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The opening night of Meat Week apparently surpassed the local organizer’s expectations, which perhaps wasn’t hard, since they hovered somewhere near rock bottom. But 24 people showed up last night at Urban Bar-B-Que, which stayed open late to handle all the carnivores.

“I was really impressed at the way Urban Bar-B-Que stepped up to handle our mob of two dozen Meat Weekers,” e-mails organizer and Capital Spice‘s Mike Bober.

“This was definitely the right way to kick things off, and it bodes well for the rest of our get-togethers,” he adds. “People are really excited about the Pork Barrel BBQ event on Wednesday night and they’re ready to brave the cold to sample Mr. P’s ribs in the Safeway parking lot on Saturday.”

Remember, Meat Week goes ’til Saturday. Tonight’s meat and greet is at Rocklands in Glover Park. The full schedule is here.

Photo illustration by Brooke Hatfield