Brandt Beef To Participate in Chef Showdown Fundraiser

San Diego event raises funds to support the prevention of domestic abuse and sexual assault

BRAWLEY, Calif. – Brandt Beef – The True Natural, a single family owned, premium natural beef producer, announced today its participation in Chef Showdown 2008. The fourth annual culinary competition will be hosted by the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a non-profit agency dedicated to domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and intervention services. The event will be held on Thursday, October 2 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Legacy Plaza and Luce Court, NTC Promenade in Point Loma, Calif.

Chef Showdown is an “Iron Chef” style culinary competition featuring prominent chefs from some of San Diego’s top restaurants including: Barona, Café Chloe, Café Japango, Croces, El Bizcocho, Isabel’s Cantina, Marine Room, Oceanaire, Quarter Kitchen, Rancho Valencia, Urban Solace and Viejas. During the competition, two teams of six chefs will prepare a selection of dishes for a panel of local celebrity chef judges. The dishes will be evaluated on taste, presentation and creativity. Brandt Beef will be providing one of the “challenge ingredients,” which will be a surprise cut of beef that the chefs will prepare during the competition.

“At Brandt Beef, we are committed to giving back to our community and are honored to support CCS through the Chef Showdown,” said Eric Brandt, managing partner of Brandt Beef. “We encourage community members to help support CCS by attending this exciting culinary competition, where guests will be able to sample delicious foods and enjoy live entertainment.”

The Chef Showdown will be hosted by Bernard Guillas, executive chