Lughnasadh is one of the four main celebrations of the pre-Chistian Gaelic nations (Ireland, Scotland, et al) and signaled the beginning of harvest. It was a time of community gatherings, festivals, athletic competitions, and reunions with distant family and friends. In other words, tailgating.
In all civilized parts of the world August means football season is just a month away. In preparation for this I have been working on a 15-part series on tailgating in the South for Current (a weekly lifestyle magazine). Once the season starts they will be sending me to some games to taste the festivities first hand.
Unfortunately, this means I must take a sabbatical from my chef demonstrations for a few months. My last personal appearance with Chef Team is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Before my tenure is up I hope to have some video from the demos.
I have taped three new webisodes of the Everyday Gourmet for broadcast at youtube.com, the first of which should be uploaded in the next day or so.