The people have spoken. King Street Blues received the People's Choice for best ribs by those who attended the Fifth Annual Ribs Contest on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Kingstowne Shopping Center. Shooter McGee's earned Judge's Choice for best ribs.
The six judges were: Bob Maddigan of WTOP Newsradio; Verle Hammond, CEO of Innolog; Del. Mark Sickles (D-43); Michael Birchenall, editor of Food Service Monthly; Brad Bender, a certified barbecue judge; and Supervisor Dana Kauffman (D-Lee).
"We try to involve community folks and well-known folks," said Kim Monti, of the judges. Monti is the director of Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia, which sponsored the event.
"We had about 800 people show up, and everyone was given the chance to vote for their favorite ribs," said Monti. "We probably took in between $12,000 and $15,000 the day of the event, not counting donations from our sponsors towards the cost of holding the event," said Monti.
The final total, minus various expenses associated with the event should be available soon, said Monti. The money will continue to support the work of Housing and Community Services.
Also present at the event was Just Clowning Around, who provided two clowns, one for entertainment, one to make balloon animals, and a face painter for the children, said Monti. Some community booths were set up by Verizon and Amerifinancial. "We're thinking of making it more of a community event next year," said Monti.