Stew ‘n Q Til’ It’s Through

I recently found out about this awesome Stew ‘n Q fundraiser this Saturday at Durham’s St. Luke’s Church. Then I found out I hadn’t found out recently enough.

Chef PigI was too late–as they ask for preorders, which makes sense–sort of like the BBQ RSVP–but goes against the keep ’em comin’ ‘cue ethic. Then again, on scrolling the site with a hungry eye, you learn that they only “strongly  urge” people to preorder to “guarantee” some stew and ‘cue. So…you’re telling me I have a chance?!

Anyway, I have a hunch you may be able to take part in this most holy of fundraisers if you head to St. Luke’s later in the day.

While this kind of Church-based barbecue event isn’t all that rare, taking a step back–what an idea! I’m no expert, but I’d guess that raising funds for charities by selling the divine swine must ensure a pleasant afterlife for all involved. And I’m pretty sure the same would hold true for participating congregants at the first synagogue to emulate it.*

Should the preorder buzzkill hold true, perhaps it’s best to smoke your sorrows at The Pig. This loving review in The Independent reminds me why I need to go back there pronto.

*There is neither Biblical or Talmudic proof to justify this claim, just hot air.

The Mallard Creek Barbeque

Want to be one of the lucky thousands who gets to eat barbecue while rubbing elbows with desperate politicians just days before the election?  Head on down to Charlotte, where the 81st Mallard Creek Barbeque is scheduled for this Thursday starting at 10 a.m.  The annual fundraiser is organized by Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, as it has been since year one, and promises to serve up thousands of pounds of pig, slaw and Brunswick stew, along with a healthy dose of good cheer (as well as those pesky politicians).  The event is the largest of its kind in North Carolina so be sure you leave yourself plenty of time to soak it in.  Get directions to the Barbeque site here.

Eat Pig, Help the Masonic Home for Children

The Freemasons are at it again.  But this time you can put the conspiracy theories out of your mind, as there are no The Da Vinci Code-like plot twists involved in their upcoming BBQ fundraiser. 

Hiram No.40 Masonic Lodge will be holding its annual BBQ fundraiser this Friday, October 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. to benefit the NC Masonic Home for Children.  Barbecue will be prepared by the award winning competition cookers of the Lodge and will be sold to the public for $7 a plate.  These boys take their BBQ seriously, as they even organize an annual cooking competition called the Carolina Pig Jig.  So, get yourself a plate of ‘cue for a cause.

The fundraiser takes place at the Lodge at 1520 Caswell Street in Raleigh.  Learn more about the event here.