It’s part Iron Chef, part turkey – this Friday, the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department will host its 14th Annual Turkey Cook-Off at the Lake Merced Boat House. The free event, which pits each of the Rec centers and their communities against each other, will battle for the trophy and procure bragging rights for an entire year. There will be 14 teams competing from various recreation programs and centers including the Mission, Chinatown, Oceanview, SOMA, and Bernal Heights.
There are three contests, one for the best side dish, one for the best dessert, and one for the best turkey.
“This is one of my favorite annual events – my belly looks forward to it every year,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “This is how the Rec & Park Department likes to celebrate the holidays, with a family-friendly competition and good food.”
Each year, some 200 attendees from the community come for the free festivities, including dinner consisting of the each team’s rendition of the quintessential Thanksgiving meal. The dishes will be judged by Supervisor Norman Yee, School Board Commissioner Hydra Mendoza, President of City College Board of Trustees Rafael Mandelman, and several other appointed or elected officials, as well as community members. There will also be a “People’s Choice Award” in which all attendees can vote.
The free event will be held from 7-10p.m. For more information, visit: www.sfrecpark.org