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Meeting Notes 08-09-2017

Minnesota BBQ Society Board Meeting Minutes

August 9, 2017

Ramsey County Library, Shoreview, MN

In Attendance: John Scharffbillig, Dave Londeen, Don Bickford, Dan Salzl, Dick Dahlen,

Lu Holter, Claire Terrones

Guests: Scott Schuler (Keg & Case), Damon Holter, Aaron Bourdage, Nora Gallagher

Meeting was called to order at 6:03 pm.

Minutes: Motion- Lu, 2nd Dan: To accept the June 14, 2017 Minutes.

Keg & Case presentation: Scott Schuler described his company’s new venue at the old Schmidt Brewery site in St. Paul. He is eventually looking for a three day event, hopefully in conjunction with the Minnesota BBQ Society, to include food and music. He would like about 15 food vendors. The Board explained some of the limitations of using the Fairgrounds for Minnesota in May in regards to vendors. There was also discussion of our inability in the past to attract both sponsors and the public, as there is nothing for anyone to do who is not competing at our event. There was discussion of the possibility of hosting Minnesota in May there; just a Back Yard event; or another separate, smaller competition. There was also discussion of the use of the site for an educational presentation that would involve a couple of Cook Teams on site, geared towards beginners/back yarders. Scott would like to start working on the event by late fall.

Motion: Don, 2nd John: To have board members look at the site, seriously consider the proposal, and come back to the September meeting prepared to vote on whether to proceed, and if so, with what type of event to hold at the site.

Membership: Dan submitted that we have 198 members in good standing at this time. Another email notice to those who have expired/are expiring will be going out soon.

Spring Training: The date is April 14, 2018, we have secured the date and space at the University of Minnesota. John and Dave will be meeting with Dr. Ryan Cox of the U to discuss budget; our cost is expected to go up, as they tried to hold our cost steady for the early years until the event got established. Results of the 2017 survey indicated that attendees wanted the agenda to swing back to the basics, geared toward beginners and backyard cooks. Now that construction is completed at the U, we will try to increase the number of vendors on site also. We will be looking for volunteers to cook/serve.

Website– need for new photos/content- submit to Chuck Anderson

Upcoming Events to Plan For:

Battle of the Badges- Sept. 9, 2017- John. Need Volunteers for cooking/serving

Second Harvest Heartland- December 2017- Dick

Ronald McDonald House- Dick- Will re-connect after the summer BBQ season

Board Elections- December 2017- Claire

Annual Banquet- January 2018- Claire

Motion by Don, 2nd by Lu to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting adjourned 7:40 pm.


Meeting Notes 09-13-2017

Minnesota BBQ Society Board Meeting Minutes

Sept. 13, 2017

Keg & Case,  963 West 7th,  St Paul MN 55102

In Attendance: John Scharffbillig, Dave Londeen, Dan Salzl, Dick Dahlen, Randy Appelgren,

Lu Holter, Claire Terrones

Guests: Scott Schuler (Keg & Case), Damon Holter, Nora Gallagher

Meeting was called to order at 5:58 pm.

Minutes: Motion- Randy,  2nd Lu: To accept the August 9, 2017 Minutes.

Spring Training: The date is April 14, 2018, John has been in contact with Meathead as a possible Keynote Speaker. He is willing to do the presentation and is only asking for his flight and hotel costs to be covered. John requested and received Board Approval to spend up to $600 on speaker costs for the workshop. He distributed a draft Letter of Agreement, which will be vetted through the University and then sent to Meathead for signature.

Minnesota in May 2018: The State Fair Board is already asking for our commitment and deposit to hold the May 11 and 12, 2018 dates. This MBS Board meeting is being held at the Keg & Case office in order to be able to tour the site as a possible alternate location for MIM or some other BBQ event.

After touring the site, the Board agreed to have the Contest Committee and interested Board members review detailed site maps to determine whether the entire Pro + Backyard event could fit, or the Backyard event only, or possibly another smaller competitive event such as a Rib festival. The Board will supply Scott Schuler a list of questions and concerns about the potential site. A decision on the location of MIM 2018 will be made at the October 11th Board Meeting.

