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Kookers Kare Annual Winter Fun Fest

Save the date, February 18, 2017 for Kookers Kare Annual pot luck dinner, Winter FunFest. There will be fun, food and a great time and as always a chance to win free contest entries to the 2017 BBQ season. Bring a side dish, your own beverages and again Kookers Kare will provide two whole hogs and desert. The venue will be the same, Abdallah Shrine Temple, 5300 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66202.
Each year the party gets bigger and better. Last year’s theme “BBQ Olympics” was a hit. This year we will be decorating the hall with a “Las Vegas” theme. There will be a “Scavenger Hunt” to see which tables get to eat first.  We are looking at another sellout crowd so get your tickets early. Last year we raffled off over 33 BBQ Contest Entries and loads of door prizes.
Awards for the Kookers Kare BBQ Series will be given out and you will be able to sign up for the 2017 Series at the event. The series will be based on all the 2017 BBQ contests donated to Kookers Kare. The cost to enter will be a $30.00 tax deductible donation to Kookers Kare. The winners will be determined on a point system and prizes will be awarded at the 2018 Winter FunFest.
Thanks to the donations of time and money from competitive BBQ teams and the people in the BBQ community all around the Midwest, Kookers Kare was able to donate $5,000.00 to Harvesters Turkey fund. This provided turkeys to hundreds of families this past Thanksgiving. We were also able to donate $12,000 to Harvesters Back Snack program which will provide 48 children with weekend meals for an entire school year. Thank you to all those who support Kookers Kare.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

This year’s American Royal BBQ Food Rescue was looking to be the best ever.  We actually collected 40% more meat that the year before thanks to more of the big parties contributing leftovers. There was 3,000 pounds of the world’s best BBQ headed for kitchens and feeding stations all around Kansas City. Providing needed protein for those people whose next nutritious meal is never a sure thing. In addition there was 1,200 pounds of sides to make the meals healthy, something most people in need are not always able to accomplish.

All of that food was recalled and destroyed because, in the eyes of the Kansas City Health Department it could not be served to the public. We have scheduled a meeting with the Health Department to discuss future food donations and what we can do to get our program back on track.

Kookers Kare would like to thank all the volunteers, the teams and everyone who attempted to make this happen. We are crushed that the hard work and the sacrifices of both time and money that were made by the BBQ community were literally thrown away. We will make every effort to see this never, ever happens again.

As of this writing we, Kookers Kare, Harvesters, KCBS and numerous competition teams are working on a solution to replace and distribute all or part of what was lost. Stay tuned.

Snake Saturday Charity Cook-off

The North Kansas City Charity Cook-off is the first event of the Snake Saturday weekend where charities can win prize money for their cause. Charities are provided an 8-10 oz. Kansas City Strip steak, and a typical take out box. Steaks are judged on their taste, tenderness and presentation, including decorating the take out box in line with the yearly theme.

This is an event that Kookers Kare has been involved with for about 10 years and we always look forward to doing it. This year John and Betsy Masters and Matt and Melinda Daughtry did the cooking and a fine job they did, coming in fifth against a tough crowd of 25 other charities. Good job and thank you for your continued involvement and support of Kookers Kare.