Oh my flip what a night – Diva Q Jack Daniels Fundraiser

Well. Where do I begin. How about with a BIG Thank you.

It was an awesome night for a fundraiser at the Charlotte Room. It was a wonderful venue for this event. Can’t wait to go back. We all had an excellent time. It was amazing to see so many folks come out.  I loved every moment of it. I was truly humbled by the support. Vlad and I cooked for a week before the event to make sure we had enough food for everyone. Right up until 230 am the day of the event I was still in the kitchen and let me tell you it was worth it!!

I first of all have to thank my Jack Team. They have been working really hard towards this fundraiser for a long time. Behind the scenes they plugged our event ran around and got things did more than you can imagine.

Diva Q official Jack Team for 2011

Patrick Weir

Jessie Sweeney

Mike Miller

Jason Rees

Jamie Parisi

Vlado Dimovski

If it wasn’t for all their hard work we could not have put on this fundraiser. Or the support of all our sponsors listed above. I am really grateful for the help. You are only as good as the people that are with you in life and I tell you I am one lucky chick.

I have to say a HUGE thanks to all who came by from near and far. The dynamic duo from Team Eatapedia John Thomson and Paul Firlotte even came all the way from Ottawa to show their support. I adore the entire team. They are good freaking funny people.

John Thomson Paul Firlotte Wilfred Reinke – Photo Credit Wilfred Reinke 

I tried to get around to everyone and I think it was near impossible. I did however get to chat for a bit with my BBQ Brother Ted Reader. It was only fitting that we toasted with a shot of Jack Daniels -

Diva Q & Ted Reader toasting with Jack Daniels

The team set up as much food as humanly possible at the Buffet. Mike Miller from Big Bone BBQ ran the kitchen for the evening. I could not have done it without him and Vlad they never stopped with Patrick and Jessie running everything to floor and raffle tickets too! Jason kept the prime rib cut and Jamie ran the door (and poker) with Jennifer and Jeff G. (My friends who came early helped set up and helped anywhere and everywhere) There was prime rib, chicken, ribs, pulled pork, beans and our legendary mac & cheese which almost caused a riot when it ran out. (*Seriously I promise to make 8 trays of this next time) I love Buster Rhinos BBQ products and a lot of it was used in our BBQ. There were abt’s and pig candy brownies and cakes too! With all of the buffet and everything taken care of I could actually talk with people. This was truly terrific.

Photo Credit Wilfred Reinke 

There was so much laughter it was infectious. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a room full of happy BBQ eating folks. Many thanks  to Scott & Tania from Culinary Adventure Co. for hosting our online ticket sales and all their help with their donations. I know I will be taking some of their classes and food adventures in the near future!

There were lots of prizes and raffles to be had including a very generous donation from Traeger Canada their Traeger JR with a digital temperature control !! thanks so much to all of our donors. There was an incredible assortment of BBQ products and foodie gifts galore!

Photo Credit Wilfred Reinke 

So from now till the Jack I have 2 more contests and I will practice and then when I think I am done practicing I will practice more.


We are all set now to do our very best to represent at the Jack Daniels World Invitational BBQ. We are going up against the best in the world. I can’t wait. Thanks to all of you who came out sent support and helped us get there. You are all freaking awesome.


10 Responses to “Oh my flip what a night – Diva Q Jack Daniels Fundraiser”

  • Danielle, congratulations to you and the team on the Jack invitation and your party last night was a lot of fun. Don’t forget that I’m always willing and able to help you at one of your competitions – I’m good at following instructions, heh.

  • Curt:

    I so so so wish I’d been there! I’ll throw my hat in, too… if you need a hand and I can plan for it, I’d help out just about anywhere you need it. I’ll even bring killer brownies with me. :)

  • Pat Spencer:

    Sounds like an amazing nite of good food and good people. Congrats seem well in order…..:)

  • Looks like a great time! Can’t wait to “practice” with you in two weeks!

  • woot me too!! Its going to be a blast to be in Kansas again!

  • Danielle, we were honoured to be a part of your first fundraiser. We have confidence that there will be more like that because you’re going to be “Going Back to the Jack” again and again. We want you to know that all of us at THE SKRAPR support you entirely and would like to be a part of your ongoing efforts to be the best you can be.

    Thanks also in part to our Director of Social Media Marketing for Handy Home Products, Annette Penney who makes these relationships possible by connecting with the wonderful people in the BBQ community.

    Go kick some butt next month Danielle! We’ll be tracking your success and posting it on our new website which will be launched very soon!

  • I am so glad it went off so well. I know the effort left you exhausted afterwords but in a great way. Good luck at the AR and the Jack!

  • Thanks so much Chris!

  • Thanks so much Annette its a great tool that we are glad to use often on our BBQ’s

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