Real Men Cook recipes: Grilled catfish, asparagus

June 14, 2012 (CHICAGO)

It's taking place at the new Salvation Army- Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. This is a national fatherhood movement that is a fun-filled, food-filled celebration of families featuring men volunteering to cook for and serve their community. Learning how to cook and sharing family recipes is something that is passed down through generations. Geneero Jackson learned from his grandfather, James Toles. They are demonstrating a grilled catfish and asparagus recipe.

Grilled Catfish

1. Take Catfish Steaks or Filets

2. Wash them

3. Season them with seasoning salt (or Mrs. Dash) and red pepper

4. After grill is clean, lit, and prepped for cooking lay Catfish on grill

a. Not directly on fire

b. (optional) put top of grill on and close vents to control heat and trap smoke for flavoring

5. Remove fish when done and enjoy


1. Clean asparagus

2. Rub down with vegetable oil

3. Sprinkle with garlic salt and red pepper

4. Place on lit grill

5. Cook for 15 minutes

Real Men Cook Father's Day Celebration
Date: June 17, 2012 3-6 pm
Location: Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (A brand new Salvation Army Facility)
1250 West 119th Street, Chicago 60643
Cost: Tickets: $20 in advance;
$25 on-site for adults;
children $10 (under 12 years old)

More about Real Men Cook on Father's Day Event:

Founded in 1990, this annual heritage event held each Father's Day in cities throughout the United States, has become the single largest family celebration in the country and the leading urban Father's Day experience. Historically as many as four generations of men stand up, volunteer, cook and serve. The organization's mantra is "Real Men Cook, Real Men Love, Real Men Care, Real Men Work, Real Men Provide, Real Men Build". This mantra appears on bandanas adorning the heads of cooks and chefs similar to the one United States President Barack Obama wore when serving at Real Men Cook Chicago in previous years.

    This year's exciting features include:
  • Live entertainment by 2011 Grammy Award Winning Jazz Saxophonist Kirk Whalum on the entertainment stage. Whalum will perform songs from his new CD, Romance Language
  • The Health and Wellness Zone that serves attendees the best in healthy and delicious grilled and raw dishes, led by physicians and staff from the University of Chicago Medical Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Community Mental Health Council and men leading the Real Men, Building Healthy Kids and Strengthening Families program, presented by Real Men Charities, Inc.
  • Real Men Read that promotes childhood and adult literacy
  • The Kids Zone with interactive games, a fitness and fun focus
  • "Let's Move" activities, from the new "slide" dances to a huge Soul Train line

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