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ronnie_suburban

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  1. Just a suggestion: A few years ago, I stayed in the Residence Inn, and our "mini suite" had a full kitchen with a range. There are also other long-stay type hotels in the area that also offer kitchens with ovens. So you might look into renting a room at a place like that (or two, which would get two kitchens with two ovens). As I recall, we booked our Residence Inn room through the Marriott web site and we wound up there because it was as cheap as anything else. So you could sleep there and have the workshop too. ← That's a very clever idea! ← I believe that Tom may have already inves
  2. 'Tis done; glad you'll still be attending other parts of the weekend. Updated lists . . . Please note these lists do not yet reflect who has already paid Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 REB +1 DutchMuse + 1** -49- (42 definite, 6 probable, 1 wait list) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thursday's dinner, although it's likely that s
  3. Updated lists . . . Please note these lists do not yet reflect who has already paid Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 REB +1 DutchMuse + 1** -49- (42 definite, 6 probable, 1 wait list) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thursday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, especially since we still have 6
  4. My standard operating procedure at Alinea is to split a wine pairing with my wife, so yes, they do offer it -- for both the standard and the premium pairings. My experience has been that the pours are generous and more than adequate. But that's just me =R=
  5. Updated lists . . . Please note these lists do not yet reflect who has already paid Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 REB +1 DutchMuse + 1** -49- (42 definite, 6 probable, 1 wait list) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thursday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, especially since we still have 6
  6. I just wanted to add a note about maintaining and updating the attendance lists. I will, until the right-of-first-refusal ticket purchase period ends on July 22, continue to add names to and remove names from the lists here, as people update their plans (via post or pm). After this period ends, I will post the links to each of the 4 EventBrite.com sign-ups here on the thread. From that point forward, if folks who change their plans want to post about it here, they are more than welcome to do so. However, I am not planning to update the lists I've been keeping here beyond that point, because
  7. I'm only involved in these events in as far as I've been trying to locate venues for them. So far, we've had a couple of near misses and right now there are a couple of pending possibilities, as well. In other words, so far, I'm a failure. The 2 organizers of these events are tino27 (bread) and Kerry Beal (chocolate). Should you want to assist them in any respect, you can communicate directly with them, via pm -- and that goes for anyone who wants to help out. But there's no reason this process has to go through me (or be documented here on the thread, for that matter). As I mentioned abo
  8. You should also take into account that Amtrak frequently runs an hour late. ← Yes -- this past week your train arrived anywhere between 21 minutes and 2½ hours late. I'd love to attend a chocolate workshop, but allowing for train lateness, transportation to the hotel, checking in, and transportation to the venue (assuming we can locate one), it looks like 2:00 - 2:30 would be the very earliest semi-reasonable time to schedule it. How long do you think the workshop would be? Should we proceed with the venue search or simply table it until next year? ← I'd love it if you keep looking.
  9. There is currently no wait list for the Chinatown dinner, so you are in, +1, for that meal. As for the Blackbird dinner, I have given you the final open spot and added your +1 to the wait list. Obviously, we don't expect you to attend if the wait list spot doesn't open up, although, you are more than welcome to do so. I've sent you PM's with links to the official sign-ups. Updated lists . . . Please note these lists do not yet reflect who has already paid Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L
  10. After I shake off the old ash and refill the basket with new charcoal I don't see any difference in burn time either. I still can do a 12-14 hour cook without adding charcoal without a problem. (Temp 225 +/-) ← That hasn't been my experience, which is why I stopped trying to use leftover charcoal . . . although the Komodo does greatly increase the chances of a long burn. I absolutely love mine and have even held temperature on it (225-250 F) for over 24 hours on one load of fuel. =R=
  11. On my Kamado I just close down both vents and the fire goes out due to lack of a air. I then can shake off the ash and reuse the remaining charcoal. ← I don't like to do this on my Komodo or any of my charcoal grills because it's much harder to gauge how a fire will burn or control it properly when using pre-used coals. You just never know what exactly you're dealing with in such cases. OTOH, my method can be a bit wasteful if I miscalculate how much fuel I'm going to need. =R= ← I never have any problem controlling temperatures with new or pre-used charcoal. I always add fresh char
