Thursday, May 6, 2010
Santa Maria BBQ goes to Washington D.C.
Back in 1981,during the era of our great President Ronald Reagan, the Reagans and his administration feasted on West Coast BBQ. That's right Santa Maria Style BBQ made it to the steps of the White House. Actually, many BBQ's took place from 1981-1988 thanks to Santa Ynez valley BBQ chef Bob Herdman and friends.
As many of you know, the Reagans lived on a ranch located in the beautiful Santa Yzen valley, and due to President Reagans good works had many fans there. One of the first BBQ's was a $1000-a-plate campaign event, prior to him being elected President of the United States. This BBQ was held right there at Rancho Cielo, the Reagans estate in Santa Yzen.
Featured in the LA Times and the Santa Maria Times on September 23, 1981 an official Central Coast BBQ took place on the East lawn of the White House. The team fed over 600 guests, all being Congressional Delegates from California and Texas. The Central Coast team shipped over 450lbs of dry-aged New York Beef Strips and the BBQ pit across country at NO expense to the tax payers. The team included 6 BBQ chefs and their wives, everyone paying their own way.
Then in March of 1982, the Reagans once again enjoyed Santa Maria BBQ,this time with Merle Haggard. Wish I could have been there to experience that. On September 3, 1982another BBQ was held for the White House Press "CORPS", not to be confused with "Corpse" at the San Marcos ranch in Santa Yzen.
September 30, 1982 they were back serving the Congress at the White House.
August 27, 1983 a BBQ was held at Fess Park Estate in Santa Barbara.
September 24, 1983 The White House
July 1,1984 The White House
And so on and so forth, I think you get the picture. They went on to do several more BBQ's for the White House. Showing that Santa Maria Style BBQ does have it's Presidential roots. The President would praise the find folks of the Central Coast for their great BBQ and their homage to tradition.
So, ya see folks, this BBQ, Santa Maria BBQ, is truly Presidential!
Make sure to visit the Central Coast and experience it first hand for yourself. Visit The Hitching Post, Jockos, The Far Western, and many other restaurants who carry on the tradition to this day. Or order this type of BBQ on line and have it shipped to you, from places like BBQ2You, or Harris Ranch.