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Celebrate, support veterans at Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets


Celebrate, support veterans at Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets

08 Nov 2016

While many of the events for this year’s Savannah Food & Wine Festival have sold out, there are still tickets left for Q-Masters, Chefs +Vets from 8-11 p.m. Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at Service Brewing, 574 Indian St. Tickets are $59 and a military discount ticket is available for $49 for active duty and veterans with military ID. Those tickets must be purchased at Service Brewing or at Nine Line Apparel, 1732 E. President St.

Tickets include live music and a wide variety of craft beer, spirits and barbecue from some of the South’s most legendary pitmasters, grill masters and chefs, including Harrison Sapp and Griffin Bufkin from Southern Soul Barbecue in St. Simons Island; Kenny Gilbert from Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Jacksonville, Fla.; Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ BBQ in Savannah and Atlanta; Whitney Otawka of Greyfield Inn at Cumberland Island; David Carrier of Certified Burgers and Beverage in St. Simons Island; Matthew Raiford of The Farmer and The Larder in Brunswick; Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster in Hilton Head Island; and Michael Gottlieb of Wood’s Kitchen in Bloomingdale.

Unfortunately, Kent Rathbun of Kent Rathbun Concepts in Dallas and his younger brother Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s Restaurants in Atlanta were scheduled for several grilling events during the festival, including this one, but have had to cancel their appearance due to a serious family emergency. And while the news is upsetting, the Big Green Egg family stepped in to help keep the show running by recruiting the Ultimate Big Green Egg Ambassador, Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe.

Lampe is one of the most recognizable professional pitmasters in the world. He was inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame in 2014, and he’s routinely seen as a judge on shows like “Chopped,” “World Food Championships” and “American Grilled” (he appeared on the “American Grilled” episode filmed in Savannah). Lampe is also the author of the newly released cookbook, “Ray Lampe’s Big Green Egg Cookbook: Grill, Smoke, Bake & Roast.” He is also opening a restaurant featuring vibrant, dynamic, progressive, smoke-basted meat called Dr. BBQs in St. Petersburg’s Edge District in 2017.

And the reason there are still tickets left to this one-of-a-kind barbecue and craft brew event is due to the fact that it is a large fundraiser and event organizers want to sell 500 tickets to meet their goal. All proceeds from this event will go to the Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans, a Chatham-Savannah Homeless Authority initiative. Owners and operators of Service Brewing, Kevin Ryan and Meredith Sutton, say the Tiny House Project is a cause dear to their hearts and they have already raised $7,000 by donating $1 from every tour for the past several months. According to Sutton, it costs $7,000 to build one house and they are hoping to raise enough money to help build more houses for this cause.

Learn more about the Tiny House initiative here. The Tiny House model is at 704 Wheaton St. in the parking lot of the Savannah Baptist Center, and is available for tours by contacting 912-644-7945 or Groups and individuals are welcome to tour the model.


What: Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets

When: 8-11 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St.

Cost: $59; $49 with military ID in advance at Service Brewing and at Nine Line Apparel