Sunday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 1 is national Meat Week.
Each night this week in several cities across the country, organized groups of carnivorous consumers will gather at pre-selected favorite BBQ spots for conversation and their favorite red meat dishes. They "meet up" and organize through the official Meat Week Web site Meatweekisreal.com.
It's not a celebration cooked up by some big processor's marketing department, or the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. In true grassroots-Internet fashion, it started in 2005 with a couple of individual consumers, Chris Cantey and Erni Walker in Tallahassee, Fla. One semi-organized gathering of friends at a BBQ joint took off as an annual celebration, with "Meat Week" chapters in such cities as L.A., Boston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., New York and Kansas City.