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Many people have asked me in the last week or so if I achieved my “vacation goal” of learning how to grill. The answer is a little bit. I now know to turn on that large grey mystery machine. As for having Bobby Flay come over, that may require a tad more practice.

How did I advance even this far you ask? Last Sunday, I held a grilling class for women only in my backyard. The instructor was my husband. You too could create a similar class.

Here’s how:

1.) Find someone on Long Beach Island who knows how to grill to be your instructor. (Note: it is important they have a grill or you have one they can use or you won’t get very far!) Lots of people on LBI seem to be excellent grillers, so this shouldn’t present much of a problem. You could just walk down the street at dinner time and follow your nose.

2.) Ask some of your female LBI neighbors, family members, roommates and friends if they want to attend your class. Beware, some ladies may turn your invitation down. Do not be alarmed. The most common response I heard was “I don’t want to know how to grill – that’s the one time I am not stuck with the cooking.” That is a very fair point. However, there are times that it would be handy for when you are home alone and don’t want to mess up the kitchen or you really need that hot dog. That line of reasoning really hooked them in! Plus, several admitted to not telling their male counterparts where they were last Sunday at 5:00 pm.

3.) Once you have a few guests signed up, consult with your instructor on the menu. You should personally purchase these items. I found that the instructor really prefers not to be bothered by this step. We had the following:
- Clams
- Whole chicken (tip: Oakies in Surf City will butterfly it for you)
- Steak

4.) Ensure you have some good ingredients on hand for seasoning during class. We had a few fresh herbs, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, freshly ground pepper and Kosher salt. Again, check with your instructor as what items are needed.

5.) Set the agenda for the class. I wrote the following on a chalkboard:
GRILLING 101
— “Meat” your instructor and classmates (this is where you go around the room and everyone admits they have no idea how to grill, although we did have one advanced student who snuck in)
— Seasoning/marinade discussion
— Grill demo (obviously this is where the class moves outside)
— EAT!
— Wrap-up discussion (I don’t think this really happened, but it seemed a very scholastic thing to write)

I did have pretzels, chips and beer on hand thinking the class would have a masculine feel to it, but nope – the ladies brought wine! Therefore, no need to go overboard with tons of beer.

In reality, I think I probably need to go to a Grilling 102 class, but this was a solid first step. Mix up your summer. Give throwing a grilling lesson party a try, it was a fun way to “heat up” the summer.

- by Beth Foster deTuro
Beth Foster deTuro believes Long Beach Island is the best little sand bar in the whole world. Passionate about clams on the half shell, sailing on Barnegat Bay and taking long naps on the beach are just a few of her favorite Island activities. When is she not busy staring at the ocean she can be found pulling weeds at her cottage in Harvey Cedars.

the ladies of the grill