Thursday, May 28, 2009

Beer and Beef: A Real Wisconsin Tradition


Grilling season is upon us, and you might think there are only so many things you can do to make a burger interesting: add some herbs or seasoning salt, or top it with some mushrooms and Swiss cheese. Honestly, that’s pretty generous adornment for the plastic-wrapped, factory-farmed beef that most of us stock up on at the grocery store. At Burgers and Brew: The Taste is Local, dressing up a burger is what it’s all about—and the locally grown meats and veggies deserve no less. This second annual fundraiser for REAP (Research, Action, Education and Policy on Food Group) showcases the talents of some of Madison’s finest chefs, brewers and farmers. The pasture-raised meats and fresh vegetables are mixed and flame grilled by chefs from some of Madison’s favorite restaurants, including L’Etoile, Lombardino’s and The Old Fashioned. Wisconsin’s beer-making heritage shines at Burgers and Brew as local brewers, such as Furthermore, New Glarus and Tyranena, offer an assortment of craft beer to wash it all down.

If you went last year, you might have devoured Lombardino’s lamb burger with Gruyere and a fried quail egg, savored Bluephies’ sweet and sour pork burger topped with a crisp slaw, or wolfed down the ever popular Bad Breath Burger from the Weary Traveler. It is hard to imagine how the chefs might embellish this year’s burgers, but it sure will be fun finding out. Your $25 ticket will get you three mini-burgers paired with three beer pours (don’t worry, additional beer is available for purchase), plus an afternoon of live music and fun activities. Ticket sales benefit REAP’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program, which works to connect local restaurants and other food buyers with local farmers. This event takes a classic summer pastime to a whole new level, and may inspire you to bypass the grocery store and head to one of Madison’s many farmers’ markets this summer to gather ingredients for your own culinary masterpiece.

Event details:
Saturday May 30th, 2009 from 4-7pm
Capital Brewery Bier Garten 7734 Terrace Ave Middleton, WI

For tickets or more information:
http://www.reapfoodgroup.org/BFBL/burgers.htm

1 comment:

Food Gal said...

If we lived in Wisconsin, my hubby, Meat Boy, would be all over that. ;)