This is a story about two guys brought together by the love of music and mega fan devotion for The Grateful Dead, one of America's all time iconic rock n roll bands and the unexpected catalyst for this new R U-Grateful movement!

The destination was Chicago, IL from July 1-6, 2015 to take in the band's final tour and shows all while wanting to raise $25,000 by Oct. 1/15 for five new "Vital Sign Monitors" for CHEO's dialysis unit in Canada's Capital.

This road trip, in a truck called “The Enterprise” is a story of what true passion can create when we strive to pay it forward, engage with fellow human beings and simply share gratitude and gratefulness with the world at large!

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This story began back in the summer of 2002 when I was introduced to The Kamado cooker. I had an epiphany when I tasted my first steak off the unusual yet simple device. Coming from a business background and having an appreciation for delicious food I knew instinctively at that moment that both my personal and business lives were about to change forever.

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  • The Grateful Griller catered our rehearsal dinner and we couldn't have asked for anything better. Michael breathes life into the food that he cooks and the atmosphere he creates. He balances professionalism and playfulness and I couldn't have asked for anyone more perfect to share and be a part of this memorable evening with us.

    Nina Gorka
  • As for Griller, what a meal. The salmon was unreal and bacon wrapped pickles were a revelation. His focus on keeping things fresh and local, as well for his passion for what he does really came out in his dishes. I hope I get to enjoy his food again one day. Love you all very much and can't wait until the next one! A+

    Philippe (Guest) - Rochefort Party
  • As for the Grateful Griller? Couldn't have been more impressed!!! I live in Manhattan, and am no stranger to great meals- everything Michael Shannon a.k.a.

    Meghan Miller (Guest) - Rochefort Party
  • From the beginning of the evening to the very end, there was a constant attention to detail and gracious engagement and interest from both Michael and Chris. The clean up and take down was very thorough and smooth. We’d had a great evening and celebration. What a way to have a party!

    Wendy Duffy & Family
  • We had the wonderful pleasure of having the Grateful Griller complete our son’s wedding brunch. Hosting close to 80 people with total confidence and total success ….. His food, as well as his service and how personable were all much discussed. We were beyond pleased and certainly impressed with the whole team and convenience with which he provided us with a delectable menu unique to the Ottawa/Wakefield area

    The Pytlak Family
  • The whole wedding took place outdoors and Mike and his team easily adapted to that. They provided their own ice, everything. They made my day, as the bride, completely stress free and when I looked around all I saw was my family and friends enjoying company and great food. I really couldn't have been happier.

    Stephanie & James Connolly


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