Program
  • Deerheard Lakeside Restaurant & Bar
  • Tops (Lockport) – Chef Aaron Cratsenberg
  • Seneca Niagara Casino – Chef Drew Quigly
  • Ilio DiPaolo's
  • Lloyd Taco Factory
  • Dinosaur BBQ
  • Mes Que - Chef Nate Nixon
  • Left Bank

Participating Chefs To Date:

  • Returning Champion (two years running!): Father Paul Seil, Our Daily Bread
  • Patrick Finan, Block Club & Loupe Loyalty
  • Mark Gardner
  • Dave Mann, Buffalo Police Department
  • Jeff Pirrone, Niagara Falls Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative/Catholic Charities
  • Michael Ranney, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health
  • Chris Spicer, Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York
  • Jim Lenker, University at Buffalo
  • Dan Barrett, Buffalo Police Department
  • Jim Kuryak, Niagara National
  • Brian Brault, PURE Rooms CEO
  • JP Midgley, Avalon Document Services, CEO
  • Dave Greber, Anchor, WIVB/WNLO-TV
  • Dave Zak, Cheektowaga Police Chief

Thank you to our sponsors to date!

Executive Chef Sponsor:

Chef de Cuisine Sponsors:

Media Sponsor:

Sous Chef Sponsors:

In-Kind Sponsors

Event Location

Adam's Mark Hotel
120 Church St
Buffalo, New York 14202

Can't Attend?

You can support us by making a donation!