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Thu Oct 2, 2014

Board Meating

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Board Meating

The last Meatwave was over two months ago. That's what I believe is colloquially referred to as a "bloody shame." You loyal readers may not have noticed because I've kept those meaty recipes coming consistently throughout the summer, but the last time I hosted my friends for an all out meat-filled bash was all the way back at the end of July. It had been way too long, so I rectified the situation this past weekend with an immense Tiki-inspired feast, served against the backdrop of a beautifully sunny and unseasonably warm 80 degree fall day.

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Thu Aug 7, 2014

Carne-val 2014

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Carne-val 2014

Carne-val has been one of the finest Meatwave traditions. This celebration of all that is meat has been taking place since our first year back in 2004, making this summer's Crane-val the 11th annual! To bring an even truer meaning to the name, I devised a 100% all-beef menu that I was sure would result in a bovine good time.

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Thu Jul 10, 2014

Meatadata

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Meatadata

The last Meatwave was epic—44 people, 30 burgers, 9 racks of ribs, 4 chickens, 5 coleslaws, 2 barbecues beans, and 2 ice creams. It was a crap load of work and hell of a lot of fun, but I was hoping for something a little more laid back for the next installment, and I got just that. With a more intimate crowd, I grilled up a bunch of meaty delights influenced from the heavily Greek neighborhood that I live in. It's been a while since I've done a Greek menu, but each time I do it, the food always seems perfectly suited for the summer—always fresh, bright, and just filling enough to leave you satisfied without that overly gluttonous feeling the Meatwave usually brings on.

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Thu May 29, 2014

In Meatoriam

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In Meatoriam

You'd think Memorial Day would be my time to shine, but if you take a look back in Meatwave history, you'll see it's actually rare that I host a barbecue on this unofficial start of the grilling season. I'll grill any day of the week, any time of the year, but for most New York City based folks, that's not happening. I've found on Memorial Day though, my fellow city dwellers become industrious and find one way or another to take up the flames to fulfill their desire to grill on this holiday. Part of the original idea of the Meatwave was to influence others in NYC (and all over) to get their grill on, so if it takes a major holiday for my friends to do that, I want to do everything to encourage their grilling and not host a competing cookout.

This year though, I got no sign any friend was going to be hosting a barbecue, and I certainly didn't myself or my friends to have a Memorial Day pass without eating something cooked over a live fire. So I decided it was my duty to fire up the grills and smokers and invite everyone I know out, and that call answered and then some. This was the biggest, and most challenging, Meatwave ever, but man, it was truly fantastic.

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Thu May 15, 2014

Spring Meatacular!

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Spring Meatacular!

It's official, the eleventh season of The Meatwave is underway! On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon this past weekend, those of us neglecting our mothers gathered and partook in what has become a true tradition of the spring and summer. As I prepared for this kickoff throughout the week, finding myself sweeping the leaves from the deck, wiping the dust of the windowsills, and replacing string lights squirrels had confused for food, an inevitable excitement began brewing in anticipation of the fun, food, and overall good times the Meatwave always brings. With the start growing closer, I compulsively checked my guest list and rejoiced in each new rsvp that had me looking forward to being with friends I likely hadn't seen since the fall, as well the ones I was soon to make. When the day finally arrived and I was putting the finising touches on a plethora of kabobs, the doorbell rang, and just like that the meat starting flowing once again.

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