Team Cooking

Spaghetti Gravy

Saturday, June 2nd 12:00 p.m.

Spaghetti Gravy is the cage fight of Italian cooking! You’ll spar with some of the BEST Gravy makers in Memphis for cash prizes and ABSOLUTE bragging rights. Each cook team enters one 20 oz. sample to be judged on-site by a panel of gravy experts. The best Gravy takes all!

Download Spaghetti Gravy Contest Registration Form

Download Registration Form for Additional Contests

Download a Copy of the Official Rules

Anything Italian

Friday, June 1st 7:00-7:30 p.m.

Anything Italian is wide open, cooking creativity! Each cook team enters one appetizer, entree or dessert dish that best delivers the essence of Italian cooking. Contestants are judged by a committee on creativity, taste and “Italian-ness”.

Registration Details

If you have any questions or need to make arrangements, please call Vickie & Richard Ranson at (901) 606-5123 or email

Peoples Choice

Saturday, June 2nd 12:00 pm

People’s Choice is just what it says, the public’s FAVORITE choice! The top six cooking teams in previous year’s Spaghetti Gravy contest each enter one Spaghetti Gravy sampling that is blindly judged by festival goers who pay to participate. Each sample is scored on a scale of 1-5. Once tallied, the People’s Choice is awarded!

All proceeds from the People’s Choice will benefit The ANGEL Program, so come out to the festival, sample some great spaghetti gravy and help raise money for some very special kids! The ANGEL Program offers year round intensive instruction using innovative teaching techniques. Check our page for the latest updates! The Angel Program


Friday, June 1st 4:30 pm

Showmanship is your opportunity to entertain. Using skits, songs, decorations, WHATEVER you dream up, each cooking team competes to capture our hearts and end the debate of Greatest Showman! Contestants are judged on originality, performance and production.

Other Fun Italian Contests

Saturday, June 2nd All Day

After you’re finished proving your gravy, compete in our other FUN events!  Homemade Wine, Best Happy Hour Drink, Best Booth, Best Powder Room and Best T-Shirt are all fun, light-hearted competitions that EVERYONE can enjoy.

Best Happy Hour Drink Sponsor


Memphis Italian Festival 2017
Team Cooking Contest Winners

Spaghetti Gravy Contest

1st Place – PAZZO!
2nd Place – Bada Bing Bada Boom
3rd Place – Mezzi Italiani
4th Place – Italian Vagrants
5th Place – Garbolucci’s
6th Place – Da Friends “Past & Present”

BLIND Spaghetti Gravy Contest

1st Place – PAZZO!

Anything Italian Contest

1st Place – Oliveus
2nd Place – Cardamone Cafe’
3rd Place – Second Generation Italian Society

Homemade Wine Contest

1st Place – Eat, Drink & Be Italian
2nd Place – Friends of the Vine
3rd Place – La Fondatores

Best Booth Contest

1st Place – ALLA MEGLIO
2nd Place – Thursday Night Italians
3rd Place – Cardamone Cafe’

Powder Room Contest

1st Place – Pastafarians
2nd Place – Bada Bing Bada Boom
3rd Place – Ciao, Y’all

 Team Shirt Contest

1st Place – Lords of the Rigatoni
2nd Place – Mezzi Italiani
3rd Place – It’s All Gravy Baby

Best Happy Hour Drink

1st Place – Oliveus
2nd Place – Italian Vagrants
3rd Place – La Fondatores

Father Milton Guthrie “You’re Great” Award


The Bob Noonan Founders Award

Robert Vanelli

Peoples Choice Award

Ciao, Y’all