Epicuriad 2013: Beer For Brains Foundation's Annual Food Pairing Competition on March 22

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Zach Fowle
Beer fans get ready, the Epicuriad dinner event will be here soon.
You would think a craft beer-focused foundation holding a contest pitting one dish against a beer or wine would be, well, a little biased. But for the past two years, the Beer for Brains Foundation Epicuriad has been thoroughly pleasing food, beer, and wine fans alike.

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In addition to the usual pairing contests, this year's event will also feature an Iron Chef-style competition between two chefs, one cooking with beer and another with wine. Our heads are swimming.

The third annual event will take place from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak's Palacio room.

Here's the premise:

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Zach Fowle
A plate from Epicuriad 2012
Each of the chefs will be assigned one beer and one wine with the challenge to create a single dish that pairs with both. Guests then get to choose whether the beer or the wine paired better and will also decide which chef paired the best dish overall.

The event will also include a full dessert buffet, a raffle, and live music in a cocktail party setting.

For VIP guests, organizers also promise an ultimate competition between beer and wine. Two chefs -- one of which will be Rico's American Grill's Chef Kenneth Arneson -- will be charged with cooking with either beer or wine. It will be up to guests to decide which one takes the title by creating the best dish.

General admission tickets for the event cost $75 and VIP tickets are $100 per person. Tickets can be bought at the Beer for Brains Foundation website. Seating is limited and proceeds from the event go to the foundation's research to find a cure for brain cancer.

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Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

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Rico's American Grill

7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

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16 comments
DrBob
DrBob

Heard the event was a bust, just as a few people on here predicted.  That's too bad but lesson learned for those that were pumping the event here.

oldstoneface
oldstoneface like.author.displayName 1 Like

Am I missing something here? I mean we are talking about a charity event right? A charity that is determined to wipe out brain cancer using a community that I would hope also cares about defeating this deadly disease more than they care about how "rare" the beer and wine is or what trinkets they get to take home. Apparently this discussion have been derailed to a "what's in it for me" gripe session rather than focusing on the true intent of this event which is to save lives and prevent others from have to lose their loved ones. Chefs are donating their time, breweries are and wineries are donating there libations and all that can be said is "it's not good enough?" If that is what you use to determine your charitable contributions then maybe you need to do a little soul searching and educate yourself on the true meaning of charity and what The Beer For Brains Foundation is trying to accomplish by bringing brain cancer awareness to the masses. They could serve crackers and water and I would still support the cause as would many others I know who have been affected by the perils of brain cancer.

calbears1
calbears1

@oldstoneface There are many needy charities, if one wanted to give to a cause you can give directly to that cause without having to go through a fundraising group that is putting on an event such as this and avoid having both the expenses of the event and the foundations cut of the funds raised taken out. If you think going to an event like this is going to help wipe out brain cancer you need a lesson in life. Odds are, after expenses there will be little or nothing left to go to the actual charity. People go to events like this to have a good time and enjoy the food/wine/beer, not to be altruistic. With a scaled back event from previous years it doesn't look worth it to me.

oldstoneface
oldstoneface

@calbears1

"There are many needy charities, if one wanted to give to a cause you can give directly to that cause.." 

True, but solely giving money doesn't draw the awareness that events like this do. Fortunately there are people willing to donate their time, goods and talent for these events to raise awareness for others who have been affected by this disease or simply want to help without expecting anything in return.

"If you think going to an event like this is going to help wipe out brain cancer you need a lesson in life." 

To be honest, your comment is pretty disrespectful to those fighting this disease and hoping for a cure. Good thing the March of Dimes didn't listen to this "advice" or they wouldn't have effectively ended the polio epidemic in the United States through charitable events much like the ones the BFBF hosts.

%%s

"Odds are, after expenses there will be little or nothing left to go to the actual charity." 

Again another callus comment to those dedicated to fighting this disease and pretty insulting to a charity that just gave over $40,000 to Barrow Cancer Center from the proceeds earned from just one of their events.

