With a goal to raise money for the American Cancer Society, about 200 people came out for Clinton National Bank’s “Men Who Cook” soup competition Sunday evening.
“For a first-year event, we were very pleased with the turnout,” said LaRee Mangler, marketing officer with Clinton National Bank.
Mangler said the bank was looking for an interesting way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. She said that cancer has touched many members of the Clinton community, including some at the bank.
“We just thought it would be a fun winter activity on a late afternoon when there is nothing going on,” Mangler said.
Mangler asked nine prominent men in the community to cook soups for the competition. This included Fulton City Administrator Randy Balk, Clinton Fire Chief Mike Brown, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce President Nathan Sondgeroth, Clinton National Bank Lender Bernie Holtkamp, Clinton County Sheriff Rick Lincoln, Camanche Fire Chief Dave Schutte, Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich, Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf and Clinton Police Chief Brian Guy. Guy was unable to compete Sunday so Officers Dean Ottens and Jim Klaes took his place. The event was held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Gil's Ballroom.
By the end of the night, Schutte was crowned “Master Man Chef,” receiving a $50 gift card and special chef’s hat and apron. He brought one of the firehouse recipes, “cheesy pork and spuds.” He said he was happy to be a part of an event helping such a great cause.
The event featured a variety of soups for participants to enjoy. Wolf brought a butternut squash soup made from squash grown in his own garden. Vulich brought a family recipe of tomato florentine. Lincoln and Balk both brought chicken tortilla soups, which were family favorites. Holtkamp made corn chili and Sondgeroth had a taco soup. Ottens prepared a family recipe of “manly” chili, which he said was a meaty chili that was not too hot. Brown brought a sweet garden chili using tomatos, onions and peppers he grows in his garden.
Lisa Millman came out to the competition to support the Clinton Police Department. She also brought her friend, Maureen McEleney, with her. Millman and McEleney agreed it was a wonderful competition.
“‘Men Who Cook,’ what a wonderful idea,” Millman said.
Jenny and Jay Detterman attended the competition to support the cause, thinking it would be a fun event. They both agreed that the soups were delicious.
“I’m hungry just looking at this line up. It looks excellent,” David Reynolds said as he got his soup.