ALBANY–Eleven thousand dollars was raised for the Shalom Food Pantry at the June “Battle of the BBQ,” a fund-raiser barbecue completion, according to Shalom Pantry Program Director Chanie Simon. She explained the need for funds indicating that the pantry provides food to local financially struggling individuals and families. Every month, the food pantry distributes 1,000 pounds of food to more than 120 families, according to Simon.
Four hundred people attended the afternoon event at the Bethlehem Chabad House showcasing six teams competing for awards in categories including Ultimate BBQ Champion, Best Wings, Best Steak, and People’s Choice. Jazz music, a bounce house, face painting and touch a truck for kids were also featured.
Event attendees were offered samples of each team’s entries and side dishes, and had an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Teams competing were Guys Circle, Burnt Offerings, Fleishiks, Los Amigos de la Cocina, Burning Bush and Pass The Be-er Sheva.
Winners in the various categories were: Fleishiks, Ultimate BBQ Champion; Past The Be-er Sheva, Best Wings; and Burning Bush, Best Steak, Best-Plated Presentation and
the People’s Choice Award.
“Although not everyone won, all the teams gave many hours of their time to help raise money for the food pantry and deserve recognition,” said Simon.