Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ommegang Hop Chef Competition at the Atlas w/ Boundary Road Chef Brad & H St resident & Bibiana Chef Nick Stefanelli & more, Sat. 4/28

Inaugural Ommegang Hop Chef Competition heats up D.C. on April 28, 2012.
Sat., April 28, 2012, 1-4 pm. Atlas Theater, 1333 H St., NE, Washington, D.C.

Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown announces our first-ever Ommegang Hop Chef Competition.™ The competition invites innovative DC area chefs to prepare and pair dishes with fine Ommegang ales. Each chef creates two dishes showcasing imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, along with Ommegang ales chosen to go with them, are served to professional judges and a consumer audience. The competition will produce fourteen delectably different dishes, offer at least seven different beers, and promises plenty of culinary surprises. The Hop Chef Competition is part of the Ommegang program known as Great Beer Deserves Great Food®, a national initiative dedicated to the idea that fine beer deserves its rightful place at the table with fine foods. The Hop Chef Competition brings that idea to life for 200 lucky tasters.
The Ommegang Hop Chef Competition takes place April 28, 1- 4 pm, at the historic Atlas Theater on H Street. Seven hot DC area chefs compete, eight area notables judge, and 200 lucky tasters can buy tickets to watch, taste, sip, and vote for a People’s Choice Winner. Chefs are Jamie Leeds, Hank's Oyster Bar; Jeff Eng, Clyde's of Tower Oaks; Bradley Walker, Boundary Road; Mike Bonk, Sonoma; Nicholas Stefanelli, Bibiana; Mark Marrocco, Magnolias at the Mill; and Will Artley, Pizzeria Orso.
This Ommegang Hop Chef Competition is the first in a series of chef’s cook-offs across the US, culminating in a Grand Hop Chef cook-off at Ommegang’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival in August 2012. The competition is put together by Brewery Ommegang and Chef Teddy Folkman, Ommegang Culinary Ambassador and chef/owner of DC’s beloved Granville Moore’s Gastropub. The competition is co-sponsored by Saveur Magazine, Shun Knives, Gel Pro Mats, Lodge Enamel Cookware, Cuisinart, and Chefware Branded Chef Coats. The Hop Chef Competition is also sponsored by ‘Share Our Strength’ Taste of the Nation program. Net proceeds benefit ‘Share our Strength' and its efforts to end childhood hunger
Hop Chef Competition judges include Greg Engert; beer director, Birch and Barley/ Churchkey; John Guattery, executive director, Matchbox Food Group; Tammy Tuck, beer writer, Washington City Paper; Nycci Nellis, host "Foodie and the Beast, Talk Radio and NBC TV; Bart Vandaele, chef/owner Belga Cafe; Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor, Washington Post; Simon Thorpe, president/CEO Brewery Ommegang and Duvel USA; and Saveur Magazine.

Tickets are limited, so please purchase in advance at

Learn more about the Ommegang Hop Chef Competition and our sponsors at
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Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. The brewery creates six ales year-round as well as a range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in over 40 states. The brewery is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and tastings, as well as a Café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an online store.  The Ommegang Hop Chef Competition is the registered name of a group of culinary events across the USA where invited chefs compete in judged beer and food pairing, creating and serving food to both professional judges and to the public.  Great Beer Deserves Great Food (GBDGF) is the registered name of a group of Ommegang culinary initiatives created to bring fine beer into restaurants serving fine foods of all kinds. The initiatives include food and beer pairing development at the Ommegang Café, Café beer dinners, off-site beer dinners across the USA, chef and bartender trainings, chef competitions, and the website For more info on Brewery Ommegang, please contact, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit Brewery Ommegang is a member of the Duvel Moortgat family of fine beers.

Chef Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore’s Gastropub, Washington DC, is the chef/owner of multiple restaurant enterprises. Granville Moore’s is known for its fine Belgian beer list and its innovative combinations of beer and food. For more info on Granville Moore’s and Chef Teddy Folkman please visit Folkman is also the author of “Folkman’s Five Beer-pairing Techniques©”.  For more info on the techniques please visit
Share Our Strength® Taste of the Nation® is a national program of fine dining and tasting events that make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.  For more info please visit

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