Ambassador of the month

Mary Cressler

Meet The Ambassadors

Meet Mary Cressler, writer, recipe developer, photographer for Vindulge and Co-Founder of Ember & Vine Catering

“There’s nothing more fulfilling than cooking for family and friends, and being in a comfortable setting outside is the ultimate way to bring people together. The Pacific Northwest is filled with regional bounty, from berries and mushrooms to local ranchers, and we want to share all of it. We love pushing others to think creatively about what can be grilled or smoked and to highlight seasonal and regional ingredients and believe that anything you can cook inside on your stove top or oven can be cooked outside on the grill or smoker, and it’s a lot more interesting (and a lot more fun!).” – Mary Cressler

Try Mary’s recipe for Cranberry and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms.

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Steven Raichlen, Back to Barbecue Day

Meet Steven Raichlen, expert griller, author, TV host and official #WhyIGrill Ambassador for #BacktoBarbecue Day.…


Brad Prose

Brad Prose is a professional recipe developer, food writer and culinary photographer. He is the founder and force behind Chiles and Smoke, a website dedicated to inspiring readers to use new flavor combinations, techniques and ingredients when grilling or smoking. His combined passion for fine dining and BBQ shines through his presentations and cooking style.

Who is HPBA?

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), represents and provides professional member services and industry support, for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms, and allied associates for all types of fireplace, stove, heater, barbecue and outdoor living appliances and accessories. Learn More

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