Press Release: HopChef Dallas


Live near Dallas and love beer and food? We’ve got your 11/3 dinner plans right here!


Brewery Ommegang brings its national food and beer pairing competition, HopChef, to Dallas on November 3 at 6:30PM at 3015 at Trinity Grove. HopChef Dallas is the signature kick-off event for 2014 North Texas Beer Week and is sure to be the hottest (and tastiest) ticket in town. The event will bring together Dallas’s top beer-forward chefs under one roof to pair dishes with a variety of Ommegang’s ales and to compete for the title of Dallas HopChef 2014. Tickets, which are now on-sale at TicketLeap, are the only way to take part in the HopChef.

Six beer-forward restaurants have been selected to participate including Meddlesome Moth, Blind Butcher, Common Table, FM Smokehouse, Whiskey Cake, and Libertine.

“We’re thrilled to finally bring HopChef to Dallas and to kick off Dallas Beer Week with a night of beer, food, and fierce but friendly competition,’’ said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “The food and craft beer scenes in Dallas are hotter than ever and we can’t wait to see the culinary showdown unfold in the Big D.”

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, each paired with a specific Ommegang beer, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees to taste and score.

The winner of HopChef Dallas receives a prize package from culinary leaders such as Cuisinart and Shun, a 3-liter trophy from Brewery Ommegang, and some serious bragging rights.

Tickets are available for $60 each and may be purchased at TicketLeap. Admission includes samples of each chef’s signature dish and accompanying Ommegang beers as well as a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass. 3015 at Trinity Groves is located at 3015 Gulden Lane, Dallas, TX 75212.

HopChef competitions have been delicious and wildly popular in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Washington DC. Relive, follow, and add to the action on Twitter and Instagram with #HopChef.

Denver’s Jensen Cummings wins HopChef title at BCTC

Have you heard about HopChef? HopChef is our national culinary competition. We hold a handful of events around the country in major metro areas, challenging beer-forward chefs to create a perfect pairing with one of our beers.

Last October, we held a small HopChef event at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. That’s where we met Chef Jensen Cummings. He won the Denver event and then 10 months later he came to Cooperstown and took home the national title at our HopChef Finale at BCTC last weekend.

Learn more about Jensen’s dish and the competition in the press release below. You can look back at the #HopChef action on Twitter and Instagram.

Denver’s Jensen Cummings wins HopChef title at BCTC

Brewery Ommegang and SAVEUR Magazine’s 2014 HopChef season ended on a delicious note on August 9 in Cooperstown, NY with a fierce competition between four regional HopChef winners.  In the end, Jensen Cummings, of Denver’s The BSide, edged out his competitors with his dish of Tender Belly pork meatballs paired with Witte, Ommegang’s award-winning wheat ale.

Cummings’ competition included Chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market Miami in Miami, Chef Ben Puchowitz of Cheu Noodle in Philadelphia, and Chef Johnny Sheehan of New World Tavern in Plymouth, MA. Each chef won a HopChef competition in their respective cities in order to compete at the finale in Cooperstown.  Saturday’s competition elicited deep focus from the chefs while an exclusive group of festival attendees who secured admittance through a Facebook lottery clamored after the imaginative dishes.

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“We are always blown away by the taste and presentation of the HopChefs’ dishes and this year was no exception,” said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang.  “Without a doubt, this was the toughest competition we’ve seen to date. The dishes were delicious and unique and each paired so perfectly with their chosen Ommegang beers. The judges really had a hard decision on their hands this year and I could have seen any of the chefs walking away with the title.”

In additional to serious bragging rights, Cummings also receives a spotlight position on the SAVEURTastemakers™ chef advisory board, a spotlight in SAVEUR Magazine & StarChefs.com editorial, a showcase with Brewery Ommegang at the StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress and a showcase station with Brewery Ommegang at the SAVEUR Summer BBQ, both in New York.

HopChef is part of Ommegang’s Great Beer Deserves Great Food® initiative — dedicated to the advancement of great beer as a perfect complement to fine fare. HopChef will make its Dallas debut on November 3 at 3015 at Trinity Groves.

While the Hop Chefs battled it out, more than 3,000 beer lovers enjoyed the rest of the festivities at “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown,” Ommegang’s annual beer festival.  In its 11th year, BCTC was infused with a Vegas theme and featured more than 75 breweries and importers pouring Belgian and Belgian-style beer, a cigar tent, skydivers, circus performers, live music, and fireworks. BCTC began Friday night with a five-course VIP dinner paired with Duvel family beers.

Jensen Cummings announced as HopChef winner

Miami HopChef Competitors Draft Their Ommegang Beers


Miami’s beer-forward HopChef competitors and their beer pairings are:Miami HopChef competitors took part in a “Draught Draft” on Tuesday, April 8 at the Biltmore Hotel’s 19th Hole. Following a guided tasting by our Miami Market Manager Jessica Suarez, each chef randomly selected a style of beer that will then be used to pair with their culinary creations during the HopChef competition at the Biltmore Hotel on April 28.

Miami’s beer-forward HopChef competitors and their beer pairings are:

Participating chefs are now starting to develop their dishes and pairing strategies.  Miami foodies and beer-enthusiasts have a chance to try the Ommegang beers at participating chefs’ restaurants leading up to the competition.  Stay tuned for more opportunities to get in on the local HopChef action!

HopChef Tickets

To attend the HopChef Competition and taste the beer and food pairings, tickets are available for $75 each at http://hopchef2014.ticketleap.com/Miami


Announcing HopChef Competition coming to Boston on May 21st!



For the second consecutive year, Brewery Ommegang is bringing its acclaimed HopChef competition to the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts on May 21st. Leading local chefs will face off in a beer and food pairing culinary competition using Ommegang’s Belgian style ales to compete for the title of Boston’s HopChef 2014.  This year’s line-up of competing chefs includes:

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills to be judged by a panel of esteemed beer and food-industry professionals.  The Boston judging panel includes StarChef.com’s Will Blunt, Craigie on Main Chef Tony Maws and Brewbound.com Editor Chris Furnari, with more to be announced shortly.

Join us in Boston on May 21st to sip, savor, spectate, and vote for your favorite beer and food pairing!


Competition Details:

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Time:  7:00 – 10:00pm

Location:The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116


Tickets are $65 each and include samples of each chef’s signature dish, accompanying Ommegang beers, a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass, People’s Choice voting, music and merriment!

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HopChef Miami


Monday, April 28, 2014


The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, Florida 33134


Tickets are $75 and include samples of each chef’s signature dish and accompanying Ommegang beers as well as a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass.

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Panel includes Celebrity Chef Michael Schwartz, Prime 112 Head Chef Mike Sabin, Pubbelly Chef Jose Mendin, Master Cicerone Neil Witte, and StarChefs Managing Editor Will Blunt.

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