Pop-Up Drive-Through at Lakeland City Hall to Benefit Lakeland Education Foundation.

LAKELAND, TENN., April 23, 2019 – It has officially been announced that The Lake District and Memphis BBQ Co. (newest restaurant tenant at The Lake District) are teaming up to create a one-day-only barbecue drive-through in the parking lot of Lakeland City Hall on May 2nd from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. All money raised at the event will be donated to the Lakeland Education Foundation (LEF).

If you love BBQ (and we know you do), then mark your calendars for May 2nd, because The Lake District and Memphis BBQ Co. are serving up over 300 lip smacking, finger licking, meals to Lakeland residents. You read that correctly, over 300 steaming hot meals, which are being donated by Memphis BBQ Co., will be on sale for a suggested minimum donation of $25 per meal. Owner of The Lake District, Yehuda Netanel said, “Within a matter of two and a half hours, we can raise nearly $10,000 that will go directly to the Lakeland Education Foundation! Since Memphis BBQ Co. is donating all of the food, 100% of all money raised, goes directly to the foundation.”

Netanel continued, “Everything I have achieved in life is directly tied to the education I received. The students of today will become the leaders of tomorrow, therefore it is important to me that they get the best education possible. We are invested in the community in so many ways, our best investment though, will be in our students.” Through conversations with Melissa Cookston, Owner of Memphis Barbecue Co., the idea of creating a fundraiser for LEF was born.

Cookston said, “Winning a world championship title for our BBQ takes dedication, hard work, and the right education. So much of what I’ve been able to accomplish has been a result of the incredible support from teachers I’ve had along the way. As we make Lakeland a new home for Memphis BBQ Co., we want to show our support and our pride to the students of the community. It is our pleasure to be donating all of the food for the pop-up drive-through. We look forward to seeing you there!”

Cookston described the menu for the evening as a perfect representation of fan favorites. The menu includes two options for people to choose from:

OPTION 1: Babyback Ribs – A whole slab of mouthwatering BBQ Ribs wrapped in foil with sauce (

OPTION 2: Meal for Four – 1 pound of pulled pork, 1 pint of beans, 1 pint of slaw, 6 oz. of BBQ sauce, and 6 buns

Suggested Donation is $25 for each option. Cash or check only, with checks made out to: The Lakeland Education Foundation.

Supply is limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Expected quantity of food is 150 slabs of ribs and 200-250 of the “Meals for Four.”


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