Frank Balestri’s 6th annual soppressatta event

Frank Balestri's 6th annual soppesata event

Frank Balestri’s 6th annual soppesata event to raise money for families of fallen first responders

Amateur Culinary Competition to Benefit Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, The 100 Club of Chicago

WHO: Frank Balestri – aka “the Sodfather”; a “celebrity judges panel” comprised of local restauranteurs, competitors and hundreds of attendees

WHAT: 6th Annual Soppressatta Contest, amateur culinary competition

WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 2013 Doors open at noon and contest begins at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Park Place of Countryside Banquets 6240 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL

WHY: Now in its 6th year, the Soppressatta Contest is hosted by Frank Balestri, a Chicago Police Officer whose passion for the art of making the traditional homemade Italian meat (similar to salami) has been elevated into a beloved annual competition. The event draws amateur gourmet cured meat enthusiasts from around the Chicagoland area where they compete to have their soppressatta chosen as the best for prizes and pride in the name of charity.

For the first time, this event will raise funds for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and The 100 Club of Chicago, non-profit organizations that provide financial support to families of first responders killed or severely injured in the line of duty.
Tickets are available for $30 at the door. Contest participants must bring two pre-sliced soppressattas to enter the competition.


The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for- profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Established in 2004, the Foundation strengthens the relationship between the Chicago Police, its business and civic leaders, and its citizenry. It allows us to express our gratitude to the fallen Officers’ families for the ultimate sacrifice of their loved one.

For more information about the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and its mission,
please visit our website at

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