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  • Re: Well, my BGE adventure is off to a terrible start

    I'm sincerely sorry this happened. Maybe we can blame "fest fatigue" for clouding the good judgement of the dealer, but, this should never have happened. Greg, thank you for your patience. You're shown more patience than I would have. You'd already have been cooking for several days if I was the dealer. You can rest assured that the dealer, all the way up through their corporate heads, have been thoroughly castigated by me for their complete lack of judgement.  
  • Re: Well, my BGE adventure is off to a terrible start

    It would be helpful if everyone would just kind of back off on this. The dealer is very reputable and goes overboard to satisfy a customer......I know this and I'm the one that got this dealership started, so their reputation is quite good; trust me on this! This will be taken care of, the distributor makes the dealer go through the process by the book. 
  • Re: Georgia Mountain Eggfest 2016

    bgebrent said:
    John, what a great job you did this year, and according to others, best year ever!  Glad you're up for it again next year for sure.  Truly enjoyed meeting you!
    If you can, take a look at this forum thread.  Maybe you can help the folks at HH understand.  I'll cook again next year if they show up.  With my brother @piney.
    Thanks for pointing that out to me. I missed that thread. I'm on it!!
  • Re: Well, my BGE adventure is off to a terrible start

    Staygold said:
    My wife got home around 8:45pm last night with my demo egg purchased from Eggfest in Hiawassee. I decide I'm gonna start off with something simple today for dinner, some burgers, dogs, and brats. I roll my large BGE about 10ft out of my garage to my cooking spot. I open the lid to get my adventure started and...then it happened. The dome slides right out of the ring and lands on the driveway, shattering. It was literally the second time I had lifted the lid. First was when we got it unloaded to make sure everything I was supposed to get was there and still in tack. I've read where your supposed to tighten the bolts periodically, but before you lift the lid the second time? Disappointed is an understatement. I didn't even curse, just stood there in disbelief that after all the anticipation, the care of getting it home safe, this happens. I'm not sure where to go from here. Any idea on how or what it's gonna take to get it replaced? Am I ever gonna get to the point where I can open the lid in confidence again?
    Contact me, please, at your earliest opportunity.
  • Georgia Mountain Eggfest 2016

    The 6th annual Georgia Mountain Eggfest ( is in the books. What a fantastic event this was! The dealer sold over 100 eggs and we had about 2500 tasters making their appearance to sample all the fantastic dishes you all created. You cooks/chefs that come to the fest are the real heros, the real stars of the show. I can’t thank all of you nearly enough for your great sacrifice and contribution that was instrumental in making this eggfest so successful. A special thanks to the North Georgia Eggers who command the big “tent” in the center of the fest, and who pump out the food in such great quantities. They, also, are the ones who do that massive cook on the morning of the Meet & Greet. This year they turbo-cooked 20 pork butts and 2 whole packers. All of this was long gone before the eggfest ended. They also cooked on fest day, among other things, 12 whole pork loins and 80 pounds of chicken wings that were donated by Milton, PFG. What can I say about J. Barrett Carter and his fantastic crew of cooks/chefs and sous chefs who are in Booth # ! and are on the main firing line when the tasters arrive. The amount of food they prep and cook is obscene. They cooked 14 Boston butts, 40 pounds of chicken wings, scallops, ABT’s, a ton of crawfish, and live main lobsters, the largest of which was 6.5 pounds! They cooked a lot more than this, but, I don’t have the entire recipe list. One other special thanks go out to Pete Benac, who comes every year and brings his 2 large eggs that he uses at the eggfest and then, brings them to the after-party for our use. 
    Linkie Marais added a lot to the fest as well with her charm, knowledge and sparkling personality. 
    Thank you from the heart Kim Youngblood,Ginny Wangen Youngblood, Jim Legros, Kay Legros, Beth Williams Mellendorf, Todd Mellendorf, Bogdan Teodorescu, Vicki Knies and Bart, Paul Massey, Pat McDonough, TomandKaren Chamberlain, Jim Anderson, Lynn Joseph,Gene Skillin, Tania Skillin, J. Barrett Carter, Trip McAlhany, Marlene McAlhany, Daniel McAlhaney, Ty Deal, Kurt Halls, Kimberly Carter, Carrie Sagel Burns, Steven Burns, Meghan Hill, Danny Gaines, Heather Satterfield Gaines, Trivia Steve, and Kristi Dabney Ormesher. I'm sure I left some others off the list.........unintentional for certain!
    What a show you guys and gals put on this year! Unsurpassed, unparalled, and unbelievable!!
    See you next year on May 19th and 20th.........same place, same time...........
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