FEATURE: 4 Pivots Sake Beer Dinner – Organizer Kelly Brisson

We got word of a special dinner benefiting the For Pivot's Sake program featuring some of Ottawa's best chefs and breweries.  To learn more about the program and what's goingt down at Mugshots on Saturday, August 24th we talked to Kelly Brisson also known as The Gouda Life and one of the organizers.

Ottawa Beer Events: What's the For Pivots Sake program?

Kelly Brisson: For Pivot’s Sake is a program designed to get a little more life out of used old skateboard goods by recycling them with the intentions to help out low income youth across the City of Ottawa.  Twice a year, For Pivot's Sake will gather all of the used skateboard equipment and will donate refurbished skateboards to low income communities that are in need of recreational opportunities across Ottawa.

For Pivot’s Sake is looking to expand the program by also mentoring and engaging these youth. We want to cultivate confidence, creativity, health and happiness.

How did you get involved with the program and the event?

Cait Powers is a good friend of mine and a good friend of Antique Skate Shop owner Aaron Cayer. When she told me they were organizing this event and asked if I’d be interested in helping get the food/drink portion of the evening together, I jumped at the opportunity. Shortly thereafter, we recruited Chris Sheppard, who has been a part of the Ottawa skate scene for many years, and whose involvement has been not only been pivotal to the program, but also hilarious.

It’s been incredible to watch the support of local businesses, chefs and breweries pour in. We’re lucky to live in a city that supports these efforts.

What can guests expect at the 4 Local Chefs 4 Local Breweries 4 Pivots Sake dinner?

As anyone who’s visited any of the participating restaurants is aware of, these chefs know their way around a plate of food. You can except to leave (or stay for the afterparty) with a belly full of expertly prepared dishes made with local ingredients (some provided by Ottawa Farmer’s Market vendors), local brews, a raffle filled with some killer donated goods from local businesses and restaurants as well as a silent auction with some bigger-ticket items. We’re expecting the evening to be casual and fun, with a strong focus on community.

Will the dishes be paired with specific beers?

Each chef (Briana Kim – Café My House,  Jamie Stunt – Gold Medal Plates Winner 2012, Steve Harris –Two Six {Ate}, Marc Doiron – Town) has been paired up with one of our participating breweries (Ashton Brewing Co, Beaus All Natural, Nickelbrook Brewing Co and Clocktower Brew Pub) and will create their dishes to pair with the beer they’ve chosen. There are so many wine and food pairing events and we wanted to mix things up a little and show people how and why these beers work with food.

Where can tickets be bought?

Tickets can be purchased for $60 at Antique Skate, through our Eventbrite page (http://4pivotssake.eventbrite.ca/) or through myself, Cait Powers or Chris Sheppard.

In addition to four great chefs, guests will be treated to dessert from Auntie Loo's Vegan Treats and Pascale's All Natural Ice Cream.  If you're still wanting the party to go there's an After Party at Mugshots featuring DJs Pat Johnson and Palm D'or.  Advance tickets are $5 (available at Antique Skate Shop) and $7 at the door.

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