Craft brewers, local growers and restaurants all play a role in cultivating both community and health. The upcoming Brew Rendezvous, a fundraiser for Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), celebrates the unique role such food and beverage purveyors play in creating a sustainable food system that can, in turn, help address a variety of problems including obesity.
CHIP, a San Diego nonprofit organization, will hold its third annual Brew Rendezvous fundraiser from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at SILO in Makers Quarter. Brew Rendezvous is a culinary pairing event bringing together local breweries, farms and eateries. The event raises awareness about the local food movement and benefits CHIP's efforts to tackle obesity through the development of a healthy, sustainable, regional food system.
Brew Rendezvous will pair San Diego's top breweries with the talents and products of local chefs and farmers. Featured participants at this year's Brew Rendezvous are set to include URBN Brewery and Kitchen, Stone Brewery, Coronado Brewery, Ballast Point, The Lost Abbey, AleSmith Brewing Co., Stehly Farms Organics, Sahu Subtropicals, Connelly Gardens, Carnitas Snack Shack, Terra American Bistro and many more.
"The Brew Rendezvous event is a microcosm of what is happening across the country - a return to artisinal, sustainable products," said Bill Sysak, craft beer ambassador at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens and Brew Rendezvous Brewery co-chairman. "This event brings like-minded individuals together to support a worthy cause and enlighten the community of the bountiful fare to be found in and around San Diego."
One-hundred percent of the proceeds from Brew Rendezvous will support CHIP's programs that fight obesity in the community and help to build a better food system. According to CHIP, a healthy community requires a healthy environment, economy, social conditions and food access. CHIP recognizes that San Diego's local growers, chefs and craft brewers foster those factors by using their resources to change the food system. In addition to cultivating health, the food movement can also create economic development and investment in the region as well as provide employees with good paying jobs.
"The local food movement encompasses environmental, social and economic sustainability. Many believe that creating a more regional, sustainable food system could help solve many of our most pressing problems including obesity," said Kristin Garrett Montgomery, CHIP president and CEO.
"Brew Rendezvous is a great example of raising awareness by having some fun and bringing people together for a good cause," said Alex Carballo, partner at URBN in El Cajon and Brew Rendezvous Culinary co-chair.
The event is open only to those 21 and older. Tickets for the May 17 Brew Rendezvous are available online. For more information, to purchase tickets or to view the list of participating restaurants, farms and breweries, visit sdchip.org/brew.