Fri, 28 August 2009
Hey barbecue fans. If you're in the Vancouver area this weekend,
come by Hadden/Vanier park and taste some pink salmon, some of it
cooked by yours truly. See the news release below for details.
Pink Salmon Festival – A Celebration of Health & Plenty
August 30th, 11am – 5pm Hadden/ Vanier Park, Vancouver BC.
(Vancouver) Each summer in BC, millions of salmon return to their
home rivers to spawn and rejuvenate our west coast ecosystem. On August
30th, the Pacific Salmon Foundation is hosting a celebration of the
return of one of the greatest, yet under-appreciated, resources in the
province – Pink Salmon. While sockeye populations on the Fraser River
have not returned in the expected numbers, all indications point to a
run of up to 15 million pink salmon coming home to the Fraser over the
The PSF Pink Salmon Festival is a celebration of all that Pink
Salmon represent and offer. Pink Salmon are the base for BC’s coastal
ecological systems, they are sustainably harvested, and their delicious
and delicate texture and are prized by culinary experts the world over.
Foodies take note: this free event features Robert Clark, the
visionary and celebrated executive chef of C restaurant as well as the
chefs from Raincity Grill and Nu preparing specialty pink salmon
creations for the public to enjoy. In addition, barbecue evangelist
Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk will be preparing a West-Coast classic:
cedar-planked pink salmon with his signature whisky-maple glaze. This
all-star culinary team will be preparing close to 3,000 pounds of
beautiful, succulent pink salmon in free, sample-sized portions for
what is sure to be an appreciative crowd.
Pink Salmon will also be celebrated with live music by Highrise
Lonesome, fish painting by the Stream of Dreams Society, magicians,
entertainers and a 60 foot salmon story telling tent! Attendees can try
their hand at fly fishing and fly tying as well as enjoying a salmon
art show and a fundraising silent auction and raffle. Displays from
community partners such as the Vancouver Aquarium’s OceanWise program
in addition to the PSF education areas featuring ocean creature touch
tanks will inform people of the important role Pink Salmon play in BC
Pink Salmon are a wonderful example of the health and plenty of British Columbia.
Please join us in celebrating their return home this year.
Hosted by the Pacific Salmon Foundation
Category:barbecue -- posted at: 6:23am PST
Sat, 15 August 2009
On August 11th I had a great time on the Christy Clark Show. In this episode I serve Christy the first-place winner in the Backyard Burger event of this year's Canadian National BBQ Championships in Whistler, B.C., my Beef Burger With Chile Butter Core. I also answer a bunch of great listener questions.
Wed, 12 August 2009
A few years ago I launched Barbecue Academyⓒ. It's a day-long corporate teambuilding workshop that teaches participants about championship barbecue in a fun, relaxing atmosphere with plenty of room for socializing.
I think it's the only event of its kind in the world. There are lots of hands-on barbecue workshops for the public, and some of the big barbecue celebrities in the U.S. do corporate cooking demos and catered events. And there are even some corporate team building workshops based on cooking contests. But, as far as I know, this is the only corporate workshop that creates a competitive environment for participants, who divide into teams, prep and cook real barbecued chicken and ribs, and vie for cheap plastic trophies just like the big boys.
I've done three of them so far, for energy companies in Calgary, with positive feedback.
Here's what some of the participants have said:
“You learn a little about smoking and barbecue, and a whole bunch about some folks that I don’t normally work with. We all had fun!”
“A great teambuilding event. The service was outstanding.”
“Lots of laughter, lots of concentration, great tastes, lots of enthusiasm from everyone.”
“An opportunity to mix in a creative environment.”
“It was a great day and I am full!”
“This was an exceptional workshop. It is filled with the science, the art and the lifestyle of barbecue. Ron is very knowledgeable and entertaining.”
“Ron’s team is terrific! Everyone is friendly, fun and extremely knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!”
“Fostered good camaraderie while incorporating some healthy competition. Highly recommended!”
Here's a promo sheet:
Please pass it on to anyone you know who might be interested.
Category:barbecue -- posted at: 9:34am PST