Since nobody really seemed to take the lead I'll take a shot. How about this:
Bring a slab of baby backs or beef brisket from your favorite BBQ place for the whole gang to try.
How about meeting in Long Beach and making a picnic out of it.
Say Sat Sept 8th?
I'm open to any other suggestions. But let's do this soon.
I love meat, but decided to give it up over a year ago. While I am confident that amongst advanced societies the vegetarians will eventually gain the upper hand, I do not deny myself the bittersweet pleasure of reading about sushi, barbecued ribs, steak and Zankou chicken. The taste memories are still brightly buzzing in my grainfed brain, and a bit of vicarious carnivory makes me a happier fellow. If I am not yet so far from my meateating days that I cannot thrill to the sight of a Rueben sandwich, I still find the practices of hunting and fishing unutterably barbaric. A woman on the tram was talking about letting a hunter onto her property up north to hunt redtailed hawks. Though rationally there are no grounds for censuring the killing of one animal rather than another for pleasure, I experienced a shock at the idea of hunting so handsome and dignified a hunter. But finally which is worse, setting out with a rifle to murder a wild thing or investing millions in an enterprise involving holding pens, artificial insemination, antibiotic-laced feed, slaughterhouses and more to murder countless neverwild things to sell their flesh those who can't afford freerange?
Yo. A few of us are currently working on a meeting time and place.
I was thinking we'd do it in a more central location, so more Chowhounders could come. Also, as per the suggestion from the more meeting-experienced SF Chowhounds, in the middle of the week.
We currently have a place in Hollywood with certain limitations. If anybody else has a place that they'd like to offer for the BBQ taste-test gathering, relatively central - maybe anywhere between Westwood and Downtown - please e-mail me, being sure to remove the SPAMBLOCK.
If worst comes to worst, we can use my place, which is central, but terribly small. Grad student digs.