On Saturday evening, August 12th, we attended the Gemeny BBQ (put on by Gemeny Winery and Vineyards) here in Brandywine, Prince George’s County. We drove there from Romano Vineyard and Winery via the brand-new Mattawoman Creek Bridge on Cedarville Road, which had opened just a few weeks before. As members of Romano’s wine club, we had been there to pick-up our quarterly allotment of three bottles of wine.
Despite the heat and humidity, there was a good-sized crowd of perhaps 75 – 100 people at Gemeny for the wine, food, and music. The parking lot was very full. Most of the people were gathered in the wine-making room. It was set-up with chairs and long tables, with an area for the Dr. Robert Band to play. Out behind the wine-making room on a patio were more tables-and-chairs with umbrellas. Nearby, the BBQ smoker was busy cranking out the food.
Smokers Delight BBQ
The Gemeny BBQ food was prepared by Smokers Delight BBQ and Catering, LLC, owned by Brian Israel of Indian Head, Charles County. They offered three main dishes: barbecued ribs or chicken, and fried fish. With your main, you got to choose two of three available side-dishes: green beans, baked beans, and macaroni & cheese.
While my wife, Cindy, went to get a bottle of Gemeny’s Cabernet Sauvignon, I got in line to place our food order: ribs with green beans and mac & cheese for Cindy, and fish with baked beans and mac & cheese for me. After a brief wait, our food was ready. Cindy met me at a nearby picnic table, where we enjoyed our meal.
The fish and baked beans were outstanding. The ribs were good, but given a choice, I still prefer those from Texas 202 Barbeque of Maryland. Also, although Cabernet Sauvignon is one of my all-time favorite wines, I tend to think more of beer and barbecue; but, I have to say, it wasn’t a bad combination at all.
Dr. Robert Band
The band is named for the song “Doctor Robert” from the Beatles’ album Revolver (the UK version, not the US version). Members include Ray Hume, Steve Cool, and Bill Hocker. They play classic rock from the 1960s through the 1980s. On this evening, we enjoyed a lot of blue-eyed soul. Cindy said it made her feel like playing the soundtrack to The Commitments when we got home.
Their vocals were quite good, but using a drum machine limited the effectiveness of certain tunes. They played “Knock on Wood,” known for its rimshot drum break between the words “knock” rap, rap, rap, rap, rap “on wood,” which they couldn’t reproduce. But for just three guys, they had a good sound. The folks dancing sure weren’t complaining.
Gemeny BBQ Conclusion
I think it’s pretty fair to say that everyone there had a good time. Yes, even Ember the smiling husky, who was hanging out at the table next to us. Good food, drink, music, folks, and pets — it felt like a neighborhood party. And no cover charge!
Gemeny has a website, but they seem to mainly use their Facebook page to announce upcoming events. So, follow them there and keep an eye out for upcoming functions. If you can join them here in Brandywine, you’ll probably have a good time. ♦