After a successful 60 years or so of serving grilled chicken BBQ, the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids has a new Harbor Days menu, featuring pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches with sides of coleslaw, chips, cookie, and a drink, all for only $14. A gluten free option and curbside pickup are available. There will also be a Sauce Goddess bar to add a special twist to your sandwich, with the Sauce Goddess herself, Jen Reynolds under the tent!
Watch for our float in the parade!
What is being pulled on August 6?  Find out!
Look for the tents along Dexter Street at the Upper Harbor. Tickets are sold on site at the Rotary BBQ tent. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Eat on site or use a drive-up lane along Dexter Street is available, where you can place and pay for your order and have it quickly delivered to your vehicle. No standing in lines, no fuss, no muss! Come early, meet old friends, and make new ones.
100% of BBQ proceeds helps fund numerous Rotary Good Works projects. A few of many past and present projects are Giving Tree at Elk Rapids Village Market, Wheels of Hope hand peddle bikes, Elk Rapids ice rink, Elk Rapids Schools robotics programs, Milton Township ADA kayak and canoe launch, and Paddle Antrim.
A very special thank you goes to Elk Rapids Village Market for donating much of the food
Elk Rapids Harbor Days Rotary BBQ Committee
Paula Morgan Jorge
Former Home Economist Midland MI
Retired Elementary Principal in Midland MI and Delaware Ohio
Culinary Team Member for William Sonoma in Columbus, Ohio and Sarasota, Florida
Rotarian in Midland MI, Delaware Ohio and Elk Rapids MI Foodie
Rotary Scholarship Selection Committee
International Relations Committee-  Pure Water for the World Mission Trip to Haiti
Membership Committee
Rock a Thon Committee
One of three tri-chairs of Rotary Harbor Days BBQ Committee
Elk Rapids Volunteer Work
Past President- Elk Rapids Garden Club
Past Garden Walk Chair
Crew Leader of Zupin-Anderson Memorial Garden
Village of Elk Rapids Beautification Commission
Harbor Voices
Rachel Hunter
Rachel is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing at 4Front Credit Union as well as the Executive Director of its philanthropic arm, the 4Front Foundation. Rachel has spent most of her career on committees and boards of nonprofits, and she is currently serving with the Elk Rapids Rotary Club and the Cherryland Humane Society’s marketing committee board. Giving back is in her blood. 
Rachel’s family vacationed in northern Michigan, but she grew up in rural southeastern Michigan. Seeking new vistas, she enrolled in Indiana University. There she earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing, and her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with a Marketing emphasis.
Rachel is married to James Hunter, who is an Elk Rapids Rotarian as well. They have newborn twins, Victoria and Oliver, a 22 month old son, Theodore and two crazy cats.
Deb Francis
Debbie Francis is currently enjoying retirement after a 35 year career as a Physical Therapist. She received her degree from Oakland University and worked at Providence Hospital in Southfield as well as Munson Medical Center.
Deb grew up in the Detroit suburbs and has vacationed on Elk Lake her entire life. She lived in Utah with her husband Steve for 4 years where she worked in her field, became a ski instructor and renewed her love of singing, joining the Park City Singers.

When they returned to Elk Rapids, she joined the Elk Lake Community Choir and became involved in Rotary, performing in the annual Elk Rapids Rotary shows. Her love of music continues, singing in Harbor Voices, church choir and as a member of local organization Musicale.

She is married to Steve who is current president of the  Elk Rapids Rotary. Their English Setter, Belle, keeps them on the go. 
Jennifer Reynolds
Founder and CEO
Sauce Goddess Gourmet LLC
Video: Sizzle
Celebrating a lifetime of food appreciation
Sauce Goddess was founded in 2000. Founder and CEO Jennifer Reynolds has spent 20+ years in the food business at Sauce Goddess, a gourmet sauce and spice rub company.  Jennifer created the overall vision of the company: that food does not have to be made from anything other than food. We can recognize what we eat and it’s delicious. Her responsibilities and skills including product formulation, food safety and allergen awareness, design, and ingredients research have involved travels all over our country. Jen has won many awards, Recently, in 2021, Sauce Goddess won the ScreaminMimi Award for best BBQ sauce, Sweet Red Devil Habanero Sauce. 
So saucy, we'll make you blush
Personal Appearances
Her numerous appearances on regional TV news shows (throughout the country) involve cooking live and providing recipe suggestions. She has taught cooking classes at various locations, in person and virtually. She has been a presenter at Gluten Free Allergan Friendly Expo, Nourished Festival and Living Without’s Gluten Free festival.
If you don't lick your fingers,
someone else will.
Product Certifications
All sauces, spices and dip mixes are certified Gluten Free. The dip mixes and spices are certified KosherEverything is made from real food only, no additives, preservatives, or flavorings.
Sizzle with Sauce Goddess 
At Sauce Goddess, we love to help you show off in the kitchen. Once you have our recipes, family and guests are sure to applaud when dinner is done.  We can help you make a great meals with real food ingredients. Get out there and cook something!
Rotarians Adjust to the Times
                                                                           - by Elk Rapids Rotarian Norm Veliquette
Rotary's  chicken barbecue (BBQ) at Harbor Days began and continues as an outstanding community service project. The BBQ helps feed the surge of visitors who come to the festival each year.  It is a modest fundraiser from which profits are reinvested in good works to benefit the community. The Village Market deserves a huge shout-out for its many generous donations of food and supplies.
Each year from the 1950s to the 1980s, Rotarians built a new BBQ pit of cement blocks. It was heavy work and the blocks were expensive. Racks to hold meat over the fire were custom-built by Rotarians at Joe Yuchasz's Northwestern Specialty Company.  Clean-up was also heavy work, as during each barbecue, heat from the fire would destroy the concrete blocks.
In 1989, I designed and built a steel cooker, which was easily transported to and from the grilling venue.  It was used by the club for more than 30 years, but turning the racks to cook half-chickens was still heavy work. 
With  consumer preferences changing toward greater convenience in food choices, Rotarians elected in 2022 to offer pulled pork and pulled chicken. Elk Rapids Rotarians are appreciative of the patronage given by the community to the Rotary BBQ and all its endeavors.
Hope to see you at this year's BBQ on August 6!
The Old Way
The New Way
Illustration Credits
  Chicken Cartoon:  Illustration 151317972 / Cartoon Chicken © Christos Georghiou |
   Pig Cartoon: : Illustration 43656415 / Cartoon © Lawangdesign |