So, in case you missed the last post, the reason I posted it was because our booth was a recreation of the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art. And we won Best Booth for it.
If you’re joining us at BBQFest, we think this is relevant to your interests.
We’re back for 2013! Our application has already been accepted for Memphis in May. We’re still competing in shoulder, and we have the same size space as last year. Here’s what you need to know.
First of all, we have a new cookteam this year. You may remember a team next door. Many of our members went over and tried their food, and it was delicious. They came over and said, “You like our food, we like your party. Want to team up for 2013?” So we did. One thing you may have noticed was all the trophies in their booth. They are an experienced team who knows how to win, and they will be completely responsible for managing our kitchen this year. We have them committed to prepare two full meals a day, plus snacks, every day. They will get the food out in a timely fashion so that we all have a chance to enjoy our food before the park closes.
WordPress will be back as our main sponsor. WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. It powers this site, a couple of team members’ blogs, and about 20% of the rest of the Web. If you need a website engine that makes it easy to publish content without knowing programming, WordPress is what you need. Get it for free to install on your own server at wordpress.org, or have them host your site for free on wordpress.com. Matt Mullenweg and the crew have made a generous contribution to our 2013 team, and have rented a house nearby so they have a place to meet and work on projects. They are a blast to hang out with and without a doubt we have the best sponsor of any team at BBQ Fest.
The Blind Bear will run the bar this year. The Blind Bear is a great little speakeasy on the Main Street Mall, with delicious food (pepper jack mac & cheese!), cold beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Other teams brag they have well-known professional bartenders, and this year we have an answer – we have Jamie, Jeannette, and Colin, owners of the Bear. It doesn’t get much better than that. If for some reason they can’t be there to bartend, their employees will handle it. With last year’s next-door team completely in charge of the kitchen and the Blind Bear completely in charge of the bar, all we have to do is throw a party. We know how to do that!
There’s been a slight change in team leadership. Moody will still serve as president for the purposes of legal paperwork, but she’s stepping away from day-to-day operations. Vice-president Clay will assume day-to-day responsibility. Most questions should be addressed to him, and he’s monitoring the email account at firstname.lastname@example.org. Treasurer Frank will continue to do an accurate and transparent job managing the team’s money. He sent out a 2012 balance sheet in early March. if you’re a team member and didn’t get it, email us and we’ll send it to you. Of course our inspirational leader and father figure Win will be back doing the things he does so well.
We are going with a simpler design for the booth this year. We are still going to build a two-story structure, but it will be much less elaborate than last year so that team members spend less time building and more time having fun. Brent from Holliday Flowers, our sponsor and booth designer last year, won’t be back this year as a designer, but he’s heard what we plan on doing and likes it. This year’s honored country is Sweden and Clay is working on some neat ideas for booth decoration.
We’re also simplifying the door. We’ll have off-duty MPD back guarding the door during peak hours, because that definitely worked well last year. However, we’re simplifying the system of getting guests in, going back to paper wristbands for the guests and rubber wristbands to identify who is a team member.
Returning members from 2012 – how to renew: Membership is $250 for individuals this year, $350 for couples. The best way to pay is the PayPal link on the right sidebar of the Moody Ques home page.. There’s a slight surcharge to cover PayPal’s handling fees. The couples amount reads “married couple.” You don’t actually have to be married, but you do have to be a real-life couple to get the rate. If you don’t want to pay via PayPal, email email@example.com and ask where to send a check. The check should be made out to The Moody Ques.
Not a returning team member from 2012, but interested in joining or sponsoring? You can email us and ask about joining, or you can talk to one of us when you see us out and express your interest. We’ve already added one new team member who not only brings a lot to the table – he brings the table. We’d be interested in talking to others who feel they’d be a good fit.
That’s what’s going on. We hope to have you back on the team with us this year. Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll provide updates as it gets closer to showtime.
Video of the setup of our booth this year. Props to Brent Long of Holliday Flowers for the design and construction of the best booth in the park!
We need help at the park this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to unload the trucks and set up the facade. For tomorrow, Saturday, we need people (manpower) at the park starting at 9:00 a.m for the official Moody Ques load-in to unload the trucks. For Sunday, we need people starting at noon throughout the afternoon to set up the facade. On Monday, we will need several people mid-morning (around 10 am) to unload our coolers and the kegerator from a truck. Team members are able to enter the park without a pass this weekend to help with construction. Just walk to our tent location, S-214, at the south end of the park. We already have our scaffolding built so you can look for a two story scaffolding structure on the south end.
Team member bags will be ready for pick-up starting tomorrow, Saturday, at noon at the Double J Smokehouse & Saloon on south main.
