By Louise Bolger
Glenn and Charlotte Corder
show one of the grills available at their store.
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
sun staff writer
Ever since man discovered fire, food has been cooked over
an open flame. Well, there are open flames and there are open
flames, and the Island Grill Store can show you ways to cook
food that our ancestors never dreamed of.
Charlotte and Glenn Corder opened the Island Grill store on
Dec. 13, 2004, in the S & S Plaza in Holmes Beach. Both
long term Island residents, the Corders searched for a local
business they could operate together as well as providing
Island residents with grills and grilling supplies right in
their own backyard. A year later, their store is filled to
capacity, with more products still to be added.
They carry Green Egg Ceramic charcoal grills, which are also
smokers, in different sizes, set in tables with preparation
areas or stand alone; Weber charcoal and stainless steel gas
grills; fish and turkey fryers; Primo ceramic grills and a
just-arrived fire pit that can also be used for grilling.
The price of the grill also includes assembly, delivery and
either a 20 pound bottle of gas or bag of charcoal. The Corders
offer service the large retailers dont and are happy
to special order items they dont have in stock.
If youre already set with a grill, the Island Grill
Store can outfit that grill with everything from grilling
planks, smoker boxes, chimney starters, lighters, cutlery,
skewers and a poultry roaster to take the place of the beer
can. You can also purchase rubs, sauces, smoking chips and
charcoal, aprons, pot holders and smoker bags which can also
be used in your oven.
The Corders maintain a small library of books related to grilling.
Check out the Al Roeker book and cutting boards. Very soon
they plan on marketing custom outdoor kitchens which are very
popular in California and are just starting to catch on in
Florida. Glen Corder also captains his charter fishing boat
Reel Fast out of Anna Maria, so he can offer lots of advice
on how to best snag and grill the catch of the day. And for
the holidays, The Island Grill Store is jammed packed with
great gift giving ideas from little stocking stuffers on up.
Its hard to believe that millions of years later were
still cooking over an open flame. I guess it just tastes so
darn good, our forebears sure knew something.
Name: Island Grill Store
Address: S & S Plaza, 5350 Gulf Drive,
Telephone: (941) 779-9594
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.