NORTH CONWAY RESIDENT INVENTS GRILL OILING GADGET

by Christian Mower on November 16, 2011

A NORTH CONWAY BUSINESSWOMAN WHO HELPED START A RELIEF EFFORT IN THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY FOR VICTIMS OF TROPICAL STORM IRENE IS ADDING THE TITLE “INVENTOR’ TO HER RESUME, THANKS TO A BRAND NEW GADGET SHE SAYS WILL PREVENT FOOD FROM STICKING TO YOUR GRILL, EXTEND THE LIFE OF THE GRILL’S GRATES – AND PREVENT DANGEROUS FLAREUPS.

A CHEF BY TRAINING, STEFFANI ADASKA IS A SELF-EMPLOYED EXECUTIVE RECRUITER WHO ALSO RUNS A JOB BOARD, TESTS RECIPES AND APPEARS ON A COOKING SHOW IN THE VALLEY.

ADASKA’S GADGET IS CALLED THE QUIRKY “OLIO” – “OLIO” IS  ITALIAN FOR “OIL” – BARBECUE OIL BRUSH – SHE HOPES IT WILL BECOME A STANDARD ACCESSORY THAT WILL TAKE ITS PLACE HANGING WITH THE TONGS, MITTS AND LONG FORKS ON EVERY GRILL.

QUIRKY IS A NEW YORK BASED SOCIAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY THAT GUIDES INVENTORS THROUGH THE PROCESS AND INVITES OTHER PEOPLE TO ADD GOOD IDEAS TO MAKE THE FINAL PRODUCT – AND GET A CUT OF THE PROFITS. A MAN FROM NEW JERSEY ACTUALLY CAME UP WITH THE NAME “OLIO.”

ADASKA EXPLAINS THE GADGET LETS OUT A SMALL AMOUNT OF COOKING OIL ONTO THE GRATES.

A YEAR-ROUND GRILLER, ADASKA SUBMITTED HER IDEA THIS SUMMER AND A PROTOTYPE OF THE GADGET HAS NOW BEEN ROLLED OUT AND IS DISPLAYED ON THE QUIRKY WEBSITE

SHE NEEDS TO PRE-SELL 1,200 OLIOS BEFORE IT WILL GO INTO PRODUCTION. THAT PROCESS COULD START SOONER IF A LARGE RETAILER BUYS IT IN BULK – AT ANY RATE, ADASKA EXPECTS IT TO HIT THE MARKET BY EARLY SPRING.

SHE SAYS SHE HAS OTHER PRODUCT IDEAS SHE PLANS TO SUBMIT TO QUIRKY AS WELL.