Grill it up!

6 o’clock on any given week day night is one of the best times of Summer. Grilling season is here! It’s takes a whopping 2 minutes after getting out of the car and you can tell someone in your neighborhood is grilling tonight. Whether it’s something planned or a last minute burger, you can’t go wrong if the weather is nice.

Marinated steaks are always at the top of my list to enjoy and I’m not alone. 2,377 other people rated “Kookie’s” marinade the BEST Steak Marinade in Existence! Claiming:
This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it’s made me famous in our close circle, but until now I’ve never shared it with anyone.”
Most of the ingredients are already found in your spice cabinets at home. Give it a try here.

At home, we try to use our grill as much as possible for cooking in the Summer. A couple steps away from our patio set and we are ready to eat!

Some of our favorites are teriyaki chicken thighs, fennel and lager oysters, lemon and dill salmon, angus burgers and any kabob you can create. One of the best parts about dinner outdoors is that clean up is a breeze! The weekends bring bigger parties, more people around the BBQ and more mouths to feed – and more memories that last well into the evenings on these warmer nights. Fun on the patio and in your own great outdoors.

We’d love to hear your favorite grilling recipe, and we’d love to be apart of your Summer nights this season with any of our BBQ and Grill covers.

Cheers to Summer!

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Grill it up!

Grill your way into October … and BEYOND!

Long gone are the lazy days of Summer with warm nights that lead into fireside s’mores. Wait, that was just a few days ago. Some of us are still enjoying HOT days and warm nights. September’s late days are moving right along into October and it doesn’t mean anything you grill needs to be tailgating dogs and burgers. In my house, we keep the grill going all year long not just between seasons. Living in the Seattle area, it’s more like between showers.
PureWow brings us 11 ways to fire up the grill that doesn’t have to base around what time the team is playing this weekend. It can be an easy weekday dinner or even having friends and family over for a Friday night BBQ. Check these 11 dishes out that show your grill some love this season:


#1. Brie, Fig and Apple Grilled Cheese
The perfect grilled cheese sandwich for fall! Enjoy with a bowl of warm soup!
Recipe by Two Peas and Their Pod


#2. Grilled Eggplant Roll-Ups
A perfect mix of textures and flavours, this recipe could easily be multiplied to feed a crowd
Recipe by Great British Chefs


#3. Grilled Steak and Radishes with Black Pepper Butter
The black pepper butter for this grilled steak melts into a rich sauce—and pairs well with the radishes, too.
Recipe by Hirsheimer & Hamilton/Bon Appétit


#4. Grilled Baby Portobello Flatbread
Mushrooms are the ultimate compromise when it comes to satisfying both meat and veggie eaters
Recipe by Aggie’s Kitchen

#5.  Grilled Endive with Cranberries and Feta
When cooked, endive’s distinctive taste mellows and lends itself to a variety of flavors
Recipe by Cookin Canuck


#6. Grilled Squash Tacos
The beauty of tacos is you can make them with anything. ANYTHING!
Recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks


#7. Grilled Apple Galette
It’s so, so easy. It would be the perfect no fail dessert to make for a BBQ or family gathering
Recipe by Eclectic Recipes


#8. Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos
These are veggie-LOADED, so say hello to roasted corn, black beans, and the kicker: grilled sweet potatoes
Recipe by Pinch of Yum


#9. Grilled Kale Salad with Beets, Figs and Ricotta
With a turn on the grill, the kale softens slightly and develops delightfully crispy charred patches.
Recipe by Five and Spice


#10. Grilled Eggplant over Couscous
Can’t ignore the fact that summer is history and autumn is upon us, grilled veggie salads is what we are craving.
Recipe by Kiran Tarun 


#11. Chicken Garlic and Broccoli Kebabs
I love this recipe. It remind me of a chicken stir fry but on a stick.
Recipe by Kiss my Smoke

Grill your way into October … and BEYOND!

Great Outdoor Events – with Jesse

JesseTombs2Our president, Brian Bozlinski, just interviewed Jesse Tombs of Alison Events in San Francisco. Their very fashion forward business model states that they are looking to “create that completely original, utterly unforgettable event. But most importantly, they want it to be a reflection of their clients and bring out the best in them.”

Classic Accessories is based out of Kent, WA (South of Seattle) and when Summer hits, we are ready for outdoor potlucks, BBQs, company events, etc. We pride ourselves on our outdoor culture and wanted to see what event planners have to offer in terms of outdoor spaces to hold our next event. Here is what Jesse had to say:

BRIAN: What are some questions to consider when you select an outdoor venue for corporate events?

JESSE: Is the caterer in house or can you use an outside caterer?

  • What does the venue offer? Chairs, tables, bars, AV, lighting etc?
  • Does the venue offer security?
  • Is the cut off time for music earlier as it is outside?
  • Do they own heat lamps or heaters you can use?
  • Do they have a fire pit?

BRIAN:  How do you plan and arrange for seating and lighting?

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JESSE: Seating – it greatly depends on the type of event. If it is a seated dinner, we suggest seating for 30% of the guest count for cocktails, 100% of the guest count for dinner, and 20% of the guest count for after dinner/dancing. If it is a standing reception with stations or a buffet, we suggest seating for 70% of the guest count for the event.

Lighting – greatly depends on the venue, but we always suggest highlighting special interests, like design details, the dance floor, bars, and food stations.

BRIAN: What kind of décor will endure any weather?

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JESSE:
Potted plants – we always suggest plants and hedges for outdoor events that look great and can withstand wind and rain.

BRIAN: How do you protect the space from the environment and weather (rain, heat, covers, etc.)?

JESSE: Plan ahead, get a tent on hold 30 days prior to your event, add tent walls and decide on the day of the event if you really want them to be installed. Always have heaters on hold–you can always decline them upon deliver.

BRIAN: How should people store equipment when it’s not in use (covers, etc.)?

JESSE: Depends on the venue – but if you have a truck on site you can always store it in the truck. You can also store in empty event spaces, loading docks or alley ways.

BRIAN: Beyond picnics and bouncy houses: what creative themes have you found to be especially successful?

JESSE: Bring in animals, people love horses. Custom tenting–get creative and bring in teepees and the like. Cook outside–make the kitchen visible and use bbq setup and outdoor kitchens to add interest. Hot air balloons are a great photo op and a huge way to add impact.

BRIAN: What should corporate planners avoid?

JESSE: Color pallets – work with a story, not a company’s existing color story (think outside of the box).

Tell a story with the design, menu, and entertainment for the event.

Get away from tech – make the event a tech-free event and take peoples’ cell phones so they have to be present in the moment and connect.

BRIAN: Your favorite outdoor venues for corporate events in San Francisco?

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JESSE: Public parks like the botanical gardens and the conservatory, Golden Gate Park and Crissy Field.

  • The New Black has an amazing outdoor patio.
  • The roof top or the courtyard at The Battery.
  • Outdoor piers.
  • The beach.
  • The Presidio
  • Cavalo Point
  • Stable Cafe
  • Commissary

Check out the whole interview here.

 

Great Outdoor Events – with Jesse