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Men Who Cook Sponsors




SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 – 6PM
Beverly Bartner, Judi Gallagher, Molly Schechter and Margaret Wise
Bigger. Bolder. Better. The Men Who Cook are back for this fourth annual food extravaganza. This group of Sarasota and Bradenton’s most well-respected men plan to wow you with their manly skills in the kitchen, as they prepare a dinner filled with their favorite dishes. It’s fun; it’s casual; it can’t be missed.

Event highlights include: old-fashioned auction of cakes and hats, live music, table décor competition and the parade of chefs.     

Contact the Special Events Department at or 941.351.9010 ext. 4702


Do you have what it takes to be one of the MEN WHO COOK?
Contact the Special Events Department at or 941.351.9010 ext. 4702



Managing Director
Market Investment Director, Southwest Florida
U.S. Trust, Bank of America

Entrée: Smoked Duck and Andouille Gumbo

Scott is a Managing Director and Market Investment Director for U.S. Trust® in southwest Florida. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he serves on the board of Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County. Scott moved to the area in 2002 from Knoxville, TN and in his spare times enjoys numerous outdoor activities that draw so many to Florida’s Sun coast. Scott’s interest in cooking began in college as a way to earn money for tuition and stay fed... A self-professed weekend culinary warrior, Scott  is very much at home in the kitchen sharing ideas and creating interesting dishes with his brother, Brian, and friends. Bon Appétit!!!

Business Development
Octex LLC

Entrée: Poached Chilean Sea Bass over Polenta Napoleon

 John Bowman comes from the world of pharmaceutical sales and marketing, and now does Business Development for Octex LLC. In college, John worked in fine dining, and developed a passion for food and preparation techniques. After many years of burning down kitchens and unintentionally poisoning family and friends, he is ready to show those daring enough to sit at his table that he is dangerous in the kitchen in other ways. His biggest inspiration in the kitchen is local award-winning Chef Mac DeCarle, former partner at Cork, and now owner of Nutrition Kitchen.

President & CEO
JA Moody Company
Entrée: Shrimp and Artichoke Linguine
Frank is the President of JA Moody Company, a specialty Marine sales and service company. He is also the Chairman of SSG-Barco, Inc., an environmental remediation and engineering company. Frank has three grown children, Lisa, Greg and Tara as well as six lovely grandchildren ranging from 2 years to fourteen years in age.  He enjoys running on the beach, biking, kayaking and boating.


Executive Editor
Herald-Tribune Media Group



Southeast Venture "SeVen" Holdings, LLC

Entrée: Cogan's “Military Mess Hall” Chili



Entrée: Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

 Jerry Feinstein is a retired general contractor. His career included industrial and commercial construction, real estate development and home building. He lives in Longboat Key and Aspen with his wife Wendy. They have five children and nine grandchildren. In addition to cooking, Jerry enjoys biking, skiing, and boating. He loves being with his family and special friends. Theatre, opera, ballet and travel enrich his life.

“There isn’t a place in the world that I love more than the kitchen. It’s not important where it is, how it is, as long as it’s a kitchen. A place where I can cook; where I’m happy. If possible I prefer it to be functional and lived in, with a lot of towels, dry and clean, and sparkling white tiles. I also like incredibly messy kitchens where the floor is scattered with vegetables pieces. I feel so at home in a lively kitchen that if I look up, I see stars shining in the sky.” -Unknown poet 

IB Coordinator/Assistant Principal
Riverview High School
Entrée: Contemporary Flemish Stew
Dr. Paul Gallagher is the IB Coordinator and Assistant Principal of Riverview High School. Most recently Doctor Gallagher was named to an International Board of Directors for IB Schools, representing both North and South America. Not only has he mastered the craft of quiche, as evidenced by last year's Irish Country Quiche, but he has reached into family folklore for this year's entry: Contemporary Fleming Stew. A humorous Irishman, Dr. Gallagher harbors a passion for eating...and, in the process, found the love of his life in Chef Judi G.

Director of Development
Community AIDS Network
Entrée: Cold Sesame Noodles with Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce



Entrée: Country Sausages with Beans

Jack and his wife Maureen have been winter residents of Longboat Key since 2006. They are originally from the Philadelphia suburbs of Media, Pennsylvania. He is the retired President and CEO of MoJack, Inc. Jack enjoys playing golf, walking, reading and especially traveling, where he and Maureen pursue their mutual passion for good and different cultural foods! This is Jacks' fourth year of participation in MEN WHO COOK in Sarasota. He is looking forward to tasting everyone's creations and sharing his recipe with those who enjoy different variations of traditional American and Italian cuisine! 


