Record Crowd Attends Woman’s Club Real Men Bake Event


Staff report

It was a record year for the eighth annual Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop.

More than 30 bakers and 160 guests attended the GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach fundraising event this year.

Money raised will be distributed back into local nonprofits. In addition to raising money through a $35 entry fee and sponsorships, the club also brought in funds through a fun live auction, a popular silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.

“This was our best year ever on several fronts,” said club President Mary Reis. “Our bakers outdid themselves this year, with amazing creations ranging from corn cakes and fritters to cheese cakes and brownies.”

During the evening guests had a chance to vote on their favorite culinary creation and once again Delray Beach 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 Petitio, who served orange cheesecake bites dipped in chocolate.

Special guest bakers this year included City Commissioner Ryan Boylston, City Manager Mark Lauzier, Community Redevelopment Agency Director Jeff Costello and other business and community leaders.