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food Safety videos and information

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REGISTRATION (registered cooks - see bottom of page)

Please register EACH AND EVERY individual cook name via the Registration form located on the Contact page.

A "cook" is defined as any person (regardless of age) that participates by preparing, handling, or cooking food at the event.

Registration is necessary for planning purposes, and ensures eligibility for receipt of any donated wings.

All cooks should review the following short food handling and safety videos courtesy of Central District Health.

Each food safety video is only a few minutes in length, and helps ensure proper food handling and safety.

Click the image and link below for important information each cook should review annually prior to the event.  Thank you!! 

Donated Wings (please read!!!)

In years previous, we have been very fortunate to have wing donations from such great sponsors as Sysco, Tyson, Smart Chicken, and Food Services of America.  We greatly appreciate any and all wing donations to help supplement the quantities of food offered at this event by our many excellent cooks!  If you have a contact that can supply food items for the event, please contact us via the Contact page.  We'd appreciate hearing from you, to support this event and help pass on savings to our cooks.


A special note:  We'd  like to take a moment to remember our dear friend Paul Rensberger who passed in 2016. 

Paul was a huge fan of this event, and supplied hundreds of donated pounds of Tyson wings to assist our cooks over the years. 

We miss Paul, and extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to his daughters, extended family, and friends.


A special note to cooks regarding donated wings and how donations work

Wing donations, like any donation, vary based on a supplier's economic environment, corporate donation policies, budgetary constraints, etc. 

Any wing, (or other food) donations are greatly appreciated and will be distributed as equally as possible amongst REGISTERED COOKS ONLY!  


Originally, the Wing Off event began with all cooks donating any and all food items they brought and prepared to the event.  There was no sponsored donation of any kind.  All food, supplies, materials, etc. were supplied by the cooks.  We consider ourselves fortunate to be associated with all the incredible cooks, suppliers, and organizations that have donated to this event, and have the deepest gratitude for their support and generous donations over the years.  Thank you!!

 

 In previous (good) years we've had enough wings donated to give every cook 20+ lbs.  This is NOT guaranteed!!  If the final donation quantity for the year is insufficient to provide all cooks with wings, a raffle will be held to distribute a reasonably determined amount of wings to as many REGISTERED COOK NAMES as possible based on the final donation quantity.


cooks and staff breakfast!!

confirmed, the cooks and staff breakfast will be from 7-9am

thanks to Mr. Phil Evans and Family and the Meridian Kiwanis for making this possible!!


click the image above for important food safety information

Join us for the 17th annual Wing Off - Saturday, June 16th 2018

Key Information for cooks:

  • Store food at 41F or below
  • Prepare food at the event as much as possible
  • Don't handle raw food directly
  • Use gloves when cooking and handle food with tongs, or other clean utensils not having been in contact with raw food.
  • Bring multiple sets of tongs to ensure plenty of clean utensils for replacement multiple times during the event.
  • Ensure chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Verify proper operation of thermometers.  An ice bath can be used to verify temperature reading of 32F.
  • Do not participate in cooking should you become ill.
  • Bring a bleach bucket and rinse bucket (recommended)
    • A bleach bucket is a tub capable of holding a gallon of water mixed with one teaspoon of bleach  used to sanitize utensils.
    • The following is ideal:
      • Tub 1 (Detergent) - Tub containing a mixture of clean water and dish soap to wash cooking items
      • Tub 2 (Rinse) - Rinse tub containing clean tap water
      • Tub 3 (Sanitize) - Bleach tub containing a ratio of one tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of tap water (5 minute contact time with items being washed)
      • Tub 4 (Rinse) - Rinse tub containing clean tap water
      • Tub 5 (Air Dry) - Empty tub to place washed items to air dry
  • NOTE:  If your recipe is intensely HOT, contains extreme heat from known hot peppers, or contains known food allergens such as peanuts, please provide adequate warning signage to inform guests.



recommended items:


  • A cooking platform/s of your choice (propane/briquette/pellet Grill, Smoker, Hibachi, Dutch oven, etc.).  
  • NOTE:  It is each cook's responsibility to safely contain AND remove any and all cooking materials such as briquettes, fryer oil, trash, etc. from the event. 
    • Park personnel will be available for trash removal for most of the event, however removal of any remaining trash or materials, including damaged canopies, is the responsibility of each cook/team.   
    • ANY damage to park grounds resulting from improper management of cooking or other materials is the financial responsibility of the responsible cooking team.  
    • In some cases oil / fat collection containers may be available for used cooking oil, however this is not guaranteed.  Any team using cooking oil should accommodate for oil removal.  

