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Pork Barrel BBQ was honored to participate today at the Alexandria Carpenter’s Shelter 8th Annual Cook-Off. To learn more about the Carpenter’s Shelter – visit the Carpenter’s Shelter website at – here’s some info from the Carpenter’s Shelter site:

Carpenter’s Shelter is a proactive partner with the City of Alexandria and the greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area working to eliminate homelessness through respect, responsibility and results. We are a nexus, a meeting place, a center of learning where people unite interactively to end homelessness. Through Carpenter’s many programs, we act as a catalyst for positive change in peoples’ lives. Using a holistic approach to homelessness, we advocate self-reliance through education and provide programs and services as needed.

And here are some fun photos from the Carpenter’s Shelter 8th Annual Cook-Off:

Heath and Brett at Carpenter's Shelter Cook-Off

Pork Barrel BBQ Table at Carpenter's Shelter

Good Luck Pork Barrel BBQ Pig

Good Luck Pork Barrel BBQ Pig

Brett, Susan and Sawyer hanging out at Cook-Off

Brett, Susan and Sawyer hanging out at Cook-Off

Del Merei Grille - Peoples Choice WINNER!

Del Merei Grille – Peoples Choice WINNER!

Brett in Wonderland with folks from Tempo Restaurant

Brett in Wonderland with folks from Tempo Restaurant

Here is some video from Carpenter’s Shelter 8th Annual Cook-off:

Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off Participating Restaurants:

A la LuciaThe Birchmere



Bread and Chocolate

Columbia Firehouse

Del Merei Grille

Dishes of India


Fish Market

Geranio Ristorante

Jackson 20

The Light Horse

The Majestic


Pork Barrel BBQ

Restaurant Eve


Southside 815

Tempo Restaurant

Union Street Public House

Warehouse Bar & Grill

Wharf Restaurant

Finally – here’s some more information about the Carpenter’s Shelter:

Carpenter’s Shelter Vision

A community where all live safely and affordably.

Carpenter’s Shelter Mission

To end homelessness through services, education and advocacy.

Our doors have been open since 1988 – a long time. But today we are still working tirelessly to overcome homelessness among children, families, and adults. Our job ends when homelessness ends, when all people can become contributing members of their community.

When you go home at night, do you think, “Everyone deserves to live in safe, affordable housing”?

We know in our hearts this is true. We teach positive ways of living to clients aimed at preventing repeated episodes of homelessness. Our services provide six interrelated programs, which form a continuum of care all the way through to Aftercare, for those who reach independent living in the community.

Only with your help are we able to do what we do every day – improve people’s lives. Carpenter’s Shelter is a nexus where volunteers, donors, and corporate sponsors come together to end homelessness together. People of all walks of life, in addition to other nonprofits, businesses and congregations are essential to our mission, and form our Strategic Alliances.

With your help, we envision an environment for people we serve, where:

  • All live as independently and self-reliantly as possible.
  • Quality permanent housing is available for all income levels.
  • Local/regional/state governments allocate all the resources necessary to prevent homelessness.