Starting April 21, 2020, we will be scheduling "events" for BBQ joints that offer delivery or pick-up options. We will not actually be getting together but it is hoped you are inspired to sign up for one of these events, place your order, for whenever you want and let others know about it so others are inspired to do the same.
Let's help our favorite BBQ joints survive this pandemic so they are around for us when we can visit as a group.
Effective March 8, 2020, this group will be on hiatus until the end of April. I will be scheduling something around that time, so watch for updates. Have a great Spring. Dale
I like BBQ. I cook it at home. I compete at BBQ cook-offs. I volunteer to serve it to those affected by disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires, and I support various charities in their fundraising efforts - with, of course, BBQ.
I also have a hard time passing by a BBQ restaurant without at least stopping to try a pulled pork sandwich or a plate of sliced brisket. Of course, if they have a combo platter that allows me to try a little bit of everything they make, all the better.
So if you really like BBQ and would be interested in a family style gathering at various BBQ joints within a reasonable driving distance of the Portland/Vancouver area, then maybe this will be a good group for you to join. When I say family style, I will be working with each restaurant we visit to arrange a meal that is priced per person and in which we will get a variety of menu items to share. You are responsible for your own beverage choices but everyone will pay the same price for their food, no matter how much they are inclined to eat. (I am hopeful that everyone is courteous, respectful and does not view this arrangement as a means of getting their ravenous appetite subsidized by others.)
My goal is to schedule one meal per month. Unless there are huge warning flags that a place is just no good, I will randomly contact BBQ joints in different parts of the metro area to set up the dinner. Some will be independents, some will be part of a chain and hopefully all will serve us a great meal. I would expect your meal to not cost less than $25 plus your beverage and a 20% tip - which will be added automatically to your tab.
If you join, you understand that I welcome your suggestions for places to visit in future months. You also understand that while this is family style dining, it is NOT a family event where folks under legal drinking age would be welcome. If there is interest in having an event with kids, we will look at it at some point in the future.
Regarding your RSVP. If you sign up to attend, you are expected to show up. I will close the RSVP two days before the event and send you a reminder of your commitment. If you do not cancel prior to the day of the event, YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED A NO-SHOW. Two no-shows and you will be removed from the group
Any questions - please post them so everyone can see the inquiry and my answer. Look forward to meeting all of you and tasting some good, and some great BBQ.