Raleigh, N.C. — Fire in the Triangle, an Iron Chef-like dining competition, always highlights local ingredients and now they are adding craft beer to the mix.
Sean Lilly Wilson, Fullsteam CEO and NC Brewers Guild president, has been working with the Competition Dining series to feature North Carolina beer during showdowns, organizers said Tuesday. During Fire in the Triad a few weeks ago, Foothills beer was featured as a secret ingredient.
They are expanding on that idea with the upcoming Fire in the Triangle. Organizers announced Tuesday that they will feature seven different North Carolina breweries in the upcoming battles. With a good response so far, they are hoping to line up Charlotte-area breweries for the Fire in the City series in Charlotte.
Each week, a brewery will select one or two different types of beer to feature. They will be served in bottles, cans and from growlers. There will be a beer list at each table and a representative will be on hand from each brewery to talk about why the beer pairs with the food and/or the secret ingredient of the night.
Here is the schedule for the breweries featured in Fire in the Triangle:
July 8: John Childers (Herons) vs. Jake Wolf (Capital Club 16) - SOLD OUT
July 9: Jason Cunningham (Washington Duke Inn) vs. Brian Battistella (Battistella's)
July 10: Regan Stachler (Little Hen) vs. Serge Falcoz-Vigne (518 West) - SOLD OUT
July 15: Dean Thompson (Flights) vs. James Clarke (The Carolina Inn)
July 16: Scott James (Midtown Grille) vs. Lemar Farrington (La Residence)
July 17: Chris Hill (The Oxford) vs. Dan Yeager (Bia)
July 22: Chad McIntyre (Market Restaurant) vs. Sokun Slama (New Southern Kitchen)
July 23: Sean Fowler (Mandolin) vs. Steve Zanini (Jimmy V's)
July 29: July 8 winner vs. July 9 winner
July 30: July 10 winner vs. July 15 winner - SOLD OUT
Aug. 5: July 16 winner vs. July 17 winner
Aug. 6: July 22 winner vs. July 23 winner
Aug. 12: July 29 winner vs. July 30 winner
Aug. 13: Aug. 5 winner vs. Aug. 6 winner - SOLD OUT
Final Fire in the Triangle
Aug. 19: Aug. 12 winner vs. Aug. 13 winner - SOLD OUT
Tickets are on sale now and some of these dinners have already sold out. WRAL's Out and About is the official blogger for Fire in the Triangle, so keep checking out site for more info!