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New Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets festival event benefits Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans


New Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets festival event benefits Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans

02 Nov 2016

When the organizers for the Savannah Food & Wine Festival realized this year’s week-long event fell on Veterans Day, it seemed obvious to reach out to veteran owned and operated craft brewery Service Brewing Co. to put together a barbecue block party to benefit a worthy cause.

The Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets event will take place from 8-11 p.m. Nov. 11 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.

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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; Kent Rathbun of Kent Rathbun Concepts in Dallas; Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s Restaurants in 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.

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 that is 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.

She says the goal of the Savannah project is to build a total of 72 houses, along with three community buildings that include a community kitchen.

“All houses are equipped with a small kitchen and bathroom,” she says. “... Once the property is ready, an application process will begin.”

The couple says homelessness among veterans is alarming in Savannah and that many of these veterans also have medical needs.

“It’s amazing what a roof over someone’s head can do,” Sutton adds. “... It gives them a chance to be proud of where they are and to have some pride and function in society better. They can get up in the morning and take a shower and put on clean clothes and go to work. It makes a huge difference in their lives.”

Ryan, a veteran of the Army, says they have supported dozens of veteran charities in the past, but he’s never seen so much community support for a charity like he’s seen with the mission of the Tiny House Project. “It’s exciting to get a community built,” Ryan says.

“For this event, we’re going to close down the street and have a big party,” he says. “We’ll have live music with Anders Thomsen, lots of great chefs doing some Big Green Egg cooking and some with their own set-ups and open-fire cooking.

“Of course, there will be a lot of good beer. If you don’t have the meat sweats when you leave, then you didn’t eat enough,” he jokes.

“Our goal is to sell 500 tickets,” Sutton adds. “If that happens, then yes, this will be the biggest event we’ve ever had.”

For more information on the Tiny House initiative, go to The Tiny House model is parked 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 at Service Brewing and Nine Line Apparel