Our 7th Annual REAL MEN BAKE & ROCK AT THE SOCK HOP was held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 6-9 pm
Place: The Fieldhouse at Old School Square
The event, a fundraiser for the GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach, formerly the Ladies Improvement Association, featured bakers from across the community, including a city commissioner, representatives of the city’s police department, and other community members from all walks of life
Giving back tasted sweet during the GFWC Women’s Club fundraiser, “Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop.”
Since its inception seven years ago, the event has raised more than $60,000 that is donated back into the community. Funds help support nonprofits, including the Delray Beach Public Library and the Caring Kitchen. Proceeds also help fund two scholarships, one to the former Atlantic High School student now a senior at Florida Atlantic University, and another that makes it possible for a young baseball player to attend a high-quality clinic hosted by the South Florida’s Collegiate Baseball League.
“Every year, Real Men Bake brings together people from throughout our city to have a fun evening and raise money to support organizations in our community,” said the Woman’s Club co-president, Trish Jacobson. “This year we had our most successful event ever thanks to overwhelming participation from guests young and old, as well as families and civic employees.”
More then 150 people attended the event and tasted both sweet and savory offerings from about 20 bakers, including Vice Mayor Jim Chard and students in the Atlantic High School Culinary Arts program.
Winning this year’s people’s choice competition were two of the youngest bakers, Luke and Jack Miller, who impressed the crowd with their s’mores brownies. The boys, ages 12 and 14 and students at Trinity Lutheran School, beat out their dad, John Miller, who represented the Delray Beach Historical Society and took second place with his miniature key lime pies topped with a coconut, rum-infused whipped cream.
“We cook and bake a lot as a family,” John Miller said. “The boys did everything on their own from measuring to mixing to baking. The only thing they didn’t do was the dishes – and they need to work on that.”
Third place went to Delray Beach police detective Adrian Rackauskas, who made his Real Men Bake debut with candied bacon drizzled with dark chocolate, caramel, and nuts.
“Our bakers were really remarkable,” says Trish Jacobson, co-president of the Woman’s Club. “Many are excellent bakers and they went out of their way to come up with dishes that truly are delicious.” Guests paid $35 per person in advance, or $40 at the door to have an opportunity to taste each of the offerings and cast votes for their favorites. They also enjoyed a cash bar, plus a silent auction of over 30 baskets and a live auction of donations by Seagate Hotel & Spa and Marriott Hotel.
Real Men Bake featured a live band, Wild Bill & The Thrill, playing oldies that blended in with the event’s 50’s theme.
The sponsors for Real Men Bake were Ellie’s 50’s Diner, Old School Square, Coastal Construction, MSA Architects Inc. (Miami), the Frank Woodard and Lynn Davis Foundation, Floridian Community Bank (Delray Beach), Hand’s Office and Art Supply (Delray Beach), Lori & Steve Martel – ReMax Advantage Plus Realty (Delray Beach), Short Run Printing (Delray Beach), and M. Wyloge Family Trust (Arizona).
Our 6th Annual
REAL MEN BAKE & ROCK AT THE SOCK HOP
was held on Friday, April 15, 2016,
at the Fieldhouse at Old School Square
More than 30 male bakers (local celebrity chefs provided an all-you-can-eat feast of baked goods, sweet and savory. Music and dancing to the 50’s and 60’s was provided by DJ, Mike Perry.
Many thanks to Jan W.van Der Baan for sharing his video and photos and to Rick Pollack for his photos