Grilling With the Governor was a success! After a month of planning, guests arrived at the historic Alabama Governor's Mansion for a hot dog cook-out. Although storms prevented everyone from enjoying the outdoors, they were accommodated inside the house with tables topped with quilts, wildflowers, and candles. The dining room table was used as a buffet and showcased some of Alabama's best products. Zeigler donated hot dogs, and Conecuh Sausage Company donated sausages. The King's Table catering provided buns, Golden Flake donated individual bags of chips, Dreamland BBQ gave their slaw, and Jim 'N Nick's delivered baked beans. There was also a dessert bar that featured Blue Bell Ice Cream, Bud's Best Cookies, and toppings from Winn Dixie.
Governor Bentley was responsible for grilling but he finished in time to greet all of his guests alongside Mrs. Bentley. Karren Pell and her band provided entertainment and door prizes were given away.
It was a special evening and one that the Bentley's hope to recreate in the future. They thoroughly enjoyed hosting the public and reminding them that although they do live in the Governor's Mansion it is the "people's house."
This event was sponsored by the Friends of the Alabama Governor's Mansion.