TUSAYAN, Ariz. - Four top chefs from the Grand Canyon and Tusayan area have joined forces for this year's second annual Rock-tober Fest, pairing their culinary designs with beer from the Grand Canyon Brewery, certain to satisfy the most discerning of epicureans.
The Rock-tober Fest event, sponsored by the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau in partnership with the Grand Canyon Brewery, will feature a casino night as part of the Oct. 27 festivities at the Grand Canyon Dinner Theatre in Tusayan.
"We are really excited about this year's event," Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce General Manager Josie Bustillos said, who anticipates more than 125 participants. "Last year was just the trial run and it was a huge success. But we could not have done this last year or this year without the help and hard work of our chefs, and of course it would only be a dream without our partnership with Grand Canyon Brewing Company. They work really hard for us we are lucky to have them as our event sponsor; also without the support of our membership this would not be possible."
During the evening, Grand Canyon Dinner Theatre's Head Chef Brandon Bettencourt is leading a culinary dream team from neighboring hotels: Grand Canyon Squire Inn Executive Chef Norm Fuerfanger, Grand Hotel Chef John Fitzgerald and El Tovar Head Chef Matt McTigue.
Grand Canyon School graduate Bettencourt said one his the appetizer dishes will be chorizo and potato taquitos with green chili tomatillo paired with Grand Canyon Brewery's Vienna Style beer. For an entrée, Carne Asada with rice and pumpkin chipotle sauce will be paired with the Pumpkin Porter beer.
Grand Canyon Brewery Owner John Peasley said last year's food pairing was impressively top-notch, which in part made for a sold out event and a request to make this year's event bigger and better than ever. For that reason, Grand Canyon Brewery will feature two new seasonal beer concoctions, along with an unveiling of "a new beer product."
But it's not just the dishes and beer that will make for a memorable evening. The raffle prizes are also a big draw and Legacy Dj's will be spinning all evening.
"It's a great event," Bustillos said. "A great date night, girl's night out, you name it and of course the biggest reason of all - the food. I have seen the menu and it's off the chart this year. Beer and great food, need I say anymore? Our biggest event is still the Fourth of July, but Rock-tober Fest could just possibly exceed that event this year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed."
The chamber fundraiser is open to the public. Reservations are required for the food and beer pairing. Advance tickets are $50 per person. Day of event tickets are $55. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.
Those not taking part in the pairing won't miss out on tasting Grand Canyon Brewery's beer. Beers chosen for the pairing will be poured throughout the casino night as well.
"Xanterra is offering complementary shuttle service for those coming from the park and the Red Feather Lodge is offering great room rates for out of town and locals that may want to stay in Tusayan for the night," Bustillos said. "This event is a fundraiser for the chamber and it is a 100 percent sponsorship event. We are very luck to have such a great support system locally and statewide."
Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.
For more information and to make a reservation, contact Bustillos at (928) 638-2901 or purchase tickets online at www.grandcanyonbrewery.com.