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Rush: Women to take part in cooking event

Add a pinch of Geneva History Center, blend in some Geneva Lions Club, throw in a dollop of Rotary Club of Geneva and garnish with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and you have the event created five years ago – “60 Men Who Cook.”

The event was an excellent fundraiser that asked 60 local celebrity men to whip up samples of their best appetizer, entrée, side or dessert and serve it to the public, who then would vote with dollars for their favorite. A victor in each category was named, along with a “Best Display” winner. 

Five years later, the concept is the same, but the chef makeup looks a bit different and the event is this month. This year, “30 Men” will verse “30 Women” on April 19 at the Prairie Events Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds.

A chance to sample 60 different delicacies, prepared by 60 chefs you know, commences at 5:30 p.m., with samplings starting at 6 p.m. 

Tickets are $28 if bought beforehand – online at or at the Geneva Chamber office, Geneva History Center, The Paper Merchant and State Street Jewelers. View last year’s fun at

Not only do you get to savor appetizers, entrées, sides and desserts at “30 Men vs. 30 Women Who Cook” and then vote for your favorite in each of the four categories, you also are benefiting four local nonprofits that – in turn – benefit countless other nonprofits.

A night of great fun, great food and great giving back!

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Do you have unwanted items in your basement? Does your garage resemble a retail bike shop? Is the pile of haven’t-been-worn-in-years clothes taking over your closet? Yes to any of these questions should count as a red flag to have a garage sale, and soon.

Lucky for you, the Geneva Chamber is hosting its City-Wide Garage Sale on April 26 and 27. We will do all of the advertising, marketing, signage and map creation, which will be available interactively online or printed. You keep your profits. 

There still are three days left to be included with the early bird price of $25. Sign up at If you prefer to pay with cash or check, download the form at

• Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at

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