By Steve Reynolds
The 2nd Annual Rib Cook-Off was recently held at the Marco Island Brewery and a capacity crowd was on hand to taste the succulent ribs served hot off the grill. The Marco Island Brewery was again the host venue for the event which benefits the Marco Police Foundation. Seven “Ribbers” took part in the event which raised over $3,000 for the Marco Police Foundation. Celebrity Judges sampled the offerings for such categories as taste, look and overall greatness. Only 1 and 1/ 2 points separated the winner from the 2nd place runner –up. Jan Graf, who submitted ribs done with an Asian sweet n sour recipe, took the Rib Award for Best Ribs. Second Place was awarded to her daughter Suzanne Amon and her cooking partner Duane Nettles, whose submission had a Far Eastern Korean themed barbecue.
The next event for the Marco Police Foundation will be Lunch with the Chief scheduled for Thursday, January 31. The event will be held at the Hideaway Beach Club and will begin at 11:30 AM. Special Guest Speaker will be Corporal Jose Carrillo of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations group who will speak about Child/School Safety Operations. The 2012 Marco Island Police Department Officer of the Year will also be honored. The cost of the event is $20 per person and reservations can be made by calling Debra Shanahan at 239-248-7419. Pay by phone in advance with VISA or MasterCard. Follow the Marco Police Foundation at www.marcopolicefoundation.org or like them on Facebook, @Marcopolicefoundation.
photos by Steve Reynolds