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PLANNER’S WORKSHOP food & beverage The BBQ U syllabus features smoke, fire, food, and camaraderie Hot Off the Coals By Andrea Doyle each dish before volunteers otisseries, smokers, rolled up their sleeves and grills, direct heat, indidonned their aprons, they rect heat, infrared … were reassured by Raichlen, 24 barbecues of every imagi“There’s no such thing as a nable style and size were roarmistake in the kitchen, just ing at The Broadmoor resort a new recipe waiting to be in Colorado Springs, CO, for discovered.” Barbecue University, affecWith 24 grills and knowltionately called BBQ U, in edge imparted by Raichlen, June. The professor was The Broadmoor’s culinary Steven Raichlen, award-winteam can easily incorporate ning author of 28 books on a BBQ U event into a meetthe topic, including the ing or incentive. Barbecue! Bible series; a PBS Last July, in conjunction television show host; and The “Guru of Grilling,” Steven Raichlen (left), teaches students the art of BBQ with the 2008 U.S. Senior cooking teacher who is known Open golf championship event, the as the “Guru of Grilling.” anthropology and literature thrown in resort hosted 40 meeting professionals Raichlen has traveled the world to per- for good measure,” explains Hartsell. who were treated to a similar experifect his live-fire cooking expertise, studyHands-On Learning ence one evening. ing the history of grilling and the way it The setting for BBQ U was lavish, as “The catalyst for this idea was BBQ is approached by different cultures. The Broadmoor has been impressing U,” says John Washko, The Broadmoor’s The students were an eclectic mix that included jazz musician Earl Klugh; since it opened its doors in 1918. There vice president of sales and marketing. are 744 guest rooms and suites, includ“This is experiential learning at its Dr. Greg Jenkins, husband of Olympic ing the brand new Broadmoor finest. Part of the whole experience is gold medalist Peggy Fleming and coowner of Fleming Jenkins Vineyard and Cottages; 185,000 square feet of flexible the grilling. The group members were event space; a spa; three championship walked through preparation, serving, Winery; and Grant Robertson, an golf courses; a tennis club; 25 retail and could help cook the meal on the Emirates Airlines pilot who came all shops; and 18 on-property eateries, grill if they liked. Each attendee left the way from Dubai. This was the fifth restaurants, and lounges. with all the recipes.” BBQ U for John Hartsell, senior softStudents sat on four levels of risers in BBQ U will be back at The ware engineer at NetScout Systems. The Broadmoor’s Cheyenne Lodge, Broadmoor June 10-13, and June 13What keeps him coming back? overlooking Raichlen’s preparation 16, 2010. Sessions are limited to 55 “I like Steven Raichlen’s way of maktable; two flat-screens on each side students. For more information go to ing everything so straightforward and offered an up-close look as he diced or accessible, with a dash of history and and spiced. Although he demonstrated SM evolutionary science and cultural R 18 I SM I August 2009 I

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - August 2009

Successful Meetings - August 2009
Editors Letter
Planning for the World, in 5 Days
Personal Success
Incentive Insights
Food & Beverage
Management Matters
The Show Must Go On
What Happens in Vegas...
Rolling on the High Seas
Betting on Meetings
Meetings Hype 2.0
Places and Spaces
Midwest Meetings
Palm Springs Desert Resorts
2009 Pinnacle Awards

Successful Meetings - August 2009