Feeding America San Diego To Host Pairing With A Purpose Charity Event On April 16 | Enter To Win 2 Tickets

March 26, 2016

On Saturday, April 16, from 1-5pm at Bobby Riggs Tennis Club & Museum in Encinitas, Feeding America San Diego will host Pairings with a Purpose: Tapped Edition, an afternoon of culinary competition with San Diego’s finest chefs and breweries, uniting to fight hunger in San Diego. Pairings with a Purpose features Top Chefs Chad White and Brian Malarkey, as well as many other prominent San Diego chefs & breweries. We are raffling off 2 General Admission tickets to attend. Read on and be sure to enter!

At Pairing with a Purpose, each participating chef and brewery duo will collaborate to create a special pairing of food and one of the brewery’s beers. Guests will be able to vote on their favorite pairing for the People Choice while a lineup of industry judges determines their favorite combinations. Eat, drink and cast your votes at a culinary competition pairing San Diego’s finest chefs and breweries in support of a worthwhile local charity. Great food, beer, wine, live music and contests will be offered, including musical guests are Tolan Shaw and The Silent Comedy. Teams for Pairing with a Purpose include:
  • Karen Barnett of Small Bar with Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Olivier Bioteau of The Lodge at Torrey Pines with Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.
  • Shihomi Borillo of Azuki Sushi with Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.
  • Julie Darling of Just Call Us Volunteer Catering with O’Neil Wines
  • Amy DiBiase of Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa with Modern Times Beer
  • Matthew Doyle of Veladora at Rancho Valencia with Monkey Paw Brewing
  • Trey Foshee of Galaxy Taco with Benchmark Brewing Co.
  • Jason Gethin of Farmer & The Seahorse with Mother Earth
  • Christian Graves of J-Six with Aztec Brewing
  • Katie Grebow with Lost Abbey
  • Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore with Lightning Brewery
  • Luisteen Gonzalez of Puesto with Old Harbor Distilling
  • Wade Haggeman of Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria & The Craftsman Tavern with Second Chance Beer Co.
  • Katherine Humphus of Savory Made Simple with Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Tim Kolanko of Stake Chophouse & Bar with Latitude 33 Brewing Co.
  • Barry Layne of Coast Catering with Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Jean Pierre Lemanissier with Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Colin MacLaggan of Ballast Point with Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
  • Jarrod Moiles of Veladora at Rancho Valencia with Monkey Paw Brewing
  • Fabrice Poigin of Water Grill with Julian Hard Cider
  • Corey Rapp of Karl Strauss Brewing Company with Karl Strauss Brewing Company 
  • Miguel Valdez of The Red Door with Half Door Brewing Co.
  • Chad White of Top Chef with Mike Hess Brewing
  • Sharon Wilson of Panama 66 with Automatic Brewing Company / Blind Lady Ale House 
Participating judges for the event will be David Binn (professional football player, Chargers longest-tenured player), Mitchie Brusco (professional skateboarder, X-Games medalist), Scott Kaplan (CBS Sidelines reporter, Scott & BR Radio Show host), Brian Malarkey (executive chef & restaurateur, Top Chef finalist & The Taste judge), Andre Reed (professional football player, four time Super Bowler), Guenter Seidel (three-time Olympic equestrian), and Billy Ray Smith (professional football player, former Charger, Scott & BR Radio Show host)

Tickets to Pairing For A Purpose are $35 for food only (no alcohol), $45 for General Admission and $75 for VIP. Tickets include unlimited tastings, participation in voting contests and opportunities to participate in the raffle and silent auction. VIP Experience includes early admission to skip the lines, exclusive pairings, chef meet-and-greets and more. Tickets are available online. All proceeds from the event will benefit Feeding America San Diego and its critical hunger-relief and nutrition programs.

"Pairings with a Purpose is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together for both fun and an important cause - fighting hunger. We’re grateful to have the support of so many accomplished chefs and breweries,” said Al Brislain, CEO of Feeding America San Diego. “With summer around the corner, many children who rely on school meals will lose access to critical nutrition. Through the support this event provides, we can prepare for the increased need in the coming months.”

Established in 2007, Feeding America San Diego (FASD) is the leading hunger-relief organization in the county, distributing 18.5 million meals within the last year, and the only Feeding America affiliate in the region. FASD provides food and resources to a network of 200 distribution partners serving 60,000 children, families and seniors each week. Focused on healthy food, education and advocacy, FASD is building a hunger-free and healthy San Diego through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships.

To learn more about Feeding America San Diego and its hunger-relief initiatives, visit feedingamericasd.org.