All Fired Up!

Laura Porter, 32

Business Owner – Interior Design

Laura Porter
Laura Porter

Beef, Chicken or Veggies? All. One of my favorite dinners to BBQ is tri-tip with grilled artichokes.
Charcoal or Gas? I love the smoky flavor of charcoal but gas is more convenient.
Beer or Wine? Depends on my mood, but a glass of chardonnay is my drink of choice.
Pool, Patio or Tailgate? Definitely patio. Nothing beats a great dinner outside on a beautiful evening.
To be the host or be hosted? Whether hosting or being hosted, when with friends it’s always a good time.
Your go-to side dish to bring? One of my personal favorites, lemon risotto with mushrooms and pine nuts.
Do you follow a family recipe or MacGyver it? I treasure my family recipes but love experimenting in the kitchen.
What’s the secret to your secret sauce? Everything is better with lemon!
3 words to describe your dance moves: Um…. No rhythm.
Craziest place you’ve ever been kissed? I never kiss and tell.
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram. I still don’t get Snapchat.
Musical instrument you played as a kid? Briefly guitar until my instructor told me to find a new hobby.
You’re looking to embark upon a thrilling adventure in Kern County. Where do you go/what do you do? I have never been but have always wanted to go skydiving.
Name something from your bucket list: Taking a cooking course in Italy.
What or who inspires you to be a better person? My little sister, Chloe, who’s smile and laughter brightens everyone’s day, reminds me to let go of unneeded stress and enjoy the small things in life.
Favorite local charity or non-profit event? I cherish the opportunities and friendships I have gained while working with the Junior League of Bakersfield. The Wounded Heroes Fund’s Salute to Our Local Heroes is my favorite local event.
One thing you couldn’t live without? My family. I am born and raised in Bakersfield and love having them close by.
TV show you are obsessed with? The Voice, Suits, and I have to admit my guilty pleasure is The Real Housewives.

Mark Grady, 38

Self-Employed Contractor

Mark Grady
Mark Grady

Beef, Chicken or Veggies? All the above, with me you don’t have to choose just one.
Charcoal or Gas? Charcoal, better flavor
Beer or Wine? Both, depends on what I’m cooking.
Pool, Patio or Tailgate? Pool for when it’s hot, patio for when I want to chill, tailgate for when I want to party.
To be the host or be hosted? Both, I like to serve and to be served.
Your go-to side dish to bring? My stuffed jalapeños, always a hit.
Do you follow a family recipe or MacGyver it? MacGyver it, I like to make it my own.
What’s the secret to your secret sauce? Guess I should start to think of one…
Rate your grill skills (10 being a “grill master”)? 10! I got a full line of BBQ grills…except gas. I love to cook.
3 words to describe your dance moves: Achy Breaky Heart.
Craziest place you’ve ever been kissed? Inside the kitchen pantry.
Instagram or Snapchat? Snapchat… my recent findings!
Musical instrument you played as a kid? Harmonica.
You’re looking to embark upon a thrilling adventure in Kern County. Where do you go/what do you do? Explore new dirt roads cruising in my jeep.
Name something from your bucket list: Skydiving, afraid of jumping out of a plane but want to overcome my fear.
What or who inspires you to be a better person? Jesus Christ, because he is the ultimate person.
Favorite local charity or non-profit event? St. Judes, all children deserve to have the opportunity to have a great life.
One thing you couldn’t live without? My dog, a man’s best friend, puts a smile on my face every day I come home.
TV show you are obsessed with? I don’t watch much TV but I have found myself interested in Prison Break.
Favorite local place for a first date? Valentine’s, I like a good bottle of wine and a different type of meal.

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