Men's cook-off planned
for first Tamarack Festival

September 20, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Men, this is your chance to show your stuffif you can cook, that is!

The first annual Seeley Lake Tamarack Festival Oct. 6 and 7 will feature an all men's cook-off on Saturday, according to Julie Gilchrist, organizer of the cook-off.

"This is totally and ego trip for the men," she said. They think craft fairs are strictly for women, so we've come up with something for them, she added.

There are three categories where the budding chefs can shine: appetizers, main dishes, or desserts. Prizes will be awarded in each category, Gilchrist said.

There are no age restrictions and few other rules. The only requirement is that the " must prepare the food," Gilchrist said, adding that they are on the "honor system" in this requirement.

The all male cook-off will be in the parking lot at the Bison and Bear Trading Center mini-mall in downtown Seeley Lake.

Men should prepare their dishes at home and bring their own electrical or heat source for keeping the dish warm at the mall.

And, they should prepare enough food for the public to sample, as well as the three or four judges who will sample dishes and declare an overall Grand Chef winner as well as winners in each category.

Small sampling cups (100 for each) will be provided at the cook-off for public tasting.

The men should bring their dishes to the mall in time for the judges to begin their sampling at 12:30 on Saturday, Oct. 6. The public can enjoy the dishes from 1 to 2 p.m. at which time the winners will be announced.

Gilchrist said a sign-up sheet for "men cooks" will be available at the chamber office downtown starting this week, and if anyone has questions they may contact her at 1-800-594-7687.