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“Elizabeth Karmel is America’s female grilling expert,” says Steven Raichlen author of the award-winning Barbecue Bible series and informally known as the King of ‘Que. Elizabeth has been grilling and barbecuing professionally for a decade and just recently formed Girls at the Grill™ to spread her passion and enthusiasm for outdoor cooking.

She’s bringing all this excitement and expertise to New York for a special summer grilling extravaganza on June 12, 2002. And, because a cookout is more of a party than just a meal, she’s gathered several of her best ”grill friends” to join in the fun. One bite of their fresh and contemporary menu will prove that grilling isn’t just for the boys anymore.

Joining Elizabeth are five great grillers. They include Rose Levy Beranbaum, aka The Sweet Griller, renowned for her baking books including The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible. In her free time, Rose’s passion is grilling and she and Elizabeth have spent many a weekend playing with fire.

Gretchen Belmonti, aka The Groovin’ Griller has cooked alongside Elizabeth for years and cut her teeth this year as a judge of the Jack Daniels Invitational Barbecue contest. Pat Garland is a well-seasoned New York City caterer who has traveled as far as the Bahamas to light the fire with Elizabeth and whether she is grilling conch or New York strip, she knows how to finesse the fire.

Sarah Leah Chase is The Seaside Griller and is celebrated for her book, Nantucket Open-House Cookbook which alongside the Silver Palate series changed the way America cooked and ate. Like Elizabeth, she took the tongs and grilled long before it was fashionable. Last but certainly not least, is New York City resident, Mary Pat Wachter aka The Windowsill Griller. Mary Pat was given this name because she cooked everything by leaning out her window to reach a small grill on her windowsill. This humble griller produced everything from Thanksgiving turkeys to seared Kobe beef on her windowsill grill. A native of North Carolina, Mary Pat joins Elizabeth as a founding member of the Memphis in May Barbecue team,Bubba Meets Bacchus.

Joining Elizabeth and her “grill friends” for the dinner are Niman Ranch meats, Alaska Seafood Marketing Council, Kobrand and St. Francis Vineyard and Winery who are generously providing the meat, seafood and wine respectively.

For a “taste” of the event, check out the menu that follows. For more information or for ticket sales, call the James Beard House at 212-675-4984.

Girls at the Grill James Beard Menu

Tumbled Tomatoes with Mediterranean Herbs

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Renaissance Ribs — passed
Grilled Crudités Platter with a Trio of Dipping Sauces — passed
Bacon Wrapped Scallops – off the grill

Alize Wild Passion Cocktail

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Grilled Asparagus and Arugula Salad
St. Francis 2000 Sonoma County Chardonnay

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Grilled Shrimp and Crab Cocktail Cha Cha Cha
St. Francis 2000 “Behler Vineyard” Reserve Chardonnay

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Chile-Crusted Sirloin on a Bed of Garlic Cheese Grits
Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Forgotten Onions

St. Francis 1999 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

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Dirty Bananas with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Taylor Fonseca 10-Year Tawny Port

Meat Generously Donated by Niman Ranch
Seafood Generously Donated by Alaska Seafood Marketing Council
Wine Generously Donated by Kobrand