Who am I (the short version): First and foremost, my name is Dave VanderWekke and I am a Foodie. As long as I can remember, I have loved good food. While I wasn’t always adventurous, I think this changed as an adult. I have always been interested in Cooking, Barbecuing and Smoking. For me, it’s not only the results but I enjoy learning the process, techniques and the science behind it. I also love dining and entertaining. I love to put on a suit and head out for a nice elegant dining experience. You will find I often spend time learning about a restaurant I want to try, it’s history, it’s style and it’s beliefs. I learn about the Chef, where he or she was trained, we’re they’ve gained their experience and their favorite techniques. To me, this is part of the experience. I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, firing up my smoker come grilling season and entertaining guests with my creations. I think for me, the adventure and the experience are very important but it does certainly revolve around food.
Who am I (the TMI version): I am an engineer by training. My parents say they found me always taking things apart as a kid to see how they worked. Definitely a curiosity to the extreme. I often say, I’ve been breaking warranties since 1969. My formal training was as an Electronic Engineer and eventually I drifted into Web Design and Graphic Arts and eventually to Software Design which is where I make my living today as a Software engineer. I’ve worked for small mom & pop companies and also for large companies like IBM throughout my varied career.
I am a hobbyist gamer and do play my Xbox as a way to unwind and relax. I am very much into robotics, artificial intelligence and home automation as a hobby and do tinker in my spare time. I’m also a life long MOPAR guy and a car nut. I have a 2011 Toxic Orange Challenger SRT8 that I love to drive. It’s great for those weekend adventures wandering in upstate New York.
I also consider myself an amateur BBQ Pit-Master. My love of BBQ as a 20 year hobby often has me making BBQ sauces, Rubs and Hot Sauces. I’ve considered turning it into a business but for now, it’s going to remain a fun hobby.