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2018 member T-shirt sign-up

It’s time to sign up for team T-shirts! Individual memberships include 1 T-shirt, and couple memberships include 2.

Click here and fill out the short form to sign up for your T-shirt.

If you want to order extra shirts, say so in “Additional Comments” on the form and we will get back to you about the cost.

Ladies, if you want the design on a women’s fitted T, tank top, tube top, etc. buy the item you want and take it to Josh at Winfield’s, 2 S. Main, for printing. There will be a nominal printing cost.

We have to turn in our T-shirt order for printing about three weeks before BBQ Fest. Please get your size preference to us ASAP so we can guarantee a shirt in your size. Filling out the form takes only 15-20 seconds.

One other thing – we said we were going to raise the dues April 1, but we have decided not to. Still 390 individual/580 couple. However, the team is quickly filling up and there will come a time in the next few weeks when we will have to stop accepting members. If you haven’t got your dues in, please use the PayPal widget on the team website or email moodyques@gmail.com to arrange payment by check or cash.

Thanks everyone!

Queen of the Vine winner to bartend for the Moody Ques

Every year on the last Sunday in April, a fun and debaucherous event happens called Beale Street Wine Race. It’s the service industry’s last chance to blow off some steam before the busy Memphis in May season hits. There are four events – the signature wine relay from which the day gets its name, a grape stomp, an opening parade, and…

a beauty pageant called Queen of the Vine. Women from various restaurants and bars shake their stuff on stage and answer interview questions by that pervy radio host who says “I hate to see you leave, but I sure do like watching you go” about fifty bazillion times over the course of the afternoon. A lot of skin is shown, but here’s the secret – keeping it classy is the key to winning and being crowned Queen of the Vine.

In 2011, a lady named Amanda “Panda” kept it classy and was awarded the QOTV crown. Panda has bartended Bardog Tavern on Monroe for its entire 10-year run, and bartended and served elsewhere in the Memphis area for several years before that. She is a total pro and treats her customers like gold. This year she will bring her outstanding customer service to the Moody Ques, tending our bar during the peak hours of 7 PM to midnight Thursday and Friday of BBQ Fest.

As a legendary Downtown bartender, Panda has no shortage of requests from BBQ teams to bartend. However, last month she approached our team president and director and deputy director of public relations and let us know that the Moody Ques are her preferred team. We quickly put together a deal and hired her. We have no doubt that our members, guests and sponsors including main sponsor DSV will be well taken care of with her behind the bar.

Panda bartends the 3:00-7:00 shift at Bardog Tuesday through Friday. She will be going on maternity leave in a few weeks, and the Moody Ques will be her return to bartending after having the baby. There will be a diaper party for her Tuesday, April 3 at Bardog, 73 Monroe, if you want to stop by and say hello to her. Fellow bartender Bloomers recommends Huggies size 1 or 4 as gifts for Panda.

In other news, team membership is starting to fill up and we don’t have that many spots left. If you haven’t paid dues yet, get ’em in while you still can! You can use the PayPal widget on this site or email moodyques@gmail.com to arrange payment by check or cash.

Back soon with more news. We’re entering the busy season!

Rooftop party!

RSVP here: https://www.countus.in/rsvp/Cz8z4B3hbHKLbmdLm

Hello team! We’re putting together a rooftop party for our members and prospective members. It will be Saturday, March 24, from 2 to 5 PM at the Huttos’ residence, 648 Riverside #201.

Our pitmaster Kris will bring a shoulder for us to enjoy. Come get a taste of our competition entry for 2018.

If you haven’t paid your dues, you can bring your checkbook to the rooftop party and pay then. Paying by check will allow you to avoid the PayPal convenience fee for paying online. Don’t forget, dues go up April 1 so better get ’em paid at the lower price while you can.

We’ll share information with you about our plans for 2018. We’re going for Best Booth once again and we have a booth design of a Czech Republic landmark.

Also, due to a family connection through one of our members, we have a SUPER cool team T-shirt design that we will show you at the party.

We will have a Q&A and answer whatever questions you have.

Feel free to bring friends who might be interested in joining the team.

RSVP here: https://www.countus.in/rsvp/Cz8z4B3hbHKLbmdLm

Any questions, let us know at moodyques@gmail.com

 

Announcing new small business-friendly sponsorship level

Small businesses, startup businesses, and mom & pop businesses have been largely shut out of the BBQ Fest sponsorship game over the years because sponsoring a team has been cost-prohibitive. That is a shame because businesses like those are a rich part of our growing city. Therefore, the Moody Ques are offering a new sponsorship level, at only $750, to connect with business who could otherwise not afford to sponsor. For that price you get your choice of

  • A table for 8 for dinner in our booth one night at BBQ Fest (for businesses who want to impress clients or reward key employees); or
  • Advertising inside our booth and can leave business cards on our bar (for businesses who want to expand awareness and reach potential new customers)

Email moodyques@gmail.com if interested and someone will get back to you. All of our sponsorships are highly customizable so if you have a different idea about what you want, talk to us. Interested in a larger sponsor package? Check out our 2018 sponsor packet to see how we can work with you.

A full team meeting has been tentatively set for Saturday, March 24 with location and details to be announced at a later date. Any sponsor on board with us by the date of the full team meeting will be invited to attend and talk about their business.

We are looking at a regional to compete in prior to BBQ Fest. This is not set in stone but Southaven Springfest the fourth weekend in April looks like a strong possibility.

One more reminder – team members, pay your dues if you haven’t already. We have to write a lot of checks the next 8 weeks and it would be nice to have money in the account when we do. If you don’t want to pay online via PayPal email moodyques@gmail.com and we will make arrangements.

Expect news updates to increase from here on out. Thanks everyone.