The biggest promotional event for the College of the Canyons Culinary Arts Program is going especially big for 2010. On Sunday, March 28, an event titled “Men are from Malt, Woman are from Vinos” pits Beer vs. Wine in a six-course meal. With each course, every guest gets a beer and wine pairing along with a vote. Bonus: there are some serious heavy hitters in charge of the pairings.
Organizer Gev Kazanchyan is a Professor of Culinary Sanitation, Environmental Health, Food Safety at College of the Canyons, Cal State University Northridge and El Camino College. Earlier this week, he said the idea was inspired by “He Said Beer, She Said Wine,” a food-pairing book written by Marnie Old and Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione. Not only does Kazanchyan want to raise money for College of the Canyons Culinary Arts Program, he plans to “showcase the talents of our faculty, create a lot of buzz in the beer community and bring attention to the best community college in the county.” College of the Canyons culinary instructors will prepare the food, and culinary students will work the event.
In wine’s corner, the ringleader is Elizabeth Schweitzer, the only master sommelier in Los Angeles and one of only eight female master sommeliers on the planet.
Team beer consists of six local experts: Manneken-Brussel Imports & Lost Coast Brewery rep Jay Baum, Beachwood BBQ chef-owner Gabe Gordon, Blue Palms Brewhouse proprietor Brian Lenzo, Stone Brewing Co. sales rep Nate Sellergren, Verdugo Bar/The Surly Goat co-owner Ryan Sweeney and Fifth Amendment Alehouse beer consultant Dave Watrous. Sweeney is a certified cicerone, and Lenzo, Sellergren and Watrous are all home brewers.
The event involves six total food pairings, three selected by the wine camp and three selected by the beer camp. The 1st Round is Cheese, the 2nd Round is an Entrée/Protein, and the 3rd Round is dessert. Both camps will work with culinary instructors to formulate the recipes.
Each guest is given a tasting menu scorecard, and will judge each course in favor of beer or wine.
In order to remain relevant and practical, beers are limited to $30 per bottle and wine is limited to $45 per bottle.
“Men are from Malt, Woman are from Vinos” runs from 2-5 PM at the Institute for Culinary Education (iCUE), home of the College of the Canyons Instructional Program for Culinary Arts and Wine Studies.