Just arrived home from our trip down to G&M Restaurant for a great Meet and Eat with over 35 roadfood lovers. Jane and I arrived early, but not before The Mayor who traveled 650 miles to get there.
Al is the kind of guy who you immediately take a liking to.
He and I both brought our digital cameras and snapped a couple of each other.
Barbara CT and her husband arrived next and the fun began putting faces with posts. Signman's arrival wasn't long after that and the meet and greet got into gear in the back parking lot of the restaurant as others arrived. It took about three trips to bring door prizes and other giveaways into the restaurant.
G&M couldn't have been more hospitable. They gave us two long tables in the back dining room where we were away from the lunchtime crowd. As the gang arrived, their gifts were put on tables and chairs for distribution after lunch.
Jane and I had smiles on our faces as we met Wandering Jew, Meowzart and Mr. Meowzart, OC dreamer sporting an embroidered Roadfood polo shirt, Tarragon and daughter, Hungover Gourmet and his lovely wife
, Chumley and his lovely better half
, Baker's Boy with his lovely wife and their friends Chris and Tracie
(who promised to become a new roadfooder), Howard8 and his two very lovely assistants
, Argent, Kodi, Chez Katie's son and family, Seafarer John and the Missus, I95
, and more who I can't think of at this moment.
Two special guests also arrived. Margaret (Peggy) Engel, who co-authored the book Food Finds on which the Food Network show is based, is a longtime friend of Signman's and brought along some copies of her book, and Rob Kasper, food writer from The Baltimore Sun, joined the festivities.
After a period of mingling, introductory comments were given by Signman and The Mayor. After everyone ordered, each of us stood and introduced ourselves.
JaneDough ordered the single crabcake platter, which included one side and I went with the double crabcake platter, which was served with two sides (I chose cole slaw and french fries). Fresh rolls with butter were given to all who ordered a platter. The crabcakes were meaty, tender, done perfectly, and a bit larger than a softball cut in half. The cole slaw was freshly made and the fries were the type with some skin still on them-excellent! I saw a nice plate of overstuffed oysters enjoyed by one of the participants.
The crabcakes deserve the high regard and recognition that everyone seems to shower G&M with. No one ordered dessert as everyone was quite full from the portions served.
After our meals, the numerous doorprizes were distributed as every roadfooder in attendance had his or her name drawn from a bag at least twice. The giveaways ranged from food to wine to books (courtesy of Michael and Jane and Peggy Engler)to hickory wood from Al's estate perfect for smoking food.
At the risk of repeating myself, I had a great, great time with everyone and the restaurant choice was perfect.
Thank you very much Howard aka signman for doing a lot of the work including collecting from everyone to pay the bill!
Wandering Jew, kudos for the suggestion!