September 22, 2010

An Invitation to Ignite Phoenix 8

If you've been following along with us this past few months, we thank you. We really do.

We've spent a fair amount of time talking about beer and restaurants and the glaring gaps of both beer menu information and execution. In July we wrote about the lack of beer menus and information about local beer during Arizona Restaurant Week (AZRW).  As AZRW approached, we made beer pairing recommendations based upon the limited information on restaurant websites. You can read about them here because there are still 4 days left to try our recommendations. Better still, report you favorite pairings to us.  We'd love to hear that there are more forward thinking chefs and restaurants out there.

We are getting to the point where we're going to need your participation and the first opportunity comes on October 15th for Ignite Phoenix, an event that is a notoriously fast sellout.  Tickets go on sale this Saturday morning, so read on.

I have been selected to be a presenter at Ignite Phoenix 8 to discuss putting beer back on the dinner table.

For those of you that don't know about Ignite, the idea and format is simple:

Ignite Phoenix is an evening of short presentations scheduled several times a year. At an event, you hear 18 passionate speakers talking about their favorite topics or projects for just 5 minutes each. The lineup of presenters for each event is unique.

My presentation is, "Let's Put Beer Back on the Dinner Table" and without giving too much away, I'll be talking about how beer is a superior paring beverage.  There will be a little discussion about how beer came to be so ignored and why we need to reclaim beer if we intend for Phoenix to be a World Class city. On a more personal level, you will walk away with a better knowledge of the flavors of beer, your meals choices will be more enjoyable than you imagined and you will make better choices than some top Phoenix restaurants.

This is the fun part of the conversation we've started.  This is the part where all of these words turn into tasty practicality. So please take this first quick step with us.

Ignite Phoenix #8

When: October 15, 2010 from 6:30 to 9:30PM
Where: Virginia G. Piper Theater 
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tickets: $10 each, on sale Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10:00AM. Tickets will be available via this link.

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