We all know that certain food pairs well with certain wines, but did you know the same is true for beer? And one of the best places to pair the two is at the Ames Main Street Cultural District Foodies & Brew event on August 19 in downtown Ames. This night of fine dining in the street allows local chefs and restauranteurs to showcase their best creations, while pairing them with locally brewed craft beer, and interacting with the community.
“Foodies and Brew gives you the opportunity to meet the people who really enjoy preparing unique and flavorful food for you, right on the Main Street of your hometown,” said Kevin Terrell, head of the Chef Kevin Terrell and Those Guys team.
A ticket to the event will get you a sample of each cooking teams’ food and a sample of the beer they have chosen to pair with their dish. Some of this year’s entries included Aunt Maudes, Dublin Bay, Mucky Duck, Wallaby's, Chef Kevin Terrell and Those Guys (Workiva), Ali Cakes, Salt & Pretzel and more.
Local breweries will also have their craft beers featured at the event, including beer made right here in Ames. Attendees get to cast a vote for their favorite culinary creation to win the People’s Choice Award. Terrell and his group were the unanimous choice for the past two years, for that award.
“We were honored to be regarded so highly by the attendees, especially against some of the best and most respected restaurants in town,” Terrell said.
Live music will be provided by the classic rock cover band “Standing Hampton,” so come ready to have a good time. Organizers say you should also come hungry because there will be more food than you can possibly eat.
“This is an amazing opportunity to have such a variety of top-notch food and drink in one place,” said Andrea Gronau, MSCD Promotions Committee Chair. “Some of these features can only be found at Foodies & Brew. Main Street Cultural District is the perfect atmosphere for such an event.”
Terrell agrees that is a fun event and a great opportunity for chefs and restaurateurs to network and build relationships in a non-restaurant setting. However, when it comes down to it – Foodies and Brew is about doing what you love – eating great food paired with even better beer.
Foodies and Brew will take place on Augusta 19 on Douglas Avenue between Main and 5th Streets. Food and beer tastings will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the Standing Hampton will be playing in the beer garden from 8:30 -11 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate.
To get your tickets visit amesdowntown.org.