Senior Relationship Manager
PNC Wealth Management


Ever since his first fried bologna sandwich, one of Brad's favorite activities is experimenting for friends & family in the kitchen. A 19 year resident of Sarasota with his wife Mary Beth and two children, he considers the invitation to participate in Men Who Cook a great way to support Asolo Rep. Based on advice from counsel, he is drafting a hold harmless letter given his wife's recommendation, who has been eating his cooking for 25 years. 

Interior/Exterior Designer

Entrée: Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Born on October 16, 1960, Ronald was raised in a retail family. By the age of 21 he was overseeing his family’s businesses -- buying, merchandising, and all that goes with the retail world. He did so for 27 years. The past 12 years Ronald has built an Interior/exterior design business, which is a passion, doing business in the New York Tri-State area, as well as in stunning Sarasota Florida, Hawaii, Washington D.C. and North Carolina. Recently, Ronald has added Event Planning, Catering and Tablescape design to his repertoire.

He now spends 6-7 months of the year here in beautiful Sarasota Florida, and the rest of his time in the small sleepy town of Hawthorne -- just 12 miles off the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey.....yes, a Jersey-Italian. He is blessed to be in a 24-year relationship with his life partner, Steven VanLenten. He considers himself a forward-type of guy, and will always tell it as he sees it.

Ronald believes that what one puts out into the universe will come back to them. Life is as good as one makes it.


State Street Eating House + Cocktails; ARK Catering




President and CEO
Michael Urban Hair Studio
Michael S. Krempel is the President & CEO at Michael – Urban Hair Studio. His 14 years of professional experience in the hair fashion industry, combined with a dedication to expand and refine his knowledge, has resulted in expert styling and coloring techniques.

Exceptional technique and years of experience represent only a part of Michael’s uncommon talent. His imagination and intuition allows Michael to connect with his guest, better understand what they want, and develop a complete image of their style. This artistic side completes the necessary union of creativity, knowledge, and experience that makes Michael a truly unique and extraordinary stylist.


FSU/Asolo Conservatory Director
Associate Artistic Director

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Entrée: Pork and Hominy Stew

Greg Leaming is currently in his ninth season as Director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and Associate Artistic Director of Asolo Repertory Theatre. In addition to directing at numerous theatres across the country, Greg has spent time developing new plays with organizations including New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Gathering at Bigfork, and Theatre of the First Amendment and has also translated/adapted a number of works for the stage, including A Flea in Her Ear, Anything to Declare and an upcoming adaptation of George Feydeau’s Le Dindon. This season, Greg is directing Other Desert Cities at Asolo Rep and The School for Lies for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. 


Pastry Chef
Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar




Executive Chef and Proprietor

Chef Paul Mattison grew up in New York, cooking and gardening side by side with his Italian grandmother, Esther. He began his culinary career at age 15 in a local Greek restaurant and was encouraged by the restaurant’s owner to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Upon graduating with honors from CIA, Chef Paul went to Aspen where he would refine his skills over the next five years working at Piñons, a one-of-a-kind restaurant receiving top kudos from Zagat.

In 1991, Chef Paul relocated to Sarasota, Florida as the executive chef and proprietor of the Summerhouse Restaurant on Siesta Key, which quickly became a local treasure and institution, establishing Chef Paul Mattison as a celebrated local chef. In 2001, Chef Paul and Jason Sango created the Mattison’s concept which includes: Mattison’s Catering Company, a full service in-house and off-site catering company; Mattison’s City Grille, an award-winning al fresco restaurant in downtown Sarasota; Mattison’s Forty-One, a highly acclaimed local restaurant boasting comfortable elegance in South Sarasota; Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel, the official in-house caterer at the waterfront Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall offering pre-show dining and events; and Mattison’s Culinary Adventure Travel, a personalized tour operator offering an irreplaceable hands-on culinary experience filled with history, culture, tradition and of course amazing meals.

Chef Paul regularly conducts cooking demonstrations, wine-pairing dinners, culinary tours, and participates in a variety of local fundraising events.


President & CEO
Nuovo Salon Group

Entrée: Lacquered Chicken Wings

In addition to being the President and CEO of NUOVO Salon Group, Terry moonlights as the Fashion Editor for the Herald Tribune’s Style Magazine. Initially a pre-med major eyeing dermatology or plastic surgery, Terry’s father always predicted he’d be “a hairdresser or a chef”. While the beauty industry prevailed, culinary pursuits have remained a passion and a pastime for this creative, forward-thinking professional.

