Despite the cold weather, five of the contestants in Top Chef 6 gathered in a parking lot in downtown ATL to engage in a little tailgate festivity before the Falcons v. Eagles game at the Georgia Dome. According to Eli, this mini-reunion had been planned since last June. Tailgates are all about food and friends. It's obvious that the Top Chef alum really enjoy each other's company, and Eli and company chose Community Q to provide a BBQ spread for the pre-game. Jim Laber and I showed up (without David Roberts who had cooked every last morsel of this delicious food but had to stay behind to run Community Q) with a full spread of pulled pork, brisket, chicken, ribs, cole slaw, mac-and-cheese, brunswick stew, and beans. Eli and his way-too-awesome parents provided the Pabst Blue Ribbon and some great stories. I'm very happy to say that everyone loved the BBQ and had a great time. It was a great day for Community Q. As far as Top Chef gossip goes, I was very jealous to learn that the Top Chef crew had done a culinary tour de force of Atlanta restaurants the night before, including Pricci, Eno (Eli), Pura Vida (Hector), and Woodfire Grill (Kevin), and Holeman & Finch. Past that, I've got no gossip for you. We hung out, drank PBR, and ate delicious BBQ. Good times and good people.