A carnivorous little bird says the link to buy tickets to Burning Beast—the world's funnest, most delicious, meatiest feast in a field, cooked by Seattle's best chefs, happening on Sunday, July 15th—will be posted on Facebook at 9 a.m. tomorrow. They tend to sell out fast.
Organizer Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata) has hand-picked the all-star cast of barbecuers, and while this is not 100% confirmed, it appears that these people (among lots of others) are on board:
· the newly James-Beard-awarded Matt Dillon (Sitka & Spruce, the Corson Building) · the Creole-food-truck king Matt Lewis (Where Ya At Matt) · the boar's-head-on-the-wall Charles Walpole (Blind Pig Bistro) · the marvelous Quillisascut Farm's Karen Jurgensen · the awesomely named Russ Flint (Rain Shadow Meats) · the fantastic-pasta-and-meat maker Mike Easton (Il Corvo)
Let's just say it—a lot of food events are terrible, especially big ones that cost a bunch of money with herds of people lining up to get little plates of food. But Burning Beast is not in an awful conference room with terrible lighting—it's at the very lovely Smoke Farm, out in the country an hour north of Seattle, where (god willing) it will be hot and sunny, and there is a river to swim in. Also, the roster of chefs is consistently outstanding, and the plates of food tend to be actually too big (pacing is key).