The Life of the Winter Party: Your Grill

January 02, 2013
Wall Street Journal

More Winter Barbecuing Prompts a Year-Round Retail Market

By Anne Marie Chaker

More outdoor cooking enthusiasts are taking the winter barbecue challenge—adjusting their regular barbecue routine to take winter grilling from a sometimes-madcap chore to an upscale entertaining experience.

Gas grills made winter grilling practical, and the recent emphasis on indoor-outdoor home design is leading to more experiments with winter parties thrown in part on decks and patios. The winter barbecue is an opportunity for guests to revel with cocktails in the bracing beauty of a winter night and then head inside for the cozy comfort of winter char...

Successful grilling in winter takes more planning than in summer... Wear shoes or boots that are easy to put on and take off as you toggle between inside and out. Russ Faulk, vice president of marketing and design for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, which designs high-end outdoor grills and kitchen equipment, says his trendy UGGs fill this need. "I hate to admit it," he says. "Mine look like a pair of loafers. They're not little booties."

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