  • NOTE: If using a fryer, sufficient air space MUST exist between the fryer and the park grounds to insure NO scorching/discoloration of park grass.  
    • Any damage to park sod is the sole responsibility of the cook/team to resolve with the Meridian Parks Dept.  
    • It is strongly recommended that at least 12" of clearance exists between the bottom of the fryer and the park grounds to prevent sod damage.  
    • Simply placing a fryer on plywood and directly on the ground does NOT allow sufficient air space to dissipate extreme heat, and WILL damage park grounds.
    • Please take appropriate measures to insure adequate capture of any spilled oil (heated or not) and verify proper clearance between hot cooking surfaces and park grounds.
  • Fire extinguisher (if possible).
  • Portable generators are allowed at the park for grills requiring electricity.  Park electricity is not available for grills as it is dedicated to other equipment, nor is it in proximity of grilling areas.
  • Gloves are required for cooking and food handling per Central District Health.
  • Matches
  • Spare cooking fuel
  • Spray bottle of water for those occasional flare ups...
  • Multiple sets of tongs for food handling (use separate sets of utensils for raw uncooked food, and cooked food).  Change out utensils multiple times to prevent any potential cross-contamination.
  • Shade canopy
  • Chairs
  • Coolers (with easy to read thermometer for any coolers containing food to be cooked and served).
  • Tables and/or table cloths
  • Serving boats (these can be purchased at Cash N Carry or other restaurant supply outlets).
  • Wet wipes
  • Sun screen
  • Signage to identify your recipes


Ready to cook?

Head on over to the Contact page and get signed up!!

There you'll find detailed information regarding participation.

Registered cooks

If you are cooking and don't see your name below, please Contact us, and thanks in advance for providing us with ALL the information requested.
Please re-register each year. We do not assume that previous participation guarantees you will be cooking in the current year, so please take the time to register.  Thank you!

Our goal is 70 cooks again this year, so sign up and help us reach our goal.  Truly, every bit of grilling horsepower really makes a difference, so let's bring it!!!

If your name or a cook on your team is not listed below, and you are planning to cook, please sign up via the Contact page to let us know, and let others interested in cooking also know.


FYI - We've introduced a new trophy for Best New Cook (only new first time cooks are eligible). 

Which new cook will claim this, and take home a trophy their first time?  Bring it and we'll see!!


We had 82 cooks last year.  Let's crush that record in 2018!!

74 Cooks so far, and we're on a roll!!!  A huge "thank you" to all those below!!! 

We need some additional horsepower to bring this event up to par, so get your team signed up and recruit anyone else that may be interested!!

NOTE:  Only registered cooks are eligible to receive any donated wings we may collect thanks to our gracious sponsors!

NOTE: When registering, please include all cooks (first and last names), as well as number and dimensions of canopies you intend to set up for cooks and/or guests. 

This is required for site planning.

Only names appearing ^above^ the "Registered cooks above" row are officially registered.

Previous names appearing below the "Registered cooks above" row are notofficially registered.


Sign-up

order

Team Captain name

Team name
Total cooks

Cook name/s

(w) - Wings

(p) - Pig

Cook

canopy

count

Cook

canopy

size/s

Guest

canopy

count

Guest

canopy

size/s

Canopy orientation
1
Brett Hollingshead
Team H2
2

Brett Hollingshead (w)

Carrie Stuart (w)

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10
Front to back
2
Jason Hollingshead
Team H3
3

Jason Hollingshead (w)

Tiffany Hollingshead (w)

David Cain (w)

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10
Front to back
3
Curtis Hollingshead
Team H1
2

Joe Nelson (w)

Curtis Hollingshead (w)

3
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

Front to back

Guest canopy separate

4
Bryan Lee
Team Lee
1

Bryan Lee (w)

1
10 x 10



5
Josh Langendorf
Team Langendorf
3

Josh Langendorf

Mike

Nate

1
10 x 10
0

Standard in-line
6
Holli Madsen
Team Madsen
3

Holli Madsen

Andy Madsen

Vicki Halverson

1
10 x 10



7
Dean/Cindy Tankersley
Team Tankersley
2

Cindy Tankersley

Dean Tankersley

2
10 x 10
0

Side by side
8
Rick Destasio
Team Destasio
5

Rick Destasio

Matt Curtis

Monae Curtis

Jerrad Nelson

Fayanna Schieberl

2
10 x 10



9
John McKernan
Wing'n It Crew
7

John McKernan

Kelly Kinney

Mary Woods

Danny Stoddard

Derek Fitzwater

Steve McClain

Reed Jochum

2
10 x 10
6
10 x 10

10
Kristi Hoover
Team Fez
3

Kristi Hoover

Jake Fessenden

Todd DeBoer

1
12 x 12
1
10 x 10

11
Chris Mendiola
Team Mendiola
4

Chris Mendiola

Sarah Mendiola

Jaden Mendiola

Ashley Mendiola

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

12
Eric Clover
Team Clover
2

Eric Clover

Jen Clover

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

13
Austin Jardine
Micron Young Professionals
5

Austin Jardine

Basanti Bail

Ryan Laity

Steven Davis

Rachael Moyer

1
10 x 10



14
Javi Rosado
Team Rosado
2

Javi Rosado

Elias Vicencio

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

15
Jessica Larsen
Team Larsen
3

Jessica Larsen

Jenn

Chad

1
12 x 12
1
10 x 10

16
Brandon Nipper
Team Nipper
3

Brandon Nipper

Jason Tugby?

