Rib challenge draws over 700
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More than 700 people made their way to the annual Babyback Rib Challenge at Sonoma Mountain Village on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The challenge, sponsored by Love in a Shoebox, featured some of the best professional and amateur cooks applying their best recipes for ribs on the grill, whether propane or charcoal. The event raised more than $8,000 for Love in a Shoebox, a program of SueCares founded by Sue Piland of RP.

Love in a Shoebox provides homeless and foster care children in Sonoma County (from newborn to 18 years old) with a shoebox filled with new small personal care items and practical and fun gifts. The shoeboxes are filled yearlong and distributed during the holiday season. For many of these children, the shoebox is the only gift they’ll receive.

For Piland, this event hits her on a personal level.

“Last week before the event, I asked myself why I do this,” said Piland. “Then, I look into a child’s eyes and remember my son. He was homeless with his birth mother and in foster care for two years prior to us adopting him. That’s why I do it.”

KIN Restaurant, of Windsor, won the judges’ professional contest, while Cal Ripken Rohnert Park Baseball captured the judges’ non-professional title. The people’s choice went to Kaleidoscope Salon of RP. Sysco Foods won the judges’ potato salad contest, and Petaluma’s Beyond the Glory captured the people’s title for potato salad.

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