'Q'n for Kids’ Uses Barbecue to Benefit Local Youth
Rachel Wulff, Erl Schlikk, Christian LeBlanc and Cathy Harris
Photographed by Melissa Calico
On Saturday, September 14, Palmer Park was filled with the sweetly scented smoke of Each One Save One’s third annual barbecuing contest, “Q’n for Kids.” Each One Save One has been one of the city’s largest nonprofit mentoring programs for the youth since 1994. Through the help of 160 volunteer counselors working with children from 12 different Orleans Parish schools, Each One Save One has been able to live its outreach motto of giving one child one hour a week for one school year.
The unifying idea “The Power of One” is how this mentoring mission achieves its success, as shown through the friendly competition found at this wholesome, head-to-head barbecue cook off. Eleven creative teams, such as the Café Hope Holy Smokers, Grillin’ It Old School and the Serial Grillers, battled for trophies in categories such as “Best Overall,” “People’s Choice Award” and “Grand Champion.”
Chairs Karen Ribaul and Sherah Alaimo prepared for this family friendly party by offering the Zoomobile for kids, and music by the Stooges Brass Band and the TBC Brass Band for guests to enjoy to while sampling different meat categories, sauces and sides. The winners were announced by a special guest, actor Christian LeBlanc, who awarded Bynum and Mr. Umami’s ribs, greens, rice and bread pudding the People’s Choice trophy, while the Grand Champion prize went to the shrimp sliders with macaroni and cheese made by team Green Eggs and Pork Butt. Despite all this excitement, it is still clear to see that the real winners of this barbecue contest are the local youth that benefit from the hard work of the Each One Save One volunteers.
Event at a Glance
What: Third annual “Q’n for Kids,” benefiting Each One Save One
When: Saturday, September 14
Where: Palmer Park