Cook #3??

2
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

17
Devin Kemp
Team Kemp
3

Devin Kemp

Paul Welch

Darryl Godard

2
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

18
Scott Willmorth
Team Willmorth
7

Scott Willmorth

Mike Larson

Kathy Larson

Harry Larson

Sam Rice

Ben Drake

Ron Tucker

2
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

19
Craig Marak
Team Marak
6

Craig Marak

Scott Parker

Chris Linder

Courtney Horine

Sierra Rodgers

Pat Greenwood

2
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

20
Paul Taylor
Team Cluck & Huff
5

Paul Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Adam Mark

John Mark

Phil Evans

Jeremy Reed

1
18 x 20
2
12 x 12

21
Scott Tharp
Team Tharp
3

Scott Tharp

Janel Miles

Eric Herrera

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10


^ Registered cooks above ^
v Un-registered cooks below v








6
Paul Taylor
Cluck N Huff
14

Paul Taylor (w)

Adam Mark (w)

Ryan Taylor (w)

John Mark (w)

Jeff Robinson (w)

Phil Evans (w)

Joey Mark (w)

Braden Robinson (w)

Jeremy Reed (w)

Davis Taylor (w)

Xzander Taylor (w)

Jeremy Aldrich (w)

Michael Nelson (w)

Lawrence Lorentzen (w)

2
20 x 24
1
10 x 10

20' length of one canopy

facing guests and park

space between canopies

for grilling area

second canopy behind

grills in line with first

canopy

Guest canopy 10 x 10

behind second cook

canopy

8
Kris Miller
Team Miller
4

Kris Miller (w)

Julie Schott (w)

Jason Lloyd (w)

Joe Hodges (w)

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

10
Justin Simms
Team Simms/Bisharat
3

Justin Simms (w)

Ginny Simms(w)

Wagdi Bisharat (w)

3

12 x 14

10 x 20

10 x 10

1
12 x 12

12
Devin Kemp
Team Kemp
2

Devin Kemp (w)

Cook #2?? (w)

1
16 x 16
1
10 x 10

13
Jan Zarr
Team Zarr
7

Jan Zarr (w)

Scott Bodmer (w)

Rick Destasio (w)

Gail Zarr (w)

Lindsey Zarr (w)

Fayanna Schielberl (w)

Brionna Queen (w)

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

14
Mike Grim
Team Grim
4

Mike Grim (w)

Sherri Doney (w)

Trina Grim (w)

Lori Perry (w)

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

15
Cory Schultz
Team Schultz
2

Cory Schultz (w)

Justen ? (w)

2
10 x 10
2
10 x 10

18
Wade De Voge
Team Wadeiator
3

Wade De Voge (w)

Angel De Voge (pulled pork)

Colin Perry (w)

1
10 x 10
-
-

19
Anthony Andrisek
Team Andrisek
2

Anthony Andrisek (w)

Shane Wolfe

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

20
Damion Goodheart
Team Goodheart
2

Damion Goodheart (w)

Luke Goodheart (w)

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

21
Janel Miles
Team MFT
3

Janel Miles

Scott Tharp

Chad Anderson

1
10 x 10
1
10 x 10

12

Jessica Larsen

(Team Larsen)









22
Eric Clover








25

Neal Silva

(Team Silva)









26

Bill Brasfield

(Team Silva)









27

Lou Ann Gaskell

(Team Silva)









41

Matt Bennett

(Team Foley Freeman)









42

Howard Foley

(Team Foley Freeman)









43

Patrick Geile

(Team Foley Freeman)









44

Mark Freeman

(Team Foley Freeman)









45

Leah Shotwell

 (Team Foley Freeman)









57

Russ Millonzi

(Team Millonzi)









58

Josh Leos

(Team Millonzi)









59
Shawn Surber








60

Lance Porter

(Team Porter)









61

Brenda Porter

(Team Porter)









62

Karl Urquhart

(Team Porter)









63

Joe Jurado

(Team Porter)









64

Lance Hugo

(Team Porter))









67
David Cain








68
Kyle Peterson








69

Spencer Karren

(Team Hot mess)










Team Hembree

Ryan Hembree

Zach Hembree










Jimmy Lindsay









Jake Fessenden









Cory Schultz









Nick Simeone









Andrew Kopping









Aileen Kopping









Courtney Poulson









Jeff Robinson









Rich Shields









Deb Lambert









Tim Petsche









Joe Meyers









Jim Martin









Craig Marak









Anthony Grandinetti









Mike Encinas









Brandon Lincoln









Marcel Garlick









Douglas Heckart









Billy Knorpp