|Theo Peck and Nick Suarez|
The event is the ingenious idea of competitive food cooks-turned-hosts, Nick Saurez and Theo Peck. Bobby Flay Throwdown watchers might remember Nick when he took down Flay in an epic hot dog throwdown.
Nick and Theo launched The Food Experiments several years ago in Brooklyn, NY, and since then have been the talk of the neighborhood. They are now on a national tour sponsored by The Brooklyn Brewery and will stop at the World Café Live on June 5th for a local competition – with cheese as the main ingredient.
What differentiates The Food Experiments?
They’re all about showcasing the local community and the grassroots passion/hard work of food lovers, bloggers and others to create a food party. Each neighborhood and city has its own take on food and that’s what they want to highlight. The Food Experiments Tour involves all local amateur chefs, has local sponsors, and gives a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.
What’s the connection to Philly Beer Week?
Nick and Theo both love craft beers and believe nothing is better than a beer and cheese pairing, especially during Philly Beer Week. Brooklyn Brewery is a major sponsor of The Food Experiments Tour, as it’s trying to become more of a regional brand. They are a huge part of the Brooklyn community, offering tours and nightly events, and are now reaching out to a larger audience. All the taps at the World Café will be serving Brooklyn brews during the Philly Experiment.
Quick, fascinating story: Brooklyn Brewery makes a beer called Black Ops. It is aged in bourbon barrels and brewed in the cover of darkness. The rumor, according to Theo, is that either the Pentagon or the White House made a special order to send members of the Seal Team Six as a reward for vanquishing Osama bin Laden.
What are they looking forward to eating while in Philly?
Sandwiches, not cheesesteaks. Nick and Theo both know that Philly is a sandwich mecca and want to try the best of best. Sounds like they need to join our Sandwich Quest. They are asking for suggestions for their Friday food crawl before the Experiment. Tell us what you suggest and we will let them know.
Will the Phillies take the World Series this year?
Who: Anyone – first come first served, limited to 20-25 cooks. Sign-up here.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 day of event. Click here to buy tickets.
Tony Luke, Owner of Tony Luke's
Emilio Mignucci, DiBruno Bros.
Maria Valetta, Wine Specialist/Educator and Freelance Writer
Watch a short video about the Food Experiments at http://vimeo.com/7529495.