spawn and i got home about 6:30 last night. . .and as we talked about it on the road home, we both agreed that the highlights for us really weren't about the food nearly as much as it was about the great people we got to meet and spend time with, and the fabulous food was really just an outgrowth of these great people. . .[p]in no particular order, and with advance aplogies to those i may not mention here simply cause i can't mention them all. . .[p]1. the amisano family, who set up right next to us. .. the family recipe italian sausage was THE BEST italian sausage i have ever eaten in my life, period (if you didn't hear the story, it is a recipe past down from generation to generation, and currently paul's step mom has the recipe, and in order for paul to make he has to get pre-mixed bags of the seasoning from her. . it will be his someday) and coincidence no. 1, his daughter and mine share a common bond of juvenile diabetes, so the girls hit it off and found a common thread and ranking on their fathers!!. . .[p]2. julie appledog. ..what a great lady and a pleasure to finally meet her face to face. . ..looking forward to trying some of her great products (the jerk pork wess made with her stuff was outstanding)[p]3. mark backer and his lovely wife molly and their daughter. . .you've got to love that guy, his enthusiasm is endless. . .here is a guy who loves life, and it shows. . .molley - you should have hidden the tools for christmas[p]4. ken stone and his better half dianna - they ended up in the hotel room right next to us, so got to spend some time getting to know one of my favorite rub and sauce guru's. .. we have got to get him back into production!![p]5. molly and eli shark. . .two of our favorite people. .. we just enjoyed hanging in their company at the post-party. .. [p]6. nature boy - my buddy!!. . .enjoyed our talks while he was on I77 and i was on I85. . .i am always happy to cook and spend time with him (too bad we couldn't get brett, woo and mr earl. ..but we'll get them next time!!)[p]7. bobby q. .. another guy i got to get to know. . .thanks for hangin with us a tthe after-affair![p]8.rum and jerk and his amazing pumpkin dish. . .no way i could keep up with that party machine!![p]9. the grillmeister. .. i promise ed, spawn and i will look at the possibility of coming to austin!. . .always great to hang with you. ..to bad leisle had to miss out. . .[p]10.drbbq - its always a pleasure to be in the presence of a legend (i mean that sincerely) . ..the green cake was awesome!!. .and we are definitely looking forward to getting a first edition of the book when it comes out next spring. . . .hey, sounds like an excuse . er. ..reason for a 'fest. .. [p]11. papaq. . .gosh, what can i say about paul. . what a great person. and coincidence number two. ..after talking about the joys of adopting children (my one can't hold a candle to his 10), wouldn't you know it, we share the same birthday. ..[p]12. djm5x9 - darrell, another guy i feel like i've known for years from the forum, and it was a pleasure to finally meet and spend time with. .[p]13. smokey - damon, it was great to see you again (you are also one of spawn's favorites) and a really pleasure, if only briefly to meet your lovely bride laurel and your beautiful son, spencer. ..we know who rules in your house!!. .. .[p]14. shotgun fred and bbq bob. .two of my favorite people. .always fun and interesting to see what they are cooking up their sleeves. . .hey bob. . .how many pit stops did you have to make going home?? h heeee[p]15. bbqbluesstringer - kelly and shirly, really nice to spend time with the two of you as well... i know spawn enjoyed talking with you at the after-fest. . [p]16. yb - larry ward. . .one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life. .it was a real pleasure to spend time with you and jenny on friday night as well. . .[p]17. the nolans, new eggers who went home with a large in their trunk, bellies full of food and heads full of new found knowledge[p]18. the ladies in the white shirts and head bands cooking at the top of the hill (i never did get their names). . .they cooked up a storm all day long, with their pizza dip and especially that crawfish in pastry roll thing that was to die for. ..they were terrific!![p]19. bill wise - the wiseone himself. . felt like i'd known him for years!!. ..its no wonder the whole thing works so well when you have dedicated folks like him involved[p]20. the entire gang from BGE. ..what a party they threw. . .my new friends the alters (i know they like escargot now), jim n, john, ab, the beautiful brenda miller, jewel (who spent the whole day taking samples around the crowd, they could have used 12 of her). . .i can't say enough about the job they all did. . .[p]21. and everyone i met and hung and ate and yapped with that i haven't previously mention (geez i forgot to mention two of my favorite folks, wess and sally b. . like someone else said, EVERYONE is an instant member of their family. . ..[p]so spawn and i feel like we have now been to the promised land, with a visit to the bge store, it was equivelent to a trip to mecca or the wailing wall!!. . it was a weekend we won't soon forget. .. [p]thanks everybody for the hospitality, friendship, great food and great time. ..it was truly memorable!!