Meeting adjourned 7:09 pm.


Meeting Minutes 12-13-2017

Minnesota BBQ Society Board Meeting Minutes

Dec. 13, 2017

Ramsey County Library, 4560 Victoria Street, Shoreview, MN 55126

In Attendance: John Scharffbillig, Dave Londeen, Dan Salzl, Dick Dahlen, Randy Appelgren,

Lu Holter, Claire Terrones, Don Bickford

Guests: Chuck Anderson, Nora Gallagher

Meeting was called to order at 5:59 pm.

Elections: Six candidates are running for three open seats. The link for voting is being tested and will be up on the website in the next few days. Have to be a current member to vote, there will be a link to renew membership on the same page.

Annual Banquet: The banquet will be held at the Marriot NW in Brooklyn Park. Dinner is a choice of Beef, Chicken or Vegetarian. There is a room block for $99 suites. Dinner price is $38 per person. Dan will send a blast email to full mailing list, including non-members. Still in need of donations for raffle and door prizes.

 Spring Training: The date is April 14, 2018, Meathead is confirmed as the Keynote Speaker. The Vendor display area will be full. Brochure will be printed shortly, and Registration will be open on the website in the next week or two.

Judges’ Class: KCBS approval committee meets 12/14, Dave expects our proposed March 20 class will be approved. We have already secured a room at the University to hold the event. Once approved, we will get the registration form and information on the website.

Minnesota in May 2018: The State Fair Board has not yet cashed the deposit check to hold the May 11 and 12, 2018 dates. There has been some staff turnover at the fairgrounds. Randy will contact last year’s event person to see if he can get confirmation of our date.

We will need to ask for more Volunteers this year, Randy suggested asking the general membership at the Banquet. Board made the decision to limit the number of 2018 teams to 72 Front/ 24 Backyard.

John announced that he will not be using Judge BBQ as the software to sign up judges, due to limitations of using that program. He will set up a separate email address for Judges to sign up.

National BBQ News: Some discussion that members are saying that the subscription to the newspaper is not worth their membership dues. Discussion on the reason why people join, what their expectations are, what would we offer if not the paper? The paper does give us a page of publicity in a national publication. We discussed member discounts for events we hold (Spring Training). The Board also discussed Auto-Pay in PayPal, to simplify renewals of memberships. Dan and Chuck will discuss the logistics of offering a discount to members who refer a new member.

Second Harvest Heartland:  Dick reported that we had 19 volunteers, who bagged 3,770 ponds of Pinto Beans in one pound sealed bags.

Ronald McDonald House: John has referred them to Dick for information on what they are asking for in terms of Volunteering opportunities.

By-Laws: John reported that he and Beth Salzl have made some recommendations on updates to the By-Laws, Bet will be on the agenda in early 2018 to give a report to the Board.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:12 pm.


Nathan Herme

Nathan Herme

To date I have been involved in the Minnesota Barbeque Society as a member for over a year now. I
have been the KCBS Chair and Organizer for the Bend of the River Cookout in Mankato / St. Peter for the
three years that this contest has been a Pro / Am cooking contest as well as the year previous when it
was strictly and amateur event. I have met and been taught much by the member and organizers of the
MBS as well as the KCBS reps that have become my friends in the past 4 years. Our contest in Mankato
began small with 28 teams our first year and 32 amateur teams in 2013, 2014 we had 50 pro teams and
52 amateur teams cooking and last year 2015 we brought in 48 pro teams and limited our amateur
contest to 28 teams.

Last year I worked with and assisted at several different events assisting the organizers and the KCBS
reps in any capacity that was needed. I had a great time doing this and will again this year offer my
assistance to any contest that needs help and or leadership to make it successful. I hope to again have
another contest brought to the area that I will be more directly involved in and help grow the awareness
of the MBS

As I was a key part of that event starting and become more known in the area, I would like to do the
same type of work with the MBS and see it grow further. Not only in numbers of teams but also the
awareness of what we have here in the state of Minnesota and the talent that is here. I would like to get
see our Barbeque Society be more known throughout the state of MN as well as our events be better
known. I would like to see the MBS Event be a greater kick start to the cook-off season become an event
that can bring in spectators and further spotlight the level of competition as well as the level of talent
here in Minnesota.

