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Team Cooking Contest



 Spaghetti Gravy

Saturday, June 3   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 cooking team enters one 20 oz. sample to be judged on-site by a panel of gravy experts.  The best Gravy takes it all!

Food Fellas - 2022 Spaghetti Gravy Winner

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Anything Italian

Friday,  June 2   6:00-6:30 p.m.

Anything Italian is wide open, cooking creativity! Each cooking 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


Other Fun Italian Contests

Saturday,  June 3    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.

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Peoples Choice

Saturday,  June 3   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 Holy Rosary School 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

Memphis Italian Festival 2022
Team Cooking Contest Winners

Spaghetti Gravy Contest

1st Place – Food Fellas
2nd Place – Thursday Night Italians
3rd Place – Italian Gravy Train
4th Place –
5th Place – Molti Cuigini
6th Place – Venetian Villians

BLIND Spaghetti Gravy Contest

1st Place – Bats Amore

Anything Italian Contest

1st Place – Frankie Four Fingers
2nd Place –  Noodle Heads
3rd Place – Ciao Y'all

Homemade Wine Contest

1st Place – Garbolucci's
2nd Place – Eat, Drink & Be Italian
3rd Place – Pasta La Vista

Powder Room Contest

1st Place – Pastafarians
2nd Place – Bats Amore
3rd Place – Pasta La Vista



Team Shirt Contest

1st Place – Italian Gravy Train
2nd Place –Italian Vagrants
3rd Place – Venetian Villa'ns

Best Happy Hour Drink

1st Place – Pasta La Vista
2nd Place –Fistful of Garlic
3rd Place –Italian Vagrants

Father Milton Guthrie “You’re Great” Award

The Alfredo Brothers

The Bob Noonan Founders Award


Peoples Choice Award

Mama Biondini's

Congratulazioni a tutti!

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