"People go to events like this to have a good time and enjoy the food/wine/beer, not to be altruistic."

These charities wouldn't exist if it weren't for the philanthropic spirit of those who attend these events and support their cause. Yes, there are those who are in it for themselves, but I would invite anyone who chooses to take this elitist attitude to educate themselves on the origin of this charity. Heck, reach out to the founder, Louis Dolgoff, and ask to hear his story of how this deadly disease took his wife from this world too soon. Here is a little preview of the passion that fuels this man's heart and the reason I support this noble cause:

%%s

If you still feel the same, then you are right, this may not be the charity event for you.      

Darklord
Darklord

 Talk to Mayer from Youngs Market or Chuck Noll from World Class. Both have dissociated themselves from the charity and from what I've heard it wasn't pretty. I doubt you'll see them or anyone from their companies at the event.

oldstoneface
oldstoneface

@Darklord I don't recall seeing anything in regards to your claims so it would be unfair of me to comment on the singular post of an anonymous poster. Care to backup your comment with substantiated facts?

Erin go bragh!   

Darklord
Darklord

@oldstoneface @calbears1 Since you are familiar with the charity what are your thoughts on two different beer distributors pulling their support of the foundation whose employees resigned from the Board of the Foundation because of their shenaningans? Happy St.Paddy's Day. 

oldstoneface
oldstoneface

@calbears1 Oh, yes I must be an employee as I have taken the time to educate myself on a charity I support. Or it could just be that I happen to run into Louis at a Total Wine grand opening a few years back and listened to his story which moved me enough to support his cause. Pints for Prostate is also a wonderful charity that does great things, however they are not local and I have yet to see them host a fundraising event in Phoenix so I have not had the pleasure of participating in their cause.

calbears1
calbears1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@oldstoneface Spoken like a person who works for the beer for brains foundation hiding behind an anonymous avatar!!! Look at the bright side, my absence will leave more food, wine and beer for you. From this point on I think I will be supporting pints for prostates if I am going to support a beer/cancer cause or one hope to support wine/cancer groups. They don't appear to be so lame.

calbears1
calbears1

They just published the list of the breweries, still no mention of the wineries. Unless they have some stellar wineries I think I will skip this event this time. I can drink the breweries beers listed such as Four Peaks at many places in the valley.

calbears1
calbears1

Only 11 chefs mentioned and no mention of what wineries or breweries are going to be there. Looks like a huge waste of money.

DrBob
DrBob like.author.displayName 1 Like

So watching two chefs compete is worth $25 to watch. In the past two years you have constantly promised better VIP perks to your events but they seem to be getting worse, not better.  Tell us what exactly we are going to receive for the extra money please and who is participating this year. With the event a little over a week away the details seem very sketchy. As Joseph said, no mention of chefs, wineries or breweries. Looks very unorganized in my opinion.

Beer4Brains
Beer4Brains like.author.displayName 1 Like

Thank you for your feedback, we always value the input of supporters like you.  Rest assured this year's VIP experience will be differ from the years past as we have added an Iron Chef style competition between two of our chefs.  Please continue to watch the Beer For Brains Foundation facebook page as this week we will be announcing chef names, along with beer and wine lists.    

Joseph
Joseph like.author.displayName 1 Like

Agree with Dr. Bob.  Besides, why is there no info on number of chefs or who they are, it was pretty lame last year.  What beers and wines?  Why would I pay this kind of money without any details.

DrBob
DrBob like.author.displayName 1 Like

We went last year. The VIP tickets are not worth the money.  Last year all you got for the extra money was a worthless glass to take home. We left ours on a table in the hotel. If it weren't for charity I wouldn't attend again.

DrBob
DrBob like.author.displayName 1 Like

The first year this event went on it was good but it has steadily deteriorated over time. The VIP tickets are not worth the money.  Last year all you got different was a worthless glass to take home.

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