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3rd Annual Napa Valley BBQ and Beer Battle
Sunday, July 1, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
Advance Tickets are SOLD OUT!
We have a limited number of tickets available at the door with ticket sales starting at the door at 12:45pm on Sunday.
3rd Annual Napa Valley BBQ & Beer Battle
A fundraiser for the Napa Valley Education Foundation's Music Connection Program
Date: Sunday, July 1st - 1pm - 4pm
Location: Napa Valley Marriott, 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa
BBQ Competition: 2-time defending Champion Pat Burke of Judd's Hill Winery vs. Challenger Stephen Barber of Farmstead
Beer Competition: Ten Craft Brewers pairing their selected beer with the BBQ
Craft Brewers: 21st Amendment Brewery, Bison Brewing, Uncommon Brewers, Ale Industries, Black Star Beer, Drakes Brewing, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and Napa Smith Brewery
Silent Auction/Oral Auction: Benefits the Napa Valley Education Foundation's Music Connection Program
Tickets: $55+ tax/fees at the door for adults and free for children 6 and under
Included in the ticket price:
- LOTS of delicious BBQ
- Taste of each craft beer
- 2 Glasses of the beer of your choice or wine from Judd's Hill
March 26, 2012, Napa, CA -- The Napa Valley Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Napa Valley BBQ & Beer Battle taking place the afternoon of Sunday, July 1st, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, located at 3425 Solano Avenue in Napa, CA. Hosted by the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, the barbecue throwdown will benefit the NVEF’s Music Connection Program. The Music Connection has been supporting students of the Napa Valley Unified School District with musical instruments and opportunities for over a decade.
Guests attending the Napa Valley BBQ & Beer Battle will be spoiled with amazing BBQ, craft beer from ten area breweries and live music throughout featuring Napa Valley Education Foundation Teacher of the Year, Alan U’Ren. This year the Barbecue Battle will feature a BBQ throwdown between two highly regarded barbeque enthusiasts: Two time defending Champion Pat Burke of Judd's Hill Winery and Challenger Stephen Barber of Farmstead.
Chef Stephen Barber of Farmstead Restaurant was most recently chef of Fish Story restaurant in Napa, which is owned by Chef Bradley Ogden's Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Previously, he was executive chef of MECCA in San Francisco where he received three stars from Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle and was named a 2004 “Rising Star Chef.” In 2007, Stephen opened BarbersQ in Napa, which also received three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, was featured on the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants 2007” and “Top 100 Restaurants” lists by Mr. Bauer, and was named a Michelin Guide “Bib Gourmand.”
Pat Burke is the Hospitality Director at Judd’s Hill Winery and a recognized award winning barbeque competitor, a member of the famous “Barnyard Roasters” BBQ Team, and team captain of “The Vineyard Roasters”, who took 1st Prize in the Rib category at the 2006 West Coast BBQ Championships. Pat Burke is the two time defending champion of this event.
The host and emcee of the event is Brian Whitmer, Executive Chef of VINeleven Restaurant & Bar located at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa. Brian has an impressive culinary background that started in Kansas City and found him developing his trademark skills and techniques in a wide variety of kitchens, from New York City to Carmel, CA. Chef Whitmer showcases his Kansas City roots with the culinary finesse and expertise that has won him national accolades.
The craft beer component has been added to the event this year with ten breweries facing off to see which beer pairs best with the BBQ offerings. Guests will vote for their favorites a BBQ and Beer Battle medals will be presented to the top three. Competing brewers include: 21st Amendment Brewery, Bison Brewing, Uncommon Brewers, Ale Industries, Black Star Beer, Drakes Brewing, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and Napa Smith Brewery. Judd’s Hill, a partner since year one, will be the featured winery, offering tastes of their delicious wines throughout the event.
The BBQ and Beer Battle features a Silent Auction to benefit the Music Connection with packages featuring hotel stays, spa indulgences, Napa Valley adventure packages, fabulous meals, wine lots, and winery tours and tastings. In addition, a live auction item featuring an opportunity for guests to enjoy a private party for 12 with the BBQ chefs and host personally preparing a BBQ meal beautifully paired with Judd’s Hill wines will be presented for bid.