Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cook for a cause with Spring Branch Education Foundation Young Leaders

Spring Branch Education Foundation Young Leaders are hosting Cookin’ for a Cause, the Foundation’s BBQ cook-off, on Saturday, May 20, at 10225 Katy Freeway (formerly Sports Authority). BBQ teams are invited to sharpen their knives, tweak their recipes and compete for bragging rights for the best BBQ in Spring Branch ISD.

Young Leaders co-chairs Laura Stein and Vincent Montalbano, both SBEF board members and Memorial High School graduates, are anticipating a mouth-watering competition. Entry fees for teams of four are $400 and cover four categories: brisket, chicken, pork ribs and open category. Teams will receive a 20X20 cooking area with electrical power, eight wristbands for lunch and four cook-off aprons. Judging will take place mid-afternoon, with winners announced at 5:45 p.m.

“SBISD alums, parents and community members are eager to compete. This competitive spirit will fill the coffers of the SBEF Young Leaders Scholarship Fund. We’re grateful for the opportunities SBISD gave us and is now giving our children, so we’re paying it forward. Thanks to the proceeds of our inaugural event last year, we are awarding three scholarships to 2017 grads. Next year, we plan to double or triple that amount,” said Montalbano.

“Families love this event,” Stein added. “Along with good food and friendly competition, we’ll have lots of family activities and raffle tickets for some great prizes. Kids will enjoy a game truck, petting zoo, face painting and much more. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”

Tickets to the event, which includes a BBQ lunch, will be available at the gate, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $6 for kids; kids under 6 are free. Chris Johnson and The Imports will perform throughout the afternoon.

James and Mallory Shaddix have stepped up to the BBQ plate as the event’s first Boss Hog sponsor. Other sponsorships are available for $750 (Little Smokey), $1,500 (Boss Hog), $3,000 (King of the Grill) and $5,000 (Pitmaster). Sponsors receive meals, reserved seating and drink tickets. The Pitmaster Sponsor will also receive naming rights.

Deadline for team sign-up and sponsorships is May 12. 

For more information and registration forms, visit


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