The answer to the Barred Owl's question, for the Fall 2012 trip anyway...is Jim and Phil. They both turn 50 within a few weeks of our November weekend and like a couple of old bull moose they have kicked young Rob to the side and are taking charge of the kitchen, from prep through Big Daddy.
Should be a great team, although Phil has lost a whole bunch of weight since the last trip which we're not that happy about. Nobody wants a skinny cook, and who's going to hand out the big bear hugs after the brown liquor has been passed around and Vandy beats Kentucky? But those Mexican steaks he cooked in the rain and under fire on Big Swan Creek were damn good.
The cook's meeting was postponed by a couple of weeks so we'll post the menu when we get it.