BBQ News Bite: Jake Adam York Passes Away

By: Richard Wachtel
Published: December 18, 2012
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The world lost an important teacher, poet and excellent, barbecue-loving soul this weekend in the form of Jake Adam York. He passed away at the age of 40 from the effects of a massive stroke, and we can’t help but think about having heard him read his stunning work in person this past October at the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.

Poet Jake Adam York
He performed the poems (embedded above) at the event. They’re mostly about barbecue, and the time you spend listening to them will be a few of the most sublime moments you spend all day.

“We need poems, like we need barbecue, as occasions to invite grace into our lives,” said York. Here’s your chance to open the door.


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Born and raised in Long Island, New York Richard Wachtel has developed a passion for all things about barbecue and grilling and sharing this love with the world through social media, digital marketing and blogging about his cooking adventures on his website Richard has interviewed the top names in barbecue and grilling such as four-time BBQ Grand World Champion Chris Lilly, and other world class pitmasters such as Myron Mixon, Melissa Cookston, and Tuffy Stone... just to name a few. In addition, has become a BBQ authority for media outlets and has been citied in many online publications such as: Yahoo News, Freinds and USA Today’s Men’s Health. Rich lives just outside the nation's capital in Virginia with his wife, and #1 tastetester - his beagle, Cooper.
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