120 VIP guests enjoyed the warm Colorado evening under the tent at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fort Collins. Brewmaster Katie Rippel worked with Moot House Executive Chef Jeffrey Blackwell to create four beer and food pairings for the guests to enjoy. First course was watermelon salad with feta cheese, pepitas and a pomegranate reduction paired with Budweiser. Second course was ahi tuna lomi lomi and pineapple scallion wonton paired with Michelob. The third course was Colorado lamb byriani, samosa gnudi and Chile infused chapati paired with Shock Top. Dessert was beer floats made with Walrus Brand ice-cream and Amber Bock or Shock Top. Kristin Candella, the Habitat Executive Director thanked the many sponsors of the event. Steve Taylor, outgoing Board President and owner of Moot House thanked everyone. Katie Rippel talked about working with the chef to plan the food and beer for the event. When guests finished eating it was time to meet Carter, the Clydesdale horse who posed for photographs with many of the guests.
In the meantime, the general event with over 400 guests was underway on the grounds outside the stables. Many area restaurants had tasting tents, there were carnival games to be played and the band Retro entertained the crowd. Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat joined Kristin Candella on stage to thank Kevin Fahrenkrog, The Anheuser Busch General Manager for all his efforts on behalf on Habitat for Humanity. The staff at ab just finished building their first house and are about to embark on a five garage building spree.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Fort Collins please check out their website at http://fortcollinshabitat.org