By The Whatleys
Wendell resounded with live Jazz and blues, and the warm air simmered with barbecue smells, crowd noises, and vendor bargaining Saturday, July 7, 2012, during the “Men Who Cook With Jazz” event.
In its second year, this Wendell Jazz spectacular is organized by The Kila Company, and supported by local business owners. Local shops stayed open during the event and festival visitors were able to enjoy the bands and shopping outdoors, and occasionally escape into the cooler indoor shops and more vendors!
Local musicians brought great flavor to the event, complementing the pork and chicken barbecue. Jo Gore & the Alternative, Vocalist Morgan Piner, and Just Friends Sextet all lent their talents to the event with original and cover tunes.
The cook-off participants spent the day cooking in the sunshine, and when it got too hot around the grill, at least one cook doused himself with water. When the food was done, and the judges had made their decision, a line of ticket holders picked up samples of barbecue from each vendor. While they may have started with similar meats, the resulting chicken and pork dishes were all very different, and tasters stood around in the parking lot discussing the variety of flavors and each person’s own favorite sample.
We were glad to have this great local event to enjoy for the day. Local events like Men Who Cook With Jazz help bring attention and revenue to the local area. And they make for a great day out with family, friends, and loved ones!