Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In the Kitchen at Parties: Best Thing Ever? Worst?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 5:42 AM

So the other day I'm hanging out at local men's boutique Love Is Earth chilling out, drinking beer and celebrating the release of KDSML's new mixtape Trapjaw — it's dope, in case you're wondering — when in walks my buddy Lee. Lee has been working in kitchens in this town since he was a kid — he's been behind the stove at Sambuca, Burger Up and right now you can find him at Germantown Café — and he's one of my favorite people in town to talk about food with. He's a low-key dude with great taste, about as unpretentious as a foodie can be. When Lee shows up I know that without a doubt, the conversation is going to take a turn for the mouthwatering.

As the afternoon came to the close and the shop was getting ready to close up, talk turned to planning the night ahead — it was Lee's birthday and his crew wasn't about to let him follow through on his plan to go see a movie by himself. As plans were hashed and a cookout became an inevitability, it became pretty apparent that the actual food prep was going to fall in the birthday boy's lap. Happy birthday, buddy — now get to work! But Lee wasn't upset, rather he had that look in his eye that said, "I'mma go hard on you fools" as he figured out a last minute menu for 10.

It was right about then that I realized this happens to me ALL the time. I plan to have a nice chill day, maybe drink some beer with the homies and enjoy somebody else's hospitality, and then the next thing you know I'm in front of the grill with 20 pounds of meat while running back and forth to create impromptu sides. Without fail, every time I go a party I end up cooking something for someone or at very least staying within arm's reach of the stove and helping out whoever got there first. And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. Especially when my in-laws come over — I'm pretty sure I'm a much more pleasant person to deal with when I've got my head in an oven.

So what about you Bitesters? Do you ever get forced/coerced/cajoled into kitchen-conscription? Do you volunteer for cooking duties to avoid awkward social interaction or just because you, ya know, love to cook? What's your favorite thing to cook in a pinch?

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