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Papa Dale Breedlove -
2/14/1921 - 5/23/2001


I grew up spending my summers and school breaks on the back porch of my grandparents house in Nipomo, just a few miles north of Santa Maria. We would spend every night out back at the BBQ grill slow cooking Tri-tip, fresh from the small butcher shop in Santa Maria. We'd have a pot of Santa Maria Pinquitos cooking in the corner of the grill and a Kielbasa to nibble on as the meat cooked. During racing season we could hear the Santa Maria Speedway just a few miles away. Every couple weeks we would head over to the Elk's Lodge in Santa Maria and grill up pounds of Tri-Tip and Chicken. 
At the age of 5 I told him i was going to be three things in life, A superhero, a teacher and a Chef, as he had told me many stories of his years as a boy cooking for his brothers and how he had always wanted to pursue culinary. But it was war time so being the rebel he is, he 'fudged' his birthday a little and headed to the European front.
Papa Dale always supported any odd, weird or fanciful journey i took ( one day you will see the 'hair' pictures I'm sure). When my disabilities got to hard to handle and I wanted to drop out of school, and try something easier, he pushed me back to the kitchen.I'm glad he did.
I lost my best friend and mentor in 2001 to cancer. But his spirit of love, learning, comfort and the joy of those nights on the back porch live on. ‚Äč

What drives me!!