Trophy for Fastest Servers in the South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jimmie Hale Mission recently celebrated its annual Christmas in August festivities in an effort to raise funds and awareness regarding homelessness and hunger in a time of year that traditionally sees a significant reduction in financial giving. As part of the two-week event, the Shepura Men’s Center hosted its seventh consecutive ‘Fastest Servers in the South’ competition; a race that pits local business against each other in an effort to dish out the fastest lunch in town.

Teams ranging from four to seven individuals were tasked with assembling 50 plates of Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes complete with gravy, green beans, and a dinner roll while facing the pressure of the clock. Most teams worked at such a tremendous pace that clients moving through the food line struggled to keep up with the output.

Plates prepared during the Fastest Servers in the South competition

Southern Company, which has competed in every showdown since its inception, and Steris Integrated Medical Systems both claimed this year’s title with impressive times of just 1 minute, 46 seconds. This came as no surprise since the duo has repeatedly battled tightly for the crown through the years.


Southern Company took top honors in 2013, edging runner-up IMS by 23 seconds. IMS then toppled second-place-finisher Southern Company with a 13-second margin of victory in 2015. The teams shared the tallest podium this year, marking the first tie in the competition’s history.

Other businesses in the event included Intermark, WIAT CBS 42, Merrill Lynch, Doster Construction, and UAB Facilities Division.

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