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  • RAmorris
    Charter Member
    • Dec 2014
    • 449
    • Winter Haven, Florida
    • Equipment:
      Thermoworks Chef Alarm Food and Smoker Thermometer
      2 Landmann 2 Drawer Vertical Water Smokers
      Backwoods G 2 Party Insulated Vertical Water Smoker
      Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Edition Offser Smoker
      Weber Spirit E-310 t Three Burner Gas Grill
      Char-broil Classic 4 Burner Gas Grill

    Barbecue Dinner and Celebration

    My wife, Kate, went to work for the Berry Citrus Companies in January of 1997, three months after I went to work for Cutrale Citrus Juices USA. Both companies were headquartered in Polk County, Florida, So in 1997 we relocated from Bradenton, where I had worked for Tropicana, to Winter Haven. Berry decided to get into real estate development, and between 1998 and 2001, transitioned from being a citrus grower and processor to being a real estate developer, selling its processing plant and many of its citrus groves not in path-of-progress areas. In 2002, they promoted Kate to Vice-President of Land Development and Construction. She built a Publix supermarket, a shopping center, and other commercial and residential real estate developments.

    During that time, she worked and became friends with Phyllis Wynter, who was the administrative assistant for Kate's boss, Dan Devers, the CEO of Berry. Phyllis, with Jamaican heritage, had worked for Dan before when he was an attorney and partner in a New York City law firm., and he brought her with him. In 2007, when the real estate market crashed, Berry got out of real estate development, and Kate, Dan, and Phyllis left Berry, along with a number of other employees. Kate became an agribusiness consultant, and Phyllis went to nursing school and became a registered nurse, working at Winter Haven hospital. They both remained friends and periodically got together for lunch.

    Last summer I went through a medical ordeal consisting of numerous seizures and two heart attacks in the same day. That put me in intensive care for 5 days at Winter Haven hospital, followed by a stay in the hospital. Phyllis was instrumental in seeing that I got the best doctors. And in life or death decisions that Kate had to approve, like when to take me off the ventilator, Phyllis was there to advise Kate.

    So Kate and I decided to have Phyllis and her daughter, Tracy, a Yale-educated attorney, over to our house for a barbecue dinner, which was yesterday, to celebrate me surviving my medical ordeal. Tracy's birthday was one day this past week, so the dinner would also be a birthday celebration. Others in attendance were Mike Hogan, my best friend when I was in college and graduate school, recently retired as the CEO of First America Bank, headquartered in Bradenton, Florida before it was acquired, and still a close friend; our son, Stephen; daughter-in-law, Beth; and our grandson, Jayden. Pictures are below.


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  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 12857
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #2
    That sounds like a fun, (and delicious), time.

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    • Keiferr
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 963
      • Southeast Michigan

      #3
      Great reasons to celebrate!

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      • Steve B
        Club Member
        • Jun 2016
        • 3005
        • Rockland county New York
        • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
          Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

          22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

          Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

          1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
          1 maverick et-733 - gray
          1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
          1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
          1 thermoworks thermopop - red

          Pre Miala flavor injector
          taylor digital scale
          TSM meat grinder
          chefs choice food slicer
          cuisinhart food processor
          food saver vacuum sealer
          TSM harvest food dehydrator

        #4
        Awesome and congrats to all.
        When I first saw who made this post I was wondering how you were doing.
        So glad to see all is good. πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘

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        • Pequod
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 480
          • Crozet, VA
          • Gear
            • Komodo Kamado 23" Ultimate
            • Komodo Kamado 32" Big Bad
            • Medium Konro

          #5
          That last pic is what it’s all about!

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          • Troutman
            Club Member
            • Aug 2017
            • 7275
            • Tejas, Where Else?

            • OUTDOOR COOKERS

              BBQ ACCESSORIES

              WOOD & PELLET PREFERENCES

              SOUS VIDE

              INDOOR COOKWARE


            #6
            Primo spread RA, especially love the salmon

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            • jgreen
              Charter Member
              • Oct 2014
              • 2721
              • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
              • Cookers:
                Broil King XL
                Broil King Smoke
                Weber Kettle 26
                Grilla Pellet smoker
                Capital 40 natural gas
                Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

                Thermometer:
                Maverick 733
                Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
                Thermo works DOT (or two)
                Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                Accessories:
                SnS (original, plus and XL)
                DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                Vortex
                Grillgrates
                and, maybe some other toys as well

              #7
              Nice spread. Great company.

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              • Catmandu
                Club Member
                • Mar 2016
                • 190
                • Everett, WA
                • I have a Charbroil gas grill, Big Easy, Large gas smoker and small electric smoker, GMG Davy Crockett pellet grill. I also have a 160L Cabelas dehydrator which I use for beef jerky.

                  I'm on a mission to visit every brewery in WA!

                #8
                Nice story, and a great reason to celebrate with some nice looking cooks!

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                • klflowers
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 3332
                  • Tennessee

                  #9
                  Family, good friends, good food. Can't get much better.

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                  • FireMan
                    Charter Member
                    • Jul 2015
                    • 7710
                    • Bottom of Winnebago

                    #10
                    You know the dinner is great when served with Wet Ones! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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