Spring Branch Education Foundation Young Leaders are hosting Cookin’ for a Cause, the Foundation’s first-ever BBQ Cook-off on Sunday, May 15. BBQ teams are invited to sharpen their knives, tweak their recipes and compete for bragging rights for the best BBQ in Spring Branch ISD.

SBEF Cookin for a Cause3_outlineYoung Leaders co-chairs Laura Stein and Vincent Montalbano, both SBEF board members and Memorial High School graduates, are anticipating a mouth-watering competition at the SPJST Lodge, 1435 Beall St. Entry fees for teams of four are $300 and cover three categories: pork ribs, chicken and open. 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.

“We’re accepting teams on a first-come, first-served basis,” said Montalbano. “It’s gratifying how many teams have already signed up. It looks like SBISD alums are still eager to compete, and our competitive spirit will fill the coffers of the SBEF Young Leaders Scholarship Fund. We’re grateful for the opportunities SBISD gave us – now we are paying it forward.”

“Families will love this event,” Stein added. “Along with good food and friendly competition, we’ll have lots of activities for kids of all ages and raffle tickets for some great prizes. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”

Tickets to the event will be available at the gate, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; they are $20 for adults and $6 for kids; kids under 6 are free. Lunch will be provided by Goode Company BBQ. Chris Johnson and The Imports will perform throughout the afternoon.

Balfour Yearbooks has stepped up to the BBQ plate as the event’s first sponsor. Other sponsorships are available at the $750, $1,500, $3,000 and $5,000 levels. Sponsors receive meals, reserved seating and drink tickets. The $5,000 Pitmaster Sponsor will also receive naming rights.

Deadline for team sign-up and sponsorships is May 3. For more information and registration forms, visit https://cms.springbranchisd.com/sbef/Events/BBQ-Cook-Off