Longtime Aqua Bistro chef MJ Foody unexpectedly passed away last month after a heart attack, just one week from his 60th birthday, and The Tourist Trap is sponsoring a one time memorial award at this weekend’s Rib Cook Off in Coral Bay in honor of their friend.
It’s unique in a couple of ways. The Tourist Trap always comes up with the unexpected.
The award will go to the THIRD place winner, not the first place winner, because MJ’s ribs came in third place in the first two years of the Rib Cook Off.
The award itself is also a red, glowing orb of ice.
“The melting of the award is intended to represent the impermanence of all things,” says Tourist Trap’s Cheryl Geller. “Plus with so many St. John homes so small, a melting award does not become a dust collector that no one has room to display. MJ would have liked the practicality of that.”
Inside the frozen award is a token for a free Lobster Roll at the Tourist Trap.
The Cook Off is also a fundraiser for St. John Rescue, which Cheryl says was first on the scene when MJ had his heart attack, arriving within minutes.