Silicon Valley BBQ Championship fosters community
By David Alexander
Leonard Rideau dumped charcoal briquettes into a grill. Next to him, another grill billowed chalk-white smoke into the air. Soon, he would add the meat, seasoned in the Cajun style his father -- a Louisiana native -- taught him.
Rideau, a San Jose resident who named his barbeque Papa Bud’s after his father, is just one of 60 professional teams that competed in the Silicon Valley Barbeque Championship Friday and Saturday at Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. in Santa Clara. Approximately 30 more teams competed in the backyard competition.
The Santa Clara Rotary Club organized the fifth-annual Silicon Valley Barbeque Championship, and the proceeds from it go to fund its various charitable endeavors.
And while Rideau was there to compete, it isn’t what barbecuing is all about to him.
“Everybody says their barbeque is the best,” Rideau said. “[My father] taught me how ... for me it is about sharing something that I put time into. It meant something to him to do that, and it means something to me...”
In spite of the faint odor outside the administration building of the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility possibly coming from the facility or neighboring landfills, visitors of the June 25 public tour were eager to learn what happens to contents flushed down toilets and washed down sinks. Inside the building, visitors received complimentary fat scrapers to scrape fats, oil or greasy scraps to be transferred to the garbage can (from the pan to the can) to prevent sewage backups from sink disposal. In about one hour, visitors gained insights about the San Jose-Santa Clara...