Our 8th Annual
REAL MEN BAKE & ROCK AT THE SOCK HOP was held on Monday, March 19, 2018, 6-9 pm
Place: The Field House at Old School Square
2018 Winners: Third Place – Philip Petito, First Place – Steve Swanson, and Second Place – Dick Weir and Don Bates
More than 30 bakers offering delectable delights, both sweet and savory, helped make the GFWC Delray Beach Woman’s Club’s eighth annual Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop a banner year for the event. Delray Beach Police Officer Steve Swanson’s rich chocolate brownies with a bourbon chocolate sauce won first place. Many of the bakers are pictured below:
With more than 160 guests on hand, the event raised several thousand dollars that will be distributed back into the community. “This was our best year ever on several fronts,” said club president, Mary Reis, in a news release. “Our bakers outdid themselves this year with amazing creations, ranging from corn cakes and fritters to cheesecakes and brownies.”
In addition to raising money through a $35 entry fee and sponsorships, the club also brought in funds through a fun action conducted by Debbie Arrigio, along with a popular silent auction, and a 50/50 drawing. “We’re very grateful to our guests, our bakers, and, of course, our wonderful committee, which did an incredible job organizing the event,” Reis said.
During the evening, guests had a chance to vote on their favorite culinary creation; and, once again, Police Officer Steve Swanson came away the winner this year, bringing rich chocolate brownies with a bourbon chocolate sauce. Taking second place was the team of Don Bates and Dick Weir with their seven-layer fiesta dip, while third place went to Phil Petito, who served orange cheesecake bites dipped in chocolate.
Special guest bakers this year included City Commissioner Ryan Boylston, City Manager Mark Lozier, Community Redevelopment Agency Director Jeff Costello, former City Commissioner Jim Chard, and other business and community leaders.
Atlantic High School Culinary Arts program students and representatives from several nonprofit organizations also contributed sweet treats
Sponsors for Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop were Ellie’s 50’s Diner & Ellie’s Catering, Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM (Arrigio Automotive Group), and Old School Square. Pictured are Ellie and Bob Smela of Ellie’s 50’s Diner.
Reis said the club is already looking forward to next year, with the ninth “Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop” set for Monday, April 8, 2019. “We’re hoping many of our bakers will be back next year and the event will be better than ever,” she said.
Pictured below are: RMB Committee Members Lynne Wolfe, Joann Haros, Cas DiScipio, and Mary Hoffman; Bakers Philip Petito, Tony Chin, Steve Swanson, and John Miller.
[Photos by Frank Reis, Rich Pollack, and Mal Bates]
Many thanks to Jan W.van Der Baan for sharing his video and photos and to Rick Pollack for his photos at the 2016 Real Men Bake