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Rico’s Has Beer For Brains!

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

To Celebrate National Beer Month, Rico’s American Grill at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort has teamed up with the Beer for Brains Foundation and four local breweries to create a special fundraising dinner on Thursday, July 28th. Executive Chef Kenneth Arneson and his crew have prepared a special menu for the evening to illuminate local breweries. The fundraising dinner will feature six courses paired with local beers, with the event’s proceeds benefitting the Beer for Brains Foundation, a Peoria-based non-profit that brings together craft beer lovers in the battle against brain cancer.

The evening will begin at 6:30pm with an appetizer reception; followed by the sit-down dinner at 7pm. Tickets are $59 per person.

To create the menu, Chef Ken and his staff teamed with four Arizona breweries, Sun Up Brewing Co.SanTan Brewing Co.Grand Canyon Brewing Co. and Sonoran Brewing Co.. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to create this menu with help of the Sun Up, SanTan, Grand Canyon and Sonoran brewery teams,” explained Chef Ken. “So often we do wine pairing dinners; so being able to work with these local craft beers has been a unique experience that we think our guests will really enjoy- not to mention, the proceeds of the event benefit an amazing cause.”

Check out a sneak peek of the menu:

  • Scallop Wrapped Pork Belly with lemon grass, sweet chili plum and sweet corn panacotta | Paired with Sun Up Trooper IPA and SanTan Devil’s Pale Ale.
  • Seared Veal Loin with crispy sweetbreads, cotija crusted quesadillas and charred corn relish | Paired with Grand Canyon Amber and SanTan Hefeweizen Wheat.
  • Desert Trio of Frangelico laced pumpkin French toast with drunken local fig, goat cheese and caramel profiterole and Salt River citrus vanilla crème brûlée | Paired with Sonoran White Chocolate Ale and SanTan Cherry Infused Stout.

Proceeds raised by Beer for Brains are donated to the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center (BBTRC) in Phoenix. The BBTRC is a part of the Barrow Neurological Institute, a leading institute for brain tumor imaging, brain tumor surgery, cancer research and stem-cell science in the United States.

Reservations are required for the event and can be made by calling 602-997-5850. For more information, visit squawpeakhilton.com.

Rico’s American Grill | 7677 North 16th Street | Phoenix, AZ 85020 | 602-997-5850 | ricosag.com

About the Author - Amy Martin

Author of Her Plate, Amy's love of food, cooking and all things culinary keeps her endlessly plotting what her next meal will be. Her pastimes include creating in (i.e. demolishing) her own kitchen and baking far more sweets than her tiny family could ever eat.

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