News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 17, 2016
Island men cook up night of fun and raise scholarship money

Bruce Bulger

Bruce Bulger made mashed potatoes.

Photo courtesy of ICEC

When guests entered the Deer Isle-Stonington High School gymnasium on the evening of Saturday, March 12, they were met with an eclectic buffet of dishes and flavors spanning numerous cuisines, according to a news release from Edible Island. Brazilian Seafood Stew, Korean BBQ Pork Buns, and Baklava were just a few of the dishes served for the 12th annual Men Who Cook benefit dinner.

Over 150 community members came out to enjoy music from Isle of Jazz and taste what their neighbors had whipped up for dinner.

Twenty-five men put their best dish forward at this year’s event. After tasting, guests had an opportunity to vote for their favorites in three categories. Barrett Gray took home the honors for Best Soup, Salad, or Side with his Seafood Chowder. In the Appetizer and Main Dish category, Aaron Bulger and Isaac Dworsky placed first with their Pork Buns. Zane Bulger wowed diners with his Lemon Meringue Pie and took the most votes for Best Dessert. At the end of the evening though, it was the Baklava from Demetrius Pezaris that impressed diners the most, and he went home with the Best in Show award.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Zach Rosenfield Memorial Scholarship, which supports graduating high school seniors pursuing studies related to the culinary arts, agriculture, ecology, health, and nutrition. To date, the scholarship has been awarded to six students, totaling $6,500. To learn more about the scholarship or any of Edible Island’s other programs contact Wes Norton at 367-5888 or visit edibleisland.org.

Bruce Bulger

Bruce Bulger made mashed potatoes.

Photo courtesy of ICEC
Demitrius Pezaris

Demitrius Pezaris took the overall award for his Baklava.

Photo courtesy of ICEC
What’s for dinner?

“Want to try a spicy cheddah chip?” asks chef-for-the-day Geoff Marshall of Little Deer Isle, as cooks of one specific gender show off their skills at the annual Men Who Cook event at the Deer Isle-Stonington High School on March 12.

Photo courtesy of IECE
Men Who Cook crowd

A crowd descends upon the Men Who Cook event held Saturday, March 12.

Photo courtesy of IECE