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Big Biscuit Showdown menu includes adventurous combinations

Posted July 18, 2017 11:18 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 3:12 p.m. EDT

The chicken biscuit from Rise in Durham.

— The preliminary menu has been released for the Big Biscuit Showdown planned later this month in Durham.

The second annual event, presented by Rise, is planned July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Rickhouse. The competition will feature 13 teams of Rise employees and local beverage and breweries. Each Rise chef will prepare a special biscuit and doughnut with inventive toppings and fillings. Each item will be paired with a local craft-made beverage.

The public can purchase tickets to taste the selections and vote for the winners. Tickets are $50 and are available online.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Duke Cancer Institute through Give 1 For Dad, a local fundraising campaign to launch a clinical trial to test a new approach to treat advanced prostate cancer patients. 


The menu will include:

Rise Cameron Village & Trophy Brewing Company

  • Biscuit: Green Tabasco roasted chicken with house-made bread & butter pickles, arugula & roasted garlic aioli
  • Donut: Espresso cream filled with chocolate icing and cardamom
  • Beverage: Rose Gose with strawberry and lemon peel

Rise Carrboro & Steel String Brewery

  • Biscuit: Pickled Shrimp with dilly green beans, cherry tomatoes and a green goddess dressing
  • Donut: Cardamom Cake donut with a grapefruit icing
  • Beverage: Pickle Gose

Rise Charlotte Ballantyne & Ponysaurus Brewing

  • Biscuit: Smoked Green Button Farm Pork Belly topped with Pop's famous creamy corn, parmesan, scallion and fried okra hash
  • Donut: Cherry Mascarpone Cheesecake Donut
  • Beverage: TBA

Rise Biscuits and Donuts

Rise Charlotte Steele Creek & D9 Brewery

  • Biscuit: Beer battered chicken sandwich (made with Avery's brown Ale)
  • Donut: Battered cake donut with a Orange Zest Glaze  (made with Avery's Brown Ale)
  • Beverage: Avery Brown Ale with a orange slice garnish

Rise Durham Southpoint & Bean Traders Coffee

  • Biscuit: Chicken mole biscuit
  • Donut: Lemon-mascarpone filled donut with a blueberry icing and maple cream drizzle
  • Beverage: Chocolate Habanero Coffee

Rise Greensboro & Preyer Brewing

  • Biscuit: Pancetta, Smoked Gouda, and a seasoned oven-fried tomato biscuit
  • Donut: Orange Creamsicle donut with an orange zest cream filling and orange glaze on top
  • Beverage: TBA

Rise Holly Springs & Carolina Brewing Company

  • Biscuit: Crispy Glazed Pork Belly with Pimento Cheese grit cake, pickled red onion slaw, and beer aioli
  • Donut: Pub Grub Chocolate Cake Donut. Brown Ale cake donut with a beer glaze, spicy chocolate icing, toasted nuts and pretzel garnish
  • Beverage: Brown Ale  

Rise North Raleigh & Neuse River Brewing

  • Biscuit: Merguez sausage w/ Dijon and shallot, cornichon relish.
  • Donut: Foie gras glazed truffled donut filled with black truffle pastry cream
  • Beverage: Rye Triple and Bobby Brune Smoked Brown Ale

Rise Wilmington & Iron Clad Brewery

  • Biscuit: Smoked Beef Brisket Biscuit with caramelized onions, coleslaw, and a green-hatch chile aioli
  • Donut: Glazed Peach Cobbler bullseye donut with candied pecans
  • Beverage: Beer and Sours

Rise Brier Creek & Fair Game Beverage, The Brothers Vilgalys and Crude Bitters

  • Menu TBA

Rise Downtown Durham & Fullsteam Brewery

  • Menu TBA

Rise Morrisville & Wicked Weed Brewery

  • Menu TBA