  12. On my Kamado I just close down both vents and the fire goes out due to lack of a air. I then can shake off the ash and reuse the remaining charcoal. ← I don't like to do this on my Komodo or any of my charcoal grills because it's much harder to gauge how a fire will burn or control it properly when using pre-used coals. You just never know what exactly you're dealing with in such cases. OTOH, my method can be a bit wasteful if I miscalculate how much fuel I'm going to need. =R=
  13. I simply let the coals burn down in the grill after the cooking is over (with the lid on and dampers open). After they burn out fully, I dump them in a 5-gallon metal garbage can that has a secure lid, usually right before the next cook. When that gets full, I empty it into a bag and put it into the regular garbage. =R=
  14. Unfortunately, our efforts to locate and secure venues for these 2 events have not yet been successful. If anyone here would like to host one or both of these events, please post here or let me, Tom or Kerry know, via pm. In neither case do the equipment requirements exceed what is found in a typical home kitchen. The path to foodie glory often begins with hosting an event like one of these . . . Thanks, =R=
  15. Folks should definitely use whichever method they prefer. For me, though, the days of cooking over gas outdoors are in the rear-view mirror because the results when cooking over charcoal are superior. If I don't want that particular flavor, I'll simply cook indoors. A lump charcoal fire burns much hotter than gas, which also benefits many foods that are typically grilled. As for the time factor, I can be cooking over lump charcoal in 15 minutes via the use of a chimney and a wad of newspaper. That's just enough time to prep the meat for the grill, so it doesn't really slow down the overall
  16. Unfortunately, the web site is no longer. But Erik has been posting quite a bit about L.A. over at CH. Additionally, many of his translated Thai menus can still be found over at LTHForum.com: http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=359 =R=
  17. I'm sorry to hear that and I do hope that KC is strongly considered as next year's venue, as it seems like a very good choice. =R=
  18. Hi all, PM's have now been sent to everyone who's shown on the sign-up lists above. If you have not received a separate pm for each of the events for which you signed up, please let me know. Those who have requested reservations here will have until Tuesday July 22 to secure them, by paying for them via the links provided in the pm's. After that, those spots will go back into the general pool and become available for any eGS member to purchase. Ticket sales for all 4 of these events will be open until 11:55 pm ET on Tuesday August 5. This is when we plan to cut off ticket sales, so that we
  19. Updated lists . . . Done and done! Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 REB +1 -47- (41 definite, 6 probable) Only 1 spot remains for Thursday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, especially since we still have 6 "probables". Thursday Drinks at The Violet Hour =R= +4 HeatherM Alex tammylc +1 jestei
  20. I'm glad you mentioned this because so many of us here in Chicago have benefitted via his effort. =R=
  21. No need for that, as we've had a recent cancelation, via pm. You're officially in. Updated lists . . . Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc* + 1* jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 -47- (38 definite, 9 probable) 1 spot remains for Thursday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we still have 9 "probables". Thursday Drinks at
  22. I've gone back and edited the most recent list, above. You are now +3 (total of 4) for Saturday's group meal at the church. =R=
  23. Got it I only need a head count for the meal itself. Updated lists . . . Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc* + 1* jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 joiei* Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 (officially in, due to cancelations) -47- (38 definite, 9 probable) 1 spot remains for Thursday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, as we still have 9 "probables". Thursday
  24. Hmmm, thats a pretty rash statement. I think I turn out some damn tasty food on my gas grill. And, I dont have to wait 30 minutes before I can place food on it. I love my gas grill, I'd take it anyday over charcoal. To each her own I guess. ← Worthless? Well, some people just know how to maximize their gas grills. I'm with Cali on the gas grill and I can easily infuse fruit wood smoke if it calls for a long smoking time. Just be creative. ← I can do that too and it's not the same . . . not even close. =R=
  25. Yes. In the next day or so, I will be sending separate pm's -- one for each of the 4 pre-paid events -- to each person who has signed up here. Those pm's will contain links to the EventBrite.com site where your payments will be accepted. So, depending on how many events you've signed up for, you will receive between 1 and 4 pm's, each with a separate link. If you're bringing guests, you will sign them up and buy their tickets, via these links, at the same time. What this means is that once you sign up and pay at EventBrite.com you will not need to bring any money to any of the events (unle
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