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Travis

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First experience for catering
« on: March 04, 2017, 01:11:39 PM »
Today was the day of the wine party at my bride's work. What it ended up being was a wine club appreciation deal. So club members could come and receive a free meal and some drinks for being a member.
There ended up being around 400 people. Brats, hotdogs and skewered veggies were on the menu.
So, this was the first time I ever ran a big stick burner. I brought along my Fleetwood and a 22" for searing. Would have been awesome to have a ranch or another 26" for that part, but we made it work just fine. Next time, I might have to ask @BobBq next time to borrow his.
Anyways, what a fun experience! I loved running that stick burner. I was going back and forth between searing off food, getting it on the smoker and then into the beer bath. Once you get these big offsets hot, they stay hot. So easy to run. Much easier than the big box store offsets.
It was a nice feeling as folks were coming up saying how good it smelled and how good the food was. It was a good day.
This place would have been right up your alley @Cellar2ful. It was beautiful and I saw this bottle opener and thought of you. It probably weighed 10 lbs.
I didn't get a ton of pictures, but I did snap a few. Nothing big, but a great experience and opportunity. This is something my bride and I want to get into for ourselves someday.



































How cool is this bottle opener, Jim. Sucker is heavy!

Have a good one fella's!!


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kemmons

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First experience for catering
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2017, 01:34:26 PM »
Badass Travis!  Whatwinery is that? I head out Augusta way a couple times of year.  Thank god they al have breweries now [emoji482][emoji481]


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Travis

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2017, 01:41:07 PM »
@kemmons  That's Graftonwinery. They have their own brew house too. It was their beer (stout) that we simmered the brats in. Come over and check it out sometime. I'll buy ya a beer!


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HoosierKettle

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2017, 02:22:42 PM »
Fantastic bro. Looks like it was awesome.  Was that the first time you used that big offset?  Hats off to you and your bride. [emoji106]


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Travis

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2017, 02:34:55 PM »
@Hoosierkettle Thanks man. Yes, that was my first cook on that offset. They are very easy to maintain once they get hot.


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kemmons

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2017, 02:39:13 PM »

@kemmons  That's Graftonwinery. They have their own brew house too. It was their beer (stout) that we simmered the brats in. Come over and check it out sometime. I'll buy ya a beer!


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That sounds like a plan!  I've actually been thinking about an STL meetup.  Think it would be a good time. 


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kettlebb

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2017, 02:52:03 PM »
@Travis looks like everyone had a great time and ate really well. Thanks for sharing. You did an awesome job!


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Travis

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2017, 02:54:40 PM »
@kettlebb Thanks brother. I appreciate it. I think the best part was that my bride and I got to do this together. We really worked well together.


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greenweb

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2017, 03:08:27 PM »
Looks like a success!  A beautiful day in a  tranquil setting. Great job! to both of you. It looks like everyone enjoyed the day. Mission accomplished.  :)

Travis

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2017, 03:11:21 PM »
Thanks @greenweb ! It was a great day


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haeffb

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2017, 03:38:36 PM »
Looks like a great time! Way to go, @Travis.

Travis

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2017, 03:55:27 PM »
Looks like a great time! Way to go, @Travis.
Thanks Brian!


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varekai

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2017, 08:53:39 PM »
Looks like the 2 of you had a great time and it looks like the weather was good, GREAT JOB  @Travis
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Cellar2ful

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2017, 09:04:55 PM »

Props to you @Travis. Takes guts to take on cooking for 400 people and if that's not enough, throw in the fact you cooked on a unfamiliar grill.  Glad it all turned out Ok. Looked like a bunch of happy folks. You were fortunate the weather Gods were smiling on you.

I have used one of those wine openers before.  They are powerful enough to rip the cork right though the foil wrap.  Makes life easier if one is opening a lot of wine (cases) for weddings or like your event.  I use an Osso at home as older wine corks have a tendency to break using a corkscrew.
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Jon

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Re: First experience for catering
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2017, 12:07:27 AM »
Travis, it is very gratifying to see a grillfella power through a 400 person cook. That takes a whole lot of staying on point while everyone else is partying. Good job.