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HUGE SUCCESS: 1st Annual IBEW SoCal BBQ & Chili Cook-Off

The 1st Annual SoCal IBEW BBQ and Chili Cook-Off – organized by EWMC San Diego, IBEW 569, and IBEW 465 – was a resounding success!   Over 20 chefs squared off in a cook-off between IBEW Union Members of Local’s 47, 465, 440, and 569.

The contest was held on April 8th, 2017 at IBEW Local Union 569’s hall. Over 500 attendees tasted offerings of tri-tip, ribs, chili, chicken, and potato salad.  Kids were entertained with face painting, a clown, movies, and popcorn. The Ed Kornhauser Band kept the beat up as smokers and grills blazed and families ate their fill. 

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Without further ado, here are the winners of the 1st Annual SoCal IBEW BBQ and Chili Cook-Off – you’ll note that IBEW 569 took First Place in 4 out of the 5 categories:

  • Grand Champion BBQ: Matthew J. Fish, IBEW 465
  • Grand Champion Chili: Erin Page, IBEW 569
  • First Place Ribs: Johnny Simpson, IBEW 569
  • First Place Chicken: Daniel Machain, IBEW 569
  • First Place Tri-Tip: Matthew J. Fish, IBEW 465
  • First Place Potato Salad:  Gaston Aguirre, IBEW 569

Thank you to our hardworking members and volunteers that helped make this event happen!  And thank you to our esteemed judges for their hard work to accommodate all the tastings: the Honorable Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, former Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher, National City Councilmember Mona Rios, Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher, National City Councilmember Alejandra Sotelo Solis, Lemon Grove Mayor Raquel Vasquez, SUHSD Boardmember Arturo Solis, Southern College Boardmember Roberto Alcantar, SUHSD Boardmember Paula Hall, CVESD Boardmember Francisco Tamayo, San Ysidro School District Boardmember Antonio Martinez, and Charlene Waddell, Nate Fairman, and Daniel Harrison.

We’re also thankful to our professional photographer and proud IBEW 569 member, Tim Dunbar, and amateur photographer Lynn Minor, for doing such an excellent job to capture this milestone event.

Next year – the 2nd Annual SoCal IBEW BBQ and Chili Cook-Off will be bigger and better and include an invite to all IBEW Local Unions in Southern California. Mark your calendar now for April 7, 2018! And, stay tuned!


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