Team Cooking

Spaghetti Gravy

Saturday, June 3rd 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!

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Anything Italian 

Friday, June 2nd 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 commitee on creativity, taste and “Italian-ness”.

People’s Choice

Saturday, June 3rd 12:00 p.m.

People’s Choice is just what it says, the public’s FAVORITE choice!  The top six cooking teams in last 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 2nd 4:30 p.m.

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

Showmanship has become a poplar part of the contest as teams show off their creativity and imagination. Showmanship consists of entertainment presented by participating teams to amuse other teams and the public through skits, songs, decorations, costumes, enthusiams and crowd participation. Use your imagination and remember good taste should always be used!

Other Fun Italian Contests

Saturday, June 3rd 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.

Registration Details

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