Tumalo Feed Company's Cookout College Barbecue School To Be Held July 16, in Bend, Oregon

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Learn how to master the art of barbecuing at Central Oregon's famous Tumalo Feed Company, located in Bend, OR. This course will teach amateurs and seasoned grillers numerous tips of the trade to ensure your barbecue turns out perfect every time.

On Sunday, July 16, the owners of the renowned Tumalo Feed Company, in Bend, Oregon, will open up their barbecues and teach townsfolk how barbecuing is done “Tumalo style.”

This three-hour class is designed to teach amateurs and “seasoned” grillers the tips and skills necessary to host the perfect barbecue. Preregistration is required by contacting: http://www.tumalofeedcompany.com.

“The love of outdoor grilling is almost coded in our genetic DNA,” said co-owner John Bushnell, who along with his business partner, Robert Holley, started the Tumalo Feed Company more than 15 years ago. “We figure we’ve cooked about a half million steaks at the Feed Company since we opened in 1991. And, with our catering arm (which is primarily through their restaurant Niblick & Greene’s at Eagle Crest Resort) we’re constantly challenged to grill more interesting foods for larger groups. The Tumalo Cookout College is a way for us to connect with our customers, and share a lot of the things we’ve learned over the years.”

TFC’s Cookout College will teach students how to select and cut the right meats, grill preparation and temperature, what tools to use, how to season, and much more. Students will learn how to masterfully prepare and grill appetizers, beef, beer-can chicken, seafood, vegetables, and even dessert. As part of the class, participants will get to enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner, quite literally hot off the grill.

“We thought it would be fun to have a class for fellow barbecue lovers to learn some special tools of the trade and have a good time,” said co-owner Robert Holley, who has more than 30 years experience working in the restaurant industry. “Over the years, we’ve found that barbecuing is really an art form. When most people think about setting up an outdoor grill and barbecuing they traditionally think about steak or chicken. However, there is a whole other world of possibilities, including seafood, vegetables and even dessert. We have numerous tips and shortcuts to ensure that your meal turns out perfectly every time.”

Bushnell added, “We always laugh when we do a barbecue for a wedding or an event because there’s always a cluster of at least eight people at any one time hovering around the barbecue. It’s almost like…..go through the reception line, go get a drink, go hang out by the barbecue. If you want to make sure you have a chance to chat with everyone at the party, just go stand by the barbecue, and eventually, they’ll come to you.”

The Cookout College Barbecue School will be held in the outdoor dining area of the Tumalo Feed Company – located at 64619 W. Hwy 20 in Tumalo – from 4 to 7 p.m. Class costs are $85 per person or $150 per couple. It includes a full dinner and dessert, drink coupon, and diploma. Gift certificates are available. In fact, it’s the perfect gift for any barbecue enthusiast.

Pre-registration is required as only 40 spots are available. More information can be found online at http://www.tumalofeedcompany.com.

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