love2bake I assume you are talking about the CFS from Classen Grill. I can't say for sure that the gravy was made from the drippings, but it did taste that way. It definitely was not sausage gravy. Thanks so much for the kind words!
Oh my--that CFS looks awesome! Was the gravy made from the drippings? Out here in CA they put sausage gravy on CFS which is just not right, in my opinion. :( Love your report, btw.
Now, can you please tell us more about the National Pie Championships? Were you a contestant? Or even better, a judge?
Yes, I was a judge! Second year doing it, and it's a blast. This year I judged the citrus and nut pies in the amateur division, raisin pies in the professional division, all of the categories in the junior chef division, and best in show for all of those. That was over two days. If you would be interested in judging next year, you should definitely apply. About half of the judges are food industry professionals, and half are regular people who love pie! It's so much fun. There's also a commercial pie category, but I've not wanted to judge those. However, I do volunteer for other things on the day those are judged, and when the judging is complete, the volunteers can try any of those pies they want to. :)
Yep--I was referring to Classen's CFS. I love real CFS, and I don't find anything decent out here in the SF Bay Area. I need a Texas trip. I recently was at Stockyard Cafe in Amarillo, and their CFS was good, but very different--cooked on a flattop, I think. However, their gravy was fabulous. And their green beans with bacon, too. But I probably need to travel between Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio to do a CFS tour right.