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'Men Who Cook' Serve Those in Need

Barrington Presbyterian Church hosts its annual Fat Tuesday fundraising dinner to benefit clients of TAP-IN and the East Bay Coalition for the Homeless.

The “Men Who Cook “ at Barrington Presbyterian Church produced some mouth-watering dishes and some aid for those in need at the annual Fat Tuesday fundraiser last evening, Feb. 21.

Or as emcee Kate Notley, the wife of Pastor Patrick Notley, told everyone: "We do things a little different around here."

Beef stew. Spinach salad. Spaghetti pie. Cranberry pork tenderloin. Caesar salad. Green junk jello. Dominican red beans and rice. Gumbo. Swedish meatballs. Tossed salad.

These were the main dishes. Then there was the dessert table, done each year by Jack Hartwein-Sanchez.

Strawberries dipped in dark and white chocolate. Cherries dipped in chocolate. Pecan pie. Key lime pie. Three separate cheesecakes. And, perhaps, the hit of the evening. Carrot cake topped with edible flowers.

Many people seemed to be keeping an eye on the dessert table as they gobbled down dinner.

The dinner raised slightly more than $1,500 for TAP-IN and the East Bay Coalition for the Homeless, according to Peter Shaw. It will be split between the two organizations.

You couldn’t make the dinner? All of the recipes are in the church’s very own cookbook: Our Daily Bread.

“Presbyterians seems to gather around food a lot,” said Betsy Champlin. “So we thought we’d do a cookbook with some of our favorite recipes.”

The church sells the cookbook for $10. Call the church at 245-2218 and leave a message between Tuesday and Thursday, said Champlin.

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