“I was never excited about it before, until I had a reason to do it,” said Jim Linsley, owner of Lindy’s Downtown Market. “We are cooking for the troops — that’s our theme.”


The first Lindy’s Downtown Market Eggfest is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 10 at “The Bunker” off of Summit Road in Sunnyland.


 

“I was never excited about it before, until I had a reason to do it,” said Jim Linsley, owner of Lindy’s Downtown Market. “We are cooking for the troops — that’s our theme.”

The first Lindy’s Downtown Market Eggfest is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 10 at “The Bunker” off of Summit Road in Sunnyland.

Don’t confuse the name with the product that will be available that day. The “Egg” in Eggfest refers to the means and not the end.

Cooks will be grilling, steaming, roasting and baking different foods on something known as the Big Green Egg.

“(Big Green Egg) owns 85 percent of the kamodo grill market,” Linsley said. “What makes it so special is the temperature control. You can cook, bake, grill and smoke food in it.”

The Big Green Egg looks exactly as it sounds and is based on an ancient oriental ceramic cooker. 

Of the more than 350 Eggs Linsley has sold at Lindy’s over the past two-and-a-half years, he said no one has ever brought one back asking for a say, ‘I love my Egg.’”

Once a year, the corporate headquarters allows its sellers to put on an Eggfest where the stores pre-sell the eggs, take them to a site, cook on them and then the buyers can pick up their purchased Egg after the event and in the process save some dough.

“It’s a used Egg, but they get a substantial discount (20 percent) for someone cooking on it once,” he said. “These Eggs are guaranteed for life, so one cooking isn’t really a big deal.”

While Linsley is obviously in the market to sell as many Eggs as possible, he said he wanted to hold an event that could teach people about the odd-looking grill, but also raise money for a cause. 

Staff eventually settled on the Wounded Warrior Project, which is an organization that raises money to help assimilate wounded service members back into society upon returning from duty.

For a $10 charge, people can come to the event and sample everything there as well as seasonable beer tasting from Miller and watch free cooking demonstrations on the Eggs.

“I didn’t want to put that money in my pocket,” Linsley said. “The thing is: who doesn’t support the troops? I have a passion for that as all of us do. We had a couple of kids who used to work for us that are over there now.”

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a serving of biscuits and gravy and progresses to some dishes such as ribs, pork butts, salmon, chicken wings and more. 

Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. with “Egging 101” and other classes include “Grilling the perfect steak” and “Pizzeria Perfection.”

There will also be a raffle drawing for one of Lindy’s large Big Green Eggs.

“It’s going to be a fun time,” Linsley said. “It’s something nobody has ever done before and with it also being right before 9/11 ... these are kids that three years ago I was yelling at to get to work and now they’re over there defending my freedom.”