I think this is a TERRIFIC idea. Themes will help focus creativity while suggesting the infinite possibilities for iconic foods ranging from steaks to ribs, from pizzas to desserts on the grill; from Mexican to Thai to Texan. I think that once a month is the right frequency: it gives us time to consider the options, plan menus, fire up our grills and take photos. I suggest we start June 1 and if you like, we could start with one dish that almost all of us grill often: steak. I'll join to the extent that my travel schedule permits. Let's refine the idea through your posts and draw up a list of themes based on your suggestions. Perhaps our new community manager, Christine, can help put the suggestions together. Finally, I agree--this should be cooperative and coeducational, not competitive. I'm psyched!
I could myself start with steak, too, though for personal reasons I'd like to start Hawaiian-- not necessarily that everyone dig up a Hawaiian recipe, but rather that one incorporates ingredients within the cookout that speak of Hawaii. Incidentally, we could, if so desired, run a concurrent theme thread with the "Food of the Month." For example, June happens to be "Turkey Lover's Month." Found this neat little resource on Wikipedia (Just a thought):http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_food_months
That all leads me to this thought-- Perhaps it might behoove us in order to insure the greatest participation to field a few suggestions, and if we were to go for a June 1 launch, to conduct a real quick poll for which is most popular. Again, just an idea. Canada and I were even talking about the new polling possibilities. Or of course, if you wanted to decide the coarse Steven... your forum.
Whatever gets decided, I'm excited too about our hoped for Block Parties!