Next week, if you’re in the Denver area there’s a real treat in store from the Denver Health Foundation. On Wednesday June 13, from 6pm-9pm at Elway’s Cherry Creek, the foundation is hosting their 4th annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge fundraiser for men’s health.
This ultimate man party is about 15 of Denver’s top chefs grilling real food in a heated competition, plus a dessert chef to complement the menu. Guests will savor juicy sliders and hearty side dishes expertly paired with wine, enjoy live music by Chris Daniels and the Kings, a High Striker carnival game competition, and a silent auction. And the best part? It’s all to help raise awareness and funds for Denver Health Foundation’s men’s health programs. Tickets start at $100 per person and must be purchased in advance online at DenverHealthFoundation.org.
The field of competitors represents some of Denver’s best culinary talent and their impressive restaurants. Chefs include Steve Ballas of Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, Robert Bogart of Elway’s Downtown, Michael Bortz (Dessert Chef) of City Bakery, Jamey Fader of Lola & Big Red F Restaurant Group, Troy Guard of TAG, TAG Raw Bar & Madison Grill, Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja, Bistro Vendôme & Euclid Hall, Simon Purvis of EDGE Restaurant, Paul Reilly, Matt Selby & Brandon Biederman of Vesta Dipping Grill & Steuben’s, Goose Sorensen of Solera, Darrel Truett of Barolo Grill, Tyler Wiard & Aniedra Nichols of Elway’s Cherry Creek, Elise Wiggins of Panzano, Sean Yontz of El Diablo. Guests may purchase poker chips to use for casting votes for their favorite sliders and sides. Chips (votes) range from $5 to $100 and raise additional funds for Denver Health Foundation.
The top 10 health threats to men are mostly preventable. One reason is because men are less likely to see the doctor — 40.7 percent (men) versus 59.3 percent (women) – until those small, preventable issues become big problems. Men age 24-44 account for a mere 7.4 percent of current visits and these are mostly for weekend warrior type orthopedic injuries. Regular physical exams, plus serious attention paid to exercise, eating habits, smoking cessation and other prevention strategies can help reverse these barriers that can lead to premature death. Funds raised through Hot Rocks will raise awareness of men’s health issues and support programs to prevent unnecessary and premature death.
And what’s a fundraiser without Forkly users spreading the word & sharing the love?! If you’re able to attend the event, RSVP as soon as possible. When at the event, include the hashtag #MensHealth and/or the handle @DenverHealthMed in your Forkly posts. Two of Forkly’s team members Martin May and Conor Swanson will be there, so be sure to check out their posts!