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Jul 28, 2013 06:46 PM

Grill Your Own Steak

We are having a small dinner party, 6 people in total. We are having appetizers ( marinaded shrimp, empanadas, bruschetta and prosciutto,melon,bocconcini skewers ) followed by a fresh peach, onion and greens salad. For the main coarse we would like to have our guests grill their own fillet mignon on the BBQ. Would this be appropriate. We will all be sitting in our lanai as the BBQ is also in the lanai. Thanks for any feedback.

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  1. What do you mean "appropriate"?

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      1. for a casual evening on the patio/lanai/deck it sounds nice to me, I love to retain control over the doneness of my steak.

        1. What's a lanai?

          Anyway, I bet some guests (if my own acquaintances are any measure) will not know how to cook a filet mignon as they prefer it. They might welcome someone else doing it to order.

          Sounds like a fun occasion.

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          1. re: Bada Bing

            One of the smaller Hawaiian islands.

            1. re: flavrmeistr

              Yes, I know. But the phrasing "sitting in our lanai" puzzled me.

              1. re: Bada Bing

                Fancy word for "screened porch", I guess.

                1. re: flavrmeistr

                  The "screen" is not necessary.

                  You could substitute "deck," or "patio," and be very close.


                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      I bet you would want that screen if you were still in NOLA. ; )

              2. re: Bada Bing

                think of a covered or shaded patio in a tropical location. an outdoor living/dining room.

                1. re: hill food

                  On "The Golden Girls", they have a lanai. I thought it was what old ladies in Florida call their patio.

                  1. re: iluvcookies

                    just those old ladies...

                    IIRC a screened-in lanai in FL is also called a '3-season room'.

                    in HI it's generally free and easy.

                    1. re: hill food

                      I'm lucky to get 2 seasons out of my FL lanai. Bummer. Nice room, too friggin hot half the time.

                        1. re: Steve

                          A Florida Room has glass. That's why it's too hot half the time.

                  2. re: Bada Bing

                    These guests will know how to grill. A lanai is a covered and screened I porch.

                    1. re: Bada Bing

                      Depending on what area of the country you live in, a lanai is a porch, deck or a patio

                      1. re: Bada Bing

                        A lanai is a roofed outdoor living space, usually abutting the house on one or more sides and either screened or not. It is not totally protected from the wind (thats the whole idea in the tropics) and only somewhat protected from rain, unless it is an 'enclosed lanai', usually with one or more walls of sliding doors or windows.

                        The 'balconies' on condos/apartments in Hawaii are always referred to as lanais, but they can be much larger and more useful than that. The old Governors Mansion has a lanai that is probably about 20 feet by 30 feet and is where most entertaining is done by the governor.

                      2. How many will be standing around the grill tending to their own steak? Al 6 at once? No, I think it's kind of weird. One person at the grill, tending the steaks, taking orders for doneness.

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                        1. re: wyogal

                          Agreed. Some people shouldn't be allowed near the grill. Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

                          1. re: wyogal

                            I agree w/ this... I can't see how letting everyone grill their own would even work, unless you're ok with everyone eating at different times.

                            1. re: juliejulez

                              I've we're thinking of having the men grill for themselves and their wives. It would just be 3 at the grill. The BBQis quite large.

                              1. re: No1Nonna

                                Yeah I just don't get why... to me it seems like making the guests work for their food.

                                And, I'm a better griller than my other half is, so don't assume the man is the better one :)

                            2. re: wyogal

                              I was picturing what you describe. Not appealing at all. One person asks the others how they want their steaks and then they all get cooked at once.

                              Not that OP asked :), but my opinion is the apps are WAY, way too much. I was reminded not long ago that apps are named that because they're supposed to what the appetite not kill it. Just my two cents.