Still busy “behind the chair” Terry continues to serve a thriving (and very valued) clientele. Already a Strategies Certified Business Coach, he recently embarked on Inspiring Champions’ Advanced Leadership Program “to stay on top of the game”. Active in the community, he heads up the marketing and promotion for NUOVO Salon Group and attends many of the charitable events Sarasota is so well known for. When not out and about, you can find him at home with his partner Mike, their two Schnauzers “Paint” and “Pi” and their Puggle “Brody”.


Entrée: Moussaka

Ron Pantello spent forty years in the advertising agency business based in New York City. He graduated from the University of Miami and earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ron is co-author of Medicine Ave: The Story of Medical Advertising in America, Volumes 1 & 2. 

Recently retired and living on Longboat Key, Ron spends his time writing plays and screenplays. His most recent screenplay, Blood Secrets, was a second round selection in the PAGE awards and quarterfinalists in Scriptapalooza writing contest. His new play Mother and Sons was a finalist in the 2013 New Play Festival at The Players Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.




President, Shrimp Division
National Fish & Seafood, Inc.

Jeff has lived in Sarasota for 34 years. He is the President of the Shrimp Division for National Fish Co. which is one of the world’s largest integrated seafood producers. In his few escapes from traveling, he enjoys cooking and snow skiing. His passion for cooking began as a young child spending time with his father in the kitchen. 


Gary W. Sweetman Photography & Digital Imaging, Inc.

Entrée: South African Bunny Chow





Director of Community Investment
Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Entrée: Cosmopolitan Chicken Curry

Former Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton joined the Gulf Coast Community Foundation as Director of Community Investment in September 2012. Jon works with nonprofit organizations, donors, and other community partners to invest Gulf Coast grants and resources in projects that will transform our region and improve public policies. He currently leads Gulf Coast’s Feeding Hungry Families initiative, an unprecedented effort to transform our region’s charitable hunger-relief system. 

Before and during his career in elected office, Jon earned great respect for crossing traditional boundaries and listening to all sides of an issue before making a decision. His active involvement in both business and environmental issues ultimately contributed to his first successful campaign for the Sarasota County Commission in 2000 and his reelection in 2004 and 2008. He is recognized throughout Florida as a leading advocate for protecting the natural environment. He is a fourth-generation Floridian who was born near Osprey and began working at his family’s real estate company at 14. He began his environmental advocacy at Venice High School in 1974 as a founding member of the Ecology Club.

Jon is an acknowledged leader in growth management, environmental preservation, water conservation, and transportation planning. His commission appointments included the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Manasota Water Supply Authority, and National Association of Counties Growth and Land Use Committee. Jon has been awarded the 1,000 Friends of Florida State Growth Management Award and was twice named the Nature Conservancy’s Grassroots Activist of the Year. In 1996, he was featured in National Geographic for his work in preserving endangered species.


Van Buskirk Osteopathic

Entrée: Paella Pot

Richard Van Buskirk is a longtime Sarasota resident who is happily married to Monica Slater-Van Buskirk and the proud step father to Gabrielle Slater. He enjoys reading, attending Arts performances, gardening, writing and when he can make time for it, cooking.

Dr. Van Buskirk is an internationally recognized osteopathic physician who has practiced Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in Sarasota for 24 years. Before going to osteopathic medical school in West Virginia he was an Associate Professor in Physiology and Neuroscience, having earned his PhD from Duke University. Dr. Van Buskirk is a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy and has served for 15 years on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is the published author of books, medical and scientific articles and has given lectures and courses in North America, Europe and Japan.


Chairman and Founder
InfaCare Pharmaceutical Corporation

Entrée: "Slap Ya Mama" BBQ Ribs

Bob, also called “Dr V” by his friends and former employees, is Chairman and Founder of InfaCare Pharmaceutical Corp. developing new therapies for neonates and pediatric patients. He has over 40 years of drug development experience and was employed by Warner Lambert, E.R. Squibb and the Revlon Health Care Group prior to founding Roberts Pharmaceutical. Dr. Vukovich is a Trustee of Allegheny College, Meadville, PA. He is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College with a degree in clinical pharmacology and pathology. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications dealing with drug development and clinical pharmacology. He has received numerous awards in his career including Entrepreneur of the Year for Biotechnology. He and his fellow researchers developed over 30 new pharmaceutical products intended for patients with infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid disorders and those with pediatric disease. 

Bob recently retired from the pharmaceutical industry and devotes most of his time breeding, selling, and racing Thoroughbred horses. They have bred many stakes winners and their dream is to have one of their horses entered into the Kentucky Derby. Bob and his wife Laura reside in Longboat Key and have four grandchildren. Their philanthropic efforts include local and national charities. Recently the couple made a significant contribution to Bob’s alma mater, Allegheny College enabling the College to construct a new Communication Arts building named after the Vukovich family.