BBQ Fest is right around the corner. I am enclosing a hand-out containing park hours and the Moody Ques awards ceremony schedule. We are competing in Shoulders, Hot Wings, Anything But (Seafood), Sauce (Vinegar), Sauce (Mustard), and Best Booth . Team member packets (Wednesday night ticket, three-day pass, t-shirt, park map, and wristlinks) will be available for pick-up next weekend, starting May 12, at Double J Saloon and Smokehouse (located on G.E. Paterson near South Main Street). For the few out of town members, I will try to meet you or leave your bags at your hotel. For east Memphis members, please let me know if picking up the packets poses a problem and we can make other arrangements. As far as the tent, a sketch of the front façade and layout of the tent has been uploaded to the team’s website, www.moodyques.com. Unlike previous years, the scaffolding of the tent will be set up and torn down by Tennessee Scaffolding Co. For tent design and organization, we will still need a few volunteers to assist Brent Long and Holliday Flowers the following days:
Tuesday, May 8th – paint / construction of tent façade at Holliday’s warehouse (Union at I-240 exit onto Union)
Wednesday, May 9th – paint / construction of tent façade at Holliday’s warehouse (Union at I-240 exit onto Union)
Saturday, May 12th – building tent façade at Tom Lee Park
Sunday, May 13th – adding fabric to the tent at Tom Lee Park
Monday, May 14th – need 2 or 3 volunteers to stay at tent to receive delivery of tent items
Tuesday, May 15th – need 2 or 3 volunteers to stay at tent to receive delivery of tent items.
Please let me know if you are interested or able to volunteer on any of those days and I will send you additional information. Also ,unlike past years, we will have professional bartenders and security on Thursday and Friday nights, from 7pm- Midnight. Although team members do not have to sign up for shifts to work certain areas of the tent, all members should do the following if needed: keep the tent clean, take out the trash, assist the cooks, and change out/carry kegs. If you are wanting to do more for the tent or have any suggestions/comments for the daily operation of the tent, please let me know.
For team member guests, we previously had two permanent paper passes per night that you could give to guests. This year, we are providing each member with three extra Moody Ques rubber wristlinks to give out. These rubber wristlinks are removable so that when a guest leaves, you can keep it and give it to another visitor. In addition, team members are welcomed to greet guests at the door and escort them in. We will also have a guest list for Thursday and Friday for guests who arrive when team members are unavailable. To sum up, your guests can get into the tent by (1) wearing a Moody Ques wristlink, (2) meeting a team member at the entrance of the tent, or (3) by having their name on the guest list. Please email me a list of guests you want added to the guest lists. I will need the name of the guest and the day of attendance (Thurs. or Fri. or both). Of course, if the tent is beyond maximum capacity, guests will have to wait before entering.
We will have lockers at the tent so that if a team member wants to bring personal items (i.e. purse, expensive liquor, carton of cigarettes) you will be able to get a locker (if available) or share a locker with a team member. Please bring your own lock if you intend to use a locker. Oh – if anyone has a corn-hole board (wood, not plastic) that they can bring to the park, please let me know. Otherwise, we may buy one. Corn-hole is very important at BBQ fest.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Here’s an artist’s rendering of how the front of our 2012 booth will look:
Click here for a PDF of the floor plan.
If you’re on the team, you’ll get an email Friday, May 4 concerning the Moody Ques tent and design, team member items (passes and T-shirts), and pre-event activities.
Memphis in May has posted the map of Tom Lee Park for the 2012 World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest. View the map here.
Although individual booths are not numbered, we believe we’ve located ours. The two tiny booths at the southernmost tip of the park are S-209 and S-210. Count up the right side (not the river side) from there and you will find our booth, S-214.
The Moody Ques are pleased to announce a new sponsor: The Blind Bear. The Blind Bear will order paper products for the team and will purchase plastic cups with team and sponsor logos. We are pleased to have them join our other sponsors WordPress, Holliday Flowers, and Double J SmokeHouse and Saloon as part of the Moody Ques.
The Blind Bear is a 1920s-style speakeasy in the old Circa/Bar None space on Main, run by operating partners Jamie and Jeannette West and Colin Bergstrom. The Bear has a pool table, a full bar, a menu full of inexpensive but good food, and private rooms and tables/couches that can be reserved. Weekly events include
- “Hung Over Like a Bear” brunch Sundays 3-6 PM
- Half off bottles of wine (excluding house wine) and $4 sausage and cheese plate Mondays 6-9 PM
- Poker with Jamie Tuesdays at 8
- Trivia with Charles Wednesdays at 8
- Live acoustic music Thursday and Friday
- Follow the Bear on Facebook or Twitter to get a password to get in free Fridays and Saturdays
They also have 1920s gangster and flapper parties now and then, the first of which was “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.”
Please stop by and have a drink at our new sponsor if you haven’t already!