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 theransons@bellsouth.net

Peoples Choice

Saturday, June 2nd 2:30 pm – 5:30 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 make a donation to participate. Each donation is allocated to the gravy that each tester liked the best. Once totaled, the People’s Choice is awarded to the cooking team that received the most donations!

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 for children living with autism using innovative teaching techniques. Learn more about The Angel Program – click here!

Showmanship

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

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Memphis Italian Festival 2018
Team Cooking Contest Winners

Spaghetti Gravy Contest

1st Place – PAZZO!
2nd Place – Noodle Heads
3rd Place – Mama Biondini’s
4th Place – Italian Gravy Train
5th Place – Bats Amore’
6th Place – Villa di Pasta Pals

BLIND Spaghetti Gravy Contest

1st Place – Garbolucci’s

Anything Italian Contest

1st Place – Alla Meglio
2nd Place – Two Italians, One Polack & Lotsa Rednecks
3rd Place – Paisanos

Homemade Wine Contest

1st Place – Paisanos
2nd Place – Screaming Luigi’s
3rd Place – La Fondatores

Best Booth Contest

1st Place – Thursday Night Italians
2nd Place – ALLA MEGLIO
3rd Place – Penne Hardaway

Powder Room Contest

1st Place – Pastafarians
2nd Place – Ciao, Y’all
3rd Place – Bats Amore’

 Team Shirt Contest

1st Place – Italian Gravy Train
2nd Place – Venetian Villa’ns
3rd Place – Luigi & Pasquales

Best Happy Hour Drink

1st Place – Casa di Pasta
2nd Place – Pasta La Vista
3rd Place – Oliveus

Father Milton Guthrie “You’re Great” Award

Casa di Pasta

The Bob Noonan Founders Award

Howard Thompson & Richard Haff

Peoples Choice Award

Mezzi Italiani