Stefanie Reed is a cancer survivor. Today we are at a celebration for Stefanie and fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Placerville California at the Gold Hills vineyards made for a beautiful setting for 10 teams to have a rib battle royale. The weather was pleasant with a sprinkling of showers. This did not damper the spirits of all involved. Ms. Goofy and I originally planned to attend as participants but when we found out there were two judging spots open we just so happened to have our Kansas City Barbecue Society Master Certified Judges badges handy. (We do not leave home without them because you never know when a bbq judge may be needed).
Stefanie is the daughter of our bbq friend Dana so we knew a lot of the participants at this celebration. It is always a blast to interact and connect with our barbeque community. Since we were at a winery the vino was flowing. Gold Hills also produces great micro-beers. This made Ms. Goofy happy because she is my beer drinkin women.
There was a raffle and auction for various prizes all benefiting the LLS society. Raley’s donated the ribs for today’s competition. The participants bought tasting tickets to sample all the competitors ribs. I found a booth selling homemade English toffee and cake balls. After judging duties a few sweets always hits the spot. Speaking of judging duties, I would like to point out the custom judging plates for today’s event.