If ever there was a month to nix the diet – April has been it.
But, don’t go getting back on the diet just yet.
That’s because the month is ending with Epicuriad: The Best Food, Craft Beer and Wine Pairing event on Saturday, April 29. And, thanks to the generosity of its sponsors, the event is making a limited number of discounted tickets available, starting at $49 and available while supplies last at thebeerforbrainsfoundation.org.
The Spring Epicuriad will welcome award-winning street food chefs who will get out of their trucks and into the kitchen to go head to head in this gourmet pairing competition.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP face-off event between two award-winning street food celebrity chefs. A flip of the coin will determine whether they cook with beer or wine. Then, they have 35 minutes to create an entrée using the spirits and ingredients provided. Celebrity judges, Jan D’Atri and her mom, Livia; Eaterz’s David Tyda and Louis Shaban, founder of Chef Works, will determine the winner.
The main event follows at 7:30 p.m. with a large sampling of gourmet food, craft beer and wine from more than a dozen street food chefs, breweries and vineyards in an intimate setting.
The food truck chefs who have signed on include:
Rock A Belly
Left Coast Burrito
Mingo’s Louisiana Kitchen
Emerson Fry Bread
Event attendees will vote on the category of “Best Pairing,” based on whether craft beer or wine is the attendee-preferred pairing with each dish, and “Best Entrée,” based on taste and presentation. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three winning chefs who will go to the Fall Epicuriad to compete with restaurant chefs.
Hosted at Allstate Appliances, with 12 state-of-the-art kitchens in Scottsdale, the event is focused on raising funds for the Beer for Brains Foundation, a national nonprofit organization of craft beer lovers, distributors and brewers committed to raising public awareness about brain cancer, and fundraising to support groundbreaking research for GBM Agile with headquarters at ASU.
Based in Scottsdale, BFBF stages multiple events across the country each year, working independently or in partnership with breweries, medical research facilities, nonprofits and other partners. Founded in 2010 by Louis Dolgoff, who lost his wife of 30 years to a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor, BFBF has raised more than $250,000 to help find a cure.
This is a 21-and-older-only event. Discounted tickets of $49 for general admission and $75 for VIP are on a first-come, first-serve and limited basis at thebeerforbrainsfoundation.org.
Epicuriad, Allstate Appliances, 15250 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, thebeerforbrainsfoundation.org, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29,, $49-$75.