Hearth Patio and Barbecue Expo 2019: Destination Dallas, Texas

Go BIG. Then go home! That was my mission this past March as I traveled for the first time to the HPBExpo in Dallas, Texas. And, what an entirely incredible experience – a destination event for those fueled by the flames of live fire cooking and outdoor lifestyle!

The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) is an international non-profit trade association representing the interests of the hearth products industry in North America, and has done so for nearly 40 years. The association includes distributors, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, retailers, service and installation firms, and other associating companies. Members of the HPBA manufacture, import, distribute, sell, service, and represent products that include:

  • Factory-built fireplaces, gas logs, inserts, and hearth accessories
  • Wood, pellet, coal, gas and electric stoves
  • Barbecues, grills, ovens, smokers and outdoor cooking accessories
  • Patio furniture and outdoor lifestyle accessories

HPBExpo was on my culinary bucket list for several reasons, but this year I made it a point to attend, as we are beginning construction on our brand new outdoor kitchen and entertainment space. At the event I was able to get hands on with the industry’s finest barbecue, grilling and smoking equipment, while connecting with new and old friends, brands on the forefront of the industry, and shake hands and learn from titans of the association, like Dante Cantel and Brian Eskew of Twin Eagles Grills – I’m so dang proud to be working with these gentlemen and the Twin Eagles family as I build out my backyard kitchen and outdoor entertainment space.

From this event I directly connected with the most knowledgeable of folks in the design, engineering, and manufacturing business, while also getting a feel for the products and gathering introductions to trusted dealers in my marketplace, who seamlessly align product to design and installation. So critical to leverage local experts and specialists when constructing an outdoor entertainment space.

Via the HPBExpo and folks at Twin Eagles Grills I was introduced to local dealer and design specialist, Mike Smalligan, of Fireplace Gallery in Nunica, Michigan. After meeting, consulting with and reviewing Mike’s resume of work – I have complete confidence in him to be a key partner on this job. They will tag team with my builder, Brian Martin of Prime Homes, to help design our brand new outdoor kitchen space – Complete with wood fire pizza oven, breathtaking Twin Eagles Grills products, and all anchored with a stone bonfire pit nestled near the wooded area of our backyard. I may never go inside again!!

Very excited to get started on this project in the weeks ahead and greatly appreciate the collaboration of industry expertise to creatively guide the project and see through construction of the space that will be home to our family birthdays, bonfires with the best of friends and long holiday weekend over the barbecue. -Cheers, David

Innovation and Inspiration on Fire | Partnership Announcement: Twin Eagles and Chef David W Olson

I couldn’t be more excited for 2019, to share a world of grand culinary adventure and the opportunity to partner along this journey with my very good friends at Twin Eagles!

Later this spring and for years to come my family will barbecue over handcrafted, commercial-grade stainless steel and raging infernos of smoky hardwoods in our newly-constructed, fire-breathing outdoor kitchen fueled by Twin Eagles. Innovatively-designed with the gourmet chef in mind, meticulously-engineered and handcrafted to breathtaking perfection, this 42” state-of-the-art grill is quite literally the barbecue of my dreams.

The announcement of this partnership with Twin Eagles is uniquely special as our backyard entertainment space and outdoor kitchen will be the future centerpiece of intimate meals prepared for family, friends and loved ones. Around this grill will be a place of gathering for holiday celebrations, long summer weekends and culinary collaborations alongside peer chefs, grill and pit masters alike. This is where stories will be told, laughs shared, and memories made for a lifetime.

Over the last 10 years of reading this blog, you know how important transparency has been in both my work and writing – And, as you read below I’d like to offer my thoughts as to why I feel so strongly about Twin Eagles and why their line of appliances, grills and smokers will always find a warm and welcome home in my outdoor kitchen.

Candidly speaking, I was first to reach out to Twin Eagles about the prospect of partnership. As a chef who has traveled the globe cooking from the most inspirational of restaurant kitchens to rustic of backwoods barbecues, I have learned that not all cooking appliances are created equal. I aspired to partner with an organization that not only represented the finest of American design and manufacturing, but a brand that shared in my passions for the culinary arts, live fire cooking and the best of outdoor lifestyle. While no partnership of this kind could be more closely aligned, above all my confidence was confirmed as I had the opportunity to develop relationships over the last year with the honest and hardworking, salt-of-the-earth people behind the brand. This is the product and these are the people I’m proud to work alongside!

For a matter of historical perspective, nearly three decades ago in Cerritos, California, Dante Cantal, an entrepreneurial icon of the industry and a globally-recognized gas engineer, founded Twin Eagles upon the deeply-rooted values of independence, vision and strength – the primary traits of our nation’s greatest bird of prey, the Bald Eagle. From concept to construction Twin Eagles entire product line is made right here in the USA, featuring the highest standards of craftsmanship that seamlessly weld together design and durability, form and function, precision and performance. But, above all, Twin Eagles’ defining differentiator is the nearly 100 team members who proudly-called this family business their professional home and best embody the enduring characteristics of the noble eagle.

Today, industry experts recognize Twin Eagles’ rich history of strong business leadership, successful implementation of cutting-edge innovation, industry-first technologies, and creative marketing strategies that support the finest luxury cooking appliances assembled from sea to shining sea.

From a core performance perspective, Twin Eagle’s robust 5-part grilling system is what separates the brand from all other premium marketplace competitors. The synergistic sum of it’s parts yield a grill that preheats quicker, achieves higher temperatures, distributes conductive, convective and infrared energy more evenly, all while using less gas and offering complete control in each grilling zone. Sounds like a winning formula, right?

Additionally, among my favorite standard features of the Twin Eagles Grill, include:

  • 14-gauge 304-grade stainless steel burners pumping over 900 degrees of raw firepower to the cooking surface.
  • 3/8-inch heavy-duty hexagonal cooking grates that retain and transfer intense heat.
  • Interchangeable infrared ceramic briquette and charcoal tray accessories to accommodate for the simplicity of weeknight convenience or a classic slow-cook over a long weekend afternoon.
  • Hood assist mechanism that makes for easy opening and closing of the cooking chamber.
  • Internal lighting system that sheds a new sense of visibility upon of nighttime grilling.
  • And, a concealed chain-driven rotisserie that holds the turning capacity to manage even the largest of live fire feasts.
  • Limited lifetime warranty on all stainless steel burners, hexagonal grates, and fabricated stainless steel components. Five-year and one-year warranties cover additional product parts!

Twin Eagles is truly Innovation and Inspiration on Fire™! And, I simply cannot wait to offer you an invitation to share in my experience working alongside Twin Eagles over the course of the year ahead – from behind-the-scenes access through the installation of our family’s outdoor kitchen, to connecting directly over Instagram Live while touring Twin Eagles’ California manufacturing facility, to possibly joining me in-person for a privately-hosted live fire cookout, to enjoying a selection of aspirational recipes worthy of the finest grilling appliance on God’s green earth. – Cheers, David