The Deschutes Brewery 2nd Annual Chef’s Challenge

On Monday, December 13th, 2010
Tickets were $75 per person and covered food, beverages and gratuity.
All benefits went to Morrison Child & Family Services.
To learn more about Morrison Child and Family Services, visit their website at

We arrived at this event not really knowing what to expect but we were definitely excited to have the opportunity to check it out as we had heard some great things about the first Chef’s Challenge. Upon arrival we were lead into the bar area where they started the evening pouring a couple of Deschutes signature beers paired with some tasty appetizers.

Once we were seated, several key people from Deschutes and Morrison Child & Family Services gave an overview of the event and the charity. There was a panel of celebrity judges that would pick their favorite pairing and each attendee was given a ballet to vote for their favorite pairing. Prior to each course arriving at the tables a brewer from Deschutes would discuss the beer and then the chef of that course would discuss the entrée they had prepared.

Competing chefs included:
Adam Higgs, Acadia
Ben Dyer, Laurelhurst Market and Ate-Oh-Ate
Dave Anderson, Genoa
Jeff Usinowicz, Deschutes Brewery Portland Pub
Kurt Spak, Alba Osteria
Scott Shampine, Davis Street Tavern

The celebrity judge’s award went to Davis Street Tavern for an ox tail spuckie with duck fat baguette paired with Black Butte XXII. The People’s Choice award went to Genoa for a cotechino sausage served over braised lentils paired with Hop Henge 8.

Our favorite beers of the evening were the Benderweisse, Hop Henge 8, and the Black Butte XXII. Our favorite course, which was not on the ballot, was the dessert by Jill Ramseier of Deschutes. It had peanut butter marshmallows and dark chocolate ganache served over a molasses graham cookie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with a root beer float feuilletine. This amazing concoction was paired with the Abyss. It was the perfect finale!

Kudos to Deschutes for doing an amazing job hosting this event. Each food and beer pairing was unique and made for an interesting evening of culinary bliss. To top it all off, it was all in the name of supporting a good cause! You won’t want to miss this event next year.

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  1. Jonas says…

    Agreed, It was a great and fun event, I look forward to going next year.  And of course, it was for a great cause and organization.
    I have some additional pictures of the event on my blog:

    Written on January 11th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
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