Thank you for your consideration to the Board of Directors, I look forward to serving with you and for
the members and family of the Minnesota Barbeque Society.

Nate Berg

Nate Berg

My name is Nate Berg and I would be honored to be the newest member of the Minnesota BBQ Society
board. Bbq has been a cornerstone of my life for the past 17 years, and I hope that my experiences such
as managing multiple restaurants and owning a retail sauce company can add new outlook to the board.
I have been married to my wife Lindsay since June 2017. We have two cats and two dogs, and hope to
one day build a family of two legged children.

Being one of the youngest pit masters on the competition Bbq scene, I think I have fresh ideas. My six
years in competition Bbq have molded the cook that I am today and I look forward to more growth.
Within those six years, I have accomplished many personal goals including multiple grand
championships and reserve grand championships, multiple first place category calls and countless top 10 finishes.

Employment and Experience:

PDQA Specialist October 2016-Present

Brothers Meat and Seafood
Lead Butcher June 2015-October 2016

City Slickers BBQ
Pitmaster/owner April 2013-Present

Famous Dave’s/RCs Barbecue State Fair
Manager 2007-Present

Graduate of the Culinary Institute of America 2010
Elected group leader

If elected to serve on the board, my goal would be to promote and grow the sport of bbq. I believe that
being an active competitor, I have views that can benefit other teams throughout the society.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions

Jennifer Falck

Jennifer Falck

Greetings! My name is Jennifer Falck and I am formally submitting my bio for consideration as a Board Member for the MN BBQ Society. Please enjoy learning a little bit about me and how I would make a great board member for your wonderful organization.

My husband, Matt Falck and I founded Lucky Brisket BBQ in 2012, after becoming big fans of the show “BBQ Pitmasters”. We dreamed of how much fun it would be to compete in contests, and hopefully do well enough to win. Our first official competition was in Owatonna at Smokin’ in Steele. We were next to Moe Cason, which was pretty awesome. At our first MN BBQ Society contest, we placed 9th in Pork. We were hooked instantly. From there on, we have placed in numerous other contests, and have had a blast while doing it. Since Matt got the bug to make BBQ his career, he has started his own food truck in May, that travels all around the St. Paul area, numerous brew pubs and festivals in Minnesota. While he is doing that, I am his go to person for Social Media, and scheduling events for Lucky Brisket to work. This year has been a trip and it’s awesome that this small dream of ours has been a success. We have gained a following, and people who think that grilling is BBQ, are surprised to taste what real BBQ tastes like. We have had many compliments on our style of BBQ, even from people in Texas (who are reluctant to try northern BBQ).

For my full time career, I am an Interior Designer/Remodeling Designer for a Design/Build Firm based in the Twin Cities. I design spaces for my clients, schedule and organize projects, and see them through to completion.

While being in charge of Lucky Brisket’s social media and scheduling, I have brought our small business from nothing to being quite busy. We are scheduling events already into next year! What I would bring to the Board would be my organizational skills. I am a master at scheduling, multi-tasking, and I’ve been known to be “scrappy”. I love meeting new people, being a positive person, and getting my love of BBQ out to everyone I meet. I am friendly, and people that I compete with I consider my friends.

I’ve grew up in Wisconsin, and have been married for over 20 years. Matt and I have a 17 year old son named Daunte, who you will see at numerous competitions. Because Lucky Brisket has been so busy, I have formed a team with another competitors wife, Tracey Heymer, and we have formed the team “Better Half BBQ”. You will see our debut at “Fire On Ice BBQ”, this coming March.

Thank you so much for your consideration. I hope that I have earned your vote.

Jennifer Falck

Jeremy Docendorf The Docfather BBQ

Jeremy Dockendorf

Hello Minnesota Barbeque Society!

My name is Jeremy Dockendorf. I’d like to be considered for the opportunity to serve on the MBS Board of Directors in 2018. I’ve been passionate about barbeque ever since I built my first pit in 2011. That passion really grew when I started my barbeque team, The Docfather BBQ, competing in backyard contests and eventually made my way to competing on the KCBS Master Series circuit three years ago. With my teammate/son, Wes, we’ve travelled all over Minnesota and surrounding states to compete and we couldn’t do it without the awesome support of my wife, Melody, and daughter, Madeline. We live on a hobby farm in Foley, MN where we enjoy everything about the outdoors: riding horses, hunting and fishing, and of course grilling and smoking!

Through my experience I’ve learned quite a bit about the “sport” of competitive barbeque as well as other adventures that I believe make me a well-qualified candidate for the board:

Attended several barbeque classes over the last couple years (including MBS Spring Training!) that have taught me all about barbeque and what cooks/teams/judges look for both in food and amenities for a successful event

  • A certified barbeque judge through KCBS (CBJ #86204)
  • In 2017 (and tentatively for 2018) I taught a barbeque rib class that received very positive reviews Assisted with past MBS events
  • Participated in MBS board meetings, so I am comfortable and confident working with other directors
  • Spearheaded the revisions to the 2017 MBS Team of the Year program that were voted on and passed by the membership
  • Active volunteer for the society as I currently manage/track the Team of the Year program

In addition to my barbeque experience, I also believe I bring a strong business acumen that can greatly benefit the society. I have a Master’s degree in Business Administration and do sales and consulting to retail stores in the outdoor sporting goods sector. Among other roles, I provide business insights into operations, budgeting, marketing, and customer service.
My goal for 2018 and beyond is to continue pushing for more, positive changes for the society. I want to know what you, the society members, would like accomplished. I’d like to hear your thoughts and opinions and put them into action. Your vote will help me accomplish that goal. I will work with other board members to grow the membership and generate some real excitement for the society!

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support.

Jeremy Dockendorf

Aaron Bourdage

Aaron Bourdage

Hello Minnesota BBQ Society Board, and members,

My name is Aaron Bourdage.  I’m asking for your vote, and the opportunity to represent
the Minnesota BBQ Society membership as a member of the board of directors for the
Minnesota BBQ Society in 2018.  As many of you know, Missy Fisher and I compete in
most of the Minnesota KCBS competitions, and have been proud owners of Lucky 19
Sauce Company since 2013 (   We started competition BBQ in
2014, and stepped up to the KCBS side in 2015.  Outside of slinging our sauces and
competing, we also have the pleasure of raising 3 great “kids”, Evan-22, Nathan – 18
and Meghan – 14.  In my day job, I’m a supply chain analyst for 3M.

Minnesota is lucky to have great teams , amazing organizers, super local BBQ
products, and great venues for competitions as well!  The sport is growing at a national
level, and I’d sure like to see that growth continue in Minnesota.  Additionally, we all
share a passion.  A passion for food and competition.  I’d like to see us leverage that
passion in order to do some good in the community at large.

A few things I’d like to see;

  • Additional KCBS BBQ contests in Minnesota (annually, there are 18 KCBS
    contests in Wisconsin, 12 in Iowa, 18 in Illinois and only 10 in Minnesota)
  • Growth in backyard teams and competition opportunities
  • Growth in MNBBQS Membership
  • Additional classes for judges
  • Additional volunteer event opportunities (like Battle of the Badges)


  • Better leverage the social media platforms to promote not only the society, but all
    of its members and their endeavors
  • Celebrate our successes, whether it be new products, new stores, new
    competitions, out-state wins, major wins,
  • A society driven info page for those that may be interested in organizing an event
    (think BBQ Competitions for Dummies)
  • Learn from our neighboring states and their societies, ….what is working, what

Beyond all of that.  I’m interested in hearing everyone else’s thoughts and opinions.
What is the board doing well?  Where could it do better?  What are we missing?
Thanks for your consideration.  I’m up against some very qualified guys and gals.
There isn’t a bad choice in the bunch, ….other than me!