Jen Barnett started out by cooking competition ribs in Texas. In doing so she discovered many of the tangy, tasty secrets that we all adore when eating really good BBQ. Those little details that make ribs fall apart and that make us lick our fingers after sucking every scrap of meat off the bone. Add to that her ability to turn a simple potato into a dish that fills you right up to the top. Fresh homestyle ranch and bacon is involved. A counterpoint of crispy coleslaw brings you right back down to earth.
The decision to start offering these delights at Beer:30 (a local beer growler fill here in Corvallis) was a stroke of genius. The quality of her food combined with a huge range of craft beer choices really gave the southern part of our city a perk that was until now, only known at backyard bbq fests, and sometimes the ribs didn't always stand up to the hype.
We need more of this. We need much more encouragement of local talent like Jen's. Many people know how to do really good things. Whether it's cooking, welding, yard design, computer repair, or writing and art. We need to encourage the people who can fill the niche that we are looking for. So many people in our communities are overlooked because they don't fit out view of what they SHOULD be. Not everyone has to be blue collar labor or take a job in customer service to be useful. We don't all have to stand in the unemployment office waiting for yet another uncomfortable interview for which we already know we'll be rejected.
Want to "Make America Great Again" ? Stop looking around for the solutions that are shoved in your face. Start encouraging people in your community to do what they are good at. If you have the ability to provide an opportunity for someone who really wants a chance, make it happen. We will all thank you for it.
And don't forget to stop in at Beer:30 on Sunday April 23 for ribs. Because they won't last. I guarantee it.