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The Unveiling of Clay\'s BBQ Egg Table........

eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
edited 10:10PM in EggHead Forum
I can hardly believe my good fortune. I was the lucky winner of the raffle for Clay’s Arts & Crafts style BBQ egg table. It truly is a piece of art. I felt as if I were taking a victory lap when I hopped and danced up to claim my prize.

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It was only afterwards that I realized there was a problem. A big problem. How was I going to get my new table home since I had flown in for the fest? It was then that Clay and Diana offered, or rather, insisted on making a detour on their way back to Wisconsin to deliver and set up the table.

Diana and Clay pulled in to Dayton late Weds afternoon. They unpacked the Potato Wagon and we proceeded to take in springtime in Dayton, OH.

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Then, the work began. Clay showed me how to assemble the table. There are no nails or screws i(except the recessed screws to secure the wheels) in this beauty. In 10 minutes the table was assembled. It even came with a coated hammer for assembly.

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Quite simply, it is truly a work of art. It is Arts & Craft style. Beautiful, yet utilitarian.

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I am now the proud owner of a signed piece of art by Clay.

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You would not believe the detail that went into the design and construction of this table. Each piece matches perfectly. A wonderful piece of engineering and design.

That evening we had a lovely dinner. Dennis, dhuffjr, was able to leave work for a bit and join us. We started with grilled lobster tails, coated with a compound butter of basil, parley, and oregano as a primo course served with a buttery chardonnay.

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Clay started with a Scottish ale, Dennis was not allowed to imbibe as he was just on a break from work.. Clay (with the interference of both Dennis and myself) than began to prepare the secondo. He egged two 2 inch thick prime New York Strip Steaks and a 3 inch thick prime porterhouse. He applied Dizzy Piggy Raising the Steaks and Cowlick on the strips. The porterhouse was left naked.

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After the porterhouse was egged, I drizzled it with some very special EVOO and sea salt and ground pepper, for a Florentine steak. Clay cut it into thick slices for
serving.

I fixed a contorno of potato, tomato, onion with fresh basil, oregano, and parsley topped with fresh mozzarella and a salad of mixed greens with arugula, tomatoes, yellow peppers, and a garlic vinaigrette.

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We eventually sat down to dinner with a cabernet sauvignon.

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We finished with a selection of a creamy gorgonzola, rosemary asiago, and parmigian-Reggiano cheese and a dolce of strawberries drizzled with an aged blaslamic vinegar.

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It was quite a nice way to celebrate my new egg table with the artist and his wife and fellow egger Dennis.

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Thank you Clay! :)

I can not even begin to convey the design, engineering, quality wood, artistry, and workmanship that comprise this table. Now you need to check out Clay's web site www.claysbbqislands.com and you will see some of the behind the scene construction of my table and other tables.

Oooops, one last pic. I caught the artist designing his new prototype table while he was waiting for breakfast.

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Comments

  • We had the pleasure of speaking with Clay and his wife Diane on the beach on Monday. That table is truly a work of art, he truly is passionate about his work. The meal you created looks delicious. It was wonderful to meet you at the fest.
  • WingRiderWingRider Posts: 326
    Great food, great company and a great piece of furniture!
    Lucky you eenie-meenie :woohoo:
    It don't get any better than that.
    That is an outstanding table for the egg!
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Diane, indeed, Clay and Diana are a lovely couple.

    It was wonderful to have met you at the fest! :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Wayne, you are correct, La Dolce Vita! :laugh:
  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    I am speachless! The table and the food and the kindness of bringing and setting it up are all fantastic.
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Bob, I bet the people around me had wished I was speechless when I won. I was screaming like a banshee, lol.

    Clay and Diana overwhelmed me with their generosity.
  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,347
    Wow!. Oh Wow!! What a beautiful table and what exquisite woodworking. The feast prepared did the table justice. excellent all around! Congrats on the win.
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,418
    You beat me to it, :laugh:
    We sure had fun in the warm sunshine!
    Thanks for everything, your terrific. :cheer:

    P.S. It's snowing here as I type. :ohmy:
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Absolutely top shelf all the way! ;) Congrats!

    Wonderful stuff, Clay
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Joan, the table truly is eggsquisite! :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Clay, you and Diana are absolutely awesome! :) I am glad you made it home safely. I am so sorry about your tornado damage and now the snow.

    Hope your Potato Wagon comes around this way again and I will be looking forward to seeing your oil paintings!
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Adam, I just beam everytime I look at the table. :)

    Do you have snow?
  • Way too cool

    Clay makes the best tables that God has yet allowed man to make

    Thanks for sharing Webecca :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Frwank, the table is a piece of perfection! :)
  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    Clay's table could not have found a more perfect home.. and a meal worthy of the occasion,,
    next year i am buying the tickets B)
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Congratulations Rebbeca! That small and table have found a great home. Your dinner looks outstanding and your photography perfect. Thanks for sharing a great post.

    Blair

     
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    hahahahaaha, being a sore loser is unbecoming of you bill! :laugh: :laugh: :P
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Blair, thank you. :) I was pleased with the photography of the table, but there is much room for improvement on the night eggin and the indoor shots. When I get some time, I'm going to ask you to give me a tutorial on low light photography with a point and shot camera.
  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,939
    Well, if you aren't the Belle of the Ball today!!!

    :woohoo:

    That looks like one fine meal.., and is right in my wheelhouse i might say!

    When good folks and good food find each other...it's pretty special!!

    It's a reminder (for me) of God's goodness.., when I get to see my friends reap what they also sow.

    So..,"Good Morning" little one, have a blessed day!!

    :)
    I spent most of my money on good bourbon, and bad women...the rest, I just wasted!!
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I've seen Clay's workmanship and pictures simply don't do it justice. Surprised you didn't have RTD over as well. -RP
  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    we both know the table is where it was meant to be.and i am glad of it... but i just could pass up the chance to be a jerk about the tickets one lst time B)
  • ChubbyChubby Posts: 2,939
    For sure Randy!!!

    She's one of the few who can attract that kind of big name talent!!


    :P
    I spent most of my money on good bourbon, and bad women...the rest, I just wasted!!
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Clay makes an over the top table. What a nice way to get your table home. ;) Congrats Rebecca :)
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Evan's it certainly is evidence of God's goodness! :)

    When I heard that Clay and Diana insisted upon delivering the table, I told several eggers, "you know, it's a God thing".
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Randy, you got that right. Pictures do not do Clay's tables justice.

    RTD was certainly invited, but unfortunately, could not attend. :( I'm hoping he can get together with us when Mad Max comes to town this coming week.
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Tim, there couldn't have been a better way for my table to arrive.

    That egg is going to exude cooking karma because of that table. :)
  • BeliBeli Posts: 10,751
    Rebecca, that's just the way to celebrate such an important & grateful event, IN STYLE!!!! I'm glad for you but more for the guests who were able to taste such delicacies from your creative hand.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,360
    Rebecca,

    Beautiful table and cooks! You realise, of course, that that was won on my ticket. If I had gone Clay would have had to have driven down here :laugh:

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Beli, thank you so much, but I had to kind of throw that meal together. I worked that day and had to get up for work the following day, so the menu was limited to quick cooking dishes. Clay and Diana got to drink all the beer and wine while I could only slightly indulge and poor Dennis could not imbibe one bit.

    Pssst, don't tell anyone, but I am sure Clay's head was ringing the next day. :lol: :laugh: :woohoo: :evil:
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Gosh Steven, I used to be sad that you didn't attend the fest. We really missed you........but now I'm elated that you didn't attend. :lol: :lol: :woohoo:

    BTW, what exactly do you mean by "down here"......isn't Canada "way up there"? :huh:
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