Man Meats Grill… At Sixth & I

Note:  This event is now on August 12 (it rained on original day).

On Sunday, July 15, at 5:00 PM, Sixth & I will host an interactive grilling seminar for men in their 20s and 30s.  To learn more about the event, I threw a few questions to Aaron Weintraub, Director of Live Entertainment Programming at Sixth & I.  Click here to buy your tickets.

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SR:  “Man Meats Grill” …  Sounds tasty, but what’s it all about?

AW:  Our Men’s Room (programming series for men in their 20s and 30s) committee got together and thought “What better for a summer event than an interactive grilling session?”  Wagshal’s Foods quickly came to mind as a great group to partner with on the event — they are considered one of the area’s premier butchers. We reached out to see what our kosher options (the event will be strictly kosher) were with them, and found that logistically we could make it happen. We knew we had to secure Pam Ginsberg, one of DC’s best known butchers, so we found a day that worked for her and Brian Fuchs (SR: check out the landing page on his website — it’s awesome) to come down and lead a tutored event.

SR:  I’m not joking when I say I’ve never grilled or cooked anything in my life.  Is this event out of my league?  Will I make a complete fool of myself (something I do on a regular basis, so it won’t matter too much)?  Will I slice off one of my fingers?  Or is this for complete beginners too?

AW:  Definitely not out of your league! This is open to any and all grill-skill levels. Pam and Brian will work with each and every attendee to challenge them to create a great steak/ burger. We’re only giving Pam and Brian the big metal knife, so unless you’re creative, it’ll be hard to slice off any fingers with plastic utensils.

SR:  Don’t put it past me …

SR:  You’ll be grilling with Kosher meat.  Kosher meat vs. non-kosher meat, can you tell a difference in taste?  If so, which do you think tastes better?

AW:  That’s a great question and one that I’m interested to hear it answered by Pam and Brian. You’ll have to come to find out!

SR:  This event is part of the Men’s Room programming series.  Can you tell me more about that?  I mostly prefer watching movies with Meg Ryan, but I’m all about watching football games at bars.  Does any of that happen with the Men’s Room?

AW:  The Men’s Room began a little less than a year ago after we saw how successful our Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood (programming series for women in their 20s and 30s) events were. To be honest, I was skeptical at first with how interested guys would be to come to men-only events, but after playing with the idea for a little while we decided to run with it and so far we’ve been very pleased with the response. Our first event, called “The Art of Whiskey,” was a tutored tasting with a local distillery (Copper Fox), which sold out in advance. Our second event was Bracketology 101, an event featuring two local sports journalists/ bloggers (The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg, and sports blogger Ben Standig), which analyzed the NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket, gave helpful tips to win your pool.  We also received great feedback from this event.  The goal of these events is to give young professional men an opportunity to meet, network, and enjoy common interests together.  It’s just another micro-community within the larger Sixth & I one.  We know women would be interested in many of the events we have, but I always tell them that as long as these are successful, we’re willing to try them again on a larger scale open to everyone.  New event ideas are always welcome, so feel free to email me – aweintraub@sixthandi.org.

We hope to see you this Sunday… tickets are still available but are going fast!