LOS ANGELES- “We want to make Healthier Grilling FUN!”, according to BBQ RESCUES! (BBQR) Foundation Director, Chef Mick Brown. “And to broaden the way that people think of Barbecue. In 2017, BBQ it is no longer ‘All About the Meat’.” The BBQR Foundation encourages people to use creative and delicious ways to include Fresh Vegetables into their regular BBQ Cookouts, and to consider adding Vegan BBQ Entrees (gasp!) as options for Guests. Brown credits this style of cooking to the success of his top rated Los Angeles catering firm Tastee BQ Grilling Co., which has catered everywhere from a Pool Party at the Beatles Mansion to the Katie and Tom Engagement Party on the Season Finale episode of “Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo TV) in 2016. The event was filmed at Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd’s Villa Rosa Estate in Beverly Hills. Brown claims to be the first (and last) Grill Master to ever cook at the famous Manor.
The BBQR Foundation also plans to share recipes with other BBQ Caterers and Restaurants throughout the U.S., encouraging them to add Healthy Grilling options to their Menus. The new organization is already an active Member of The National Barbecue and Grilling Association (NBBQA). The Foundation has been endorsed by Michelle Mazzara, Minnesota TV News Personality and Owner of Luvafoodie.com, Los Angeles Magazine Food Critic Patric Kuh. They have also released an entry to the Tesla/Solar City’s Project Loveday Contest- a unique DIY Solar BBQ Smoker video which they hope will go viral in the upcoming months..
Their first California BBQ RESCUES! Foundation Fundraiser will happen on Memorial Day Weekend at the Urban Press Winery in Burbank on Sunday May 28th and Monday May 29th from 12 to 4pm (or until the BBQ sells out). The Wine-Inspired $5 Menu will include Grilled Angus, Chicken Breast, Turkey and Veggie BBQ Sliders, as well as Smoked Jumbo Angus Beef and Turkey Dogs. Gluten Free and Vegan Supporters can order the Grilled Italian Veggie Salad (or add any of the Meats for $2 Bucks), or nosh on Smoked BBQ Chips with HEROIC! Sriracha Sauce. The Urban Press Winery is located at 316 N San Fernando Rd. in Burbank,CA. 91502. The Foundation would appreciate support from anyone near the Burbank Area, Small and Larger Orders can request Pick-Up in advance at www.BBQRESCUES.org.
“Grilling with Wine” Benefit for BBQ RESCUES! Foundation, Inc.
Memorial Day Weekend Cookout at Urban Press Winery in Burbank
Sunday May 28th and Monday May 29th (Memorial Day)
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Brioche BBQ Sliders (Plate with Chips and Side Salad)
[Your Choice of Grilled Angus Beef, Chicken Breast or Turkey Burger]
Grilled Veggie Sliders (Plate with Chips and Side Salad)
Jumbo Smoked Hot Dogs (Plate with Chips and Side Salad)
[Angus Beef or Turkey]
Grilled Veggie Italian Salad (Add Meat $2)
Smoked BBQ Chips ($2 w/Dipping Sauce)
Advance Order Form
*Please Allow 24 Hours in Advance for Larger Orders. No Phone Orders Please
A little over a year ago a friend contacted me about this event I had never heard of. Called National Night Out, she wanted to know if I could contribute some food. What’s it all about? Since 1984, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) has sponsored gatherings in over 16, 000 neighborhoods around the country. Along with community outreach with info about crime prevention, safety tips and helpful community programs, the gatherings usually include some sort of Cookout. In most cases, that means BBQ! With over 38 Million Members, the NATW also sponsors a national Dog Walkers Watch program to train the to make our neigh’s even safer.
They also include a Memorial for Police Officers who were lost in the line of duty and donations to local Charities. More than ever, it is an important time to Communities to come together with the dedicated members of Law Enforcement who provide invaluable service for all of us every day. Based on recent events, a couple of Bad Eggs may have to be cracked (on both sides of the law). However, the vast majority of U.S. Citizens and Officers alike are out to do the right thing. We are all much stronger together, than to leave the streets in the hands of Outlaws. [With that said, I can put aside the Soapbox and we can get to the Food].
Last year I participated in the festival at The Greek Theatre in Griffith Park (Los Angeles). In between doling out slices of Smoked BBQ Pizzas from Cheech’s and samples of HEROIC! Rub, I also took the opportunity to launch my new project called BBQ RESCUES! At the time, I had been recently crowned Grill Master Champion on Food Network show Cutthroat Kitchen. It was fun to do interviews with several Police Reps, Community Volunteers and discovering this great A Cappella band called Jondo.
This past May, I was honored to cater the 120th Anniversary Cookout for about 500 Officers and Staff of the Santa Monica Police Department. The event went great for the Tastee BQ Grilling Company. We were pleased to use HEROIC! Rub to grill some of our best Hot Links, Burgers and Smoked Chicken ever. Special Thanks to Kingsford Charcoal and Pit Barrel Cookers for contributing extra supplies for the event. Dunkin Donuts were also supplied the Police event with most of the most impressive Donut Stands we have ever seen. Also Thanks to the SMPD for providing photos and Ciao Bella for extra staffing help.
I plan to release a Kingsford sponsored video for the Perfect Burger sometime before now and Labor Day. In the meantime, you can get mood for this years event by listening to last years podcast “National Night Out at the Greek (Parts 1 & 2)” with slideshows on the BBQ RESCUES! Blog Talk Radio website or download them on iTunes. There are also links to find the National Night Out event in your area. Finally, I couldn’t resist adding a couple of my favorite Youtube Videos of Policemen around the country dancing at recent BBQs. Enjoy. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.
Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Caterer and Private Grilling Instructor, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. In May of 2015, he won Grill Master Champion on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen on special BBQ episode “Grill or Be Grilled” (Season 8, Episode 3). He also recently appeared on Bravo TV, catering for the Cast of Vanderpump Rules (Season Finale). He is also author of web blogs The Adventures of Tastee BQ and BBQ Catering Confidential. His newest project BBQ RESCUES!, includes a Blog Talk Radio Show, Youtube TV Channel and Podcasts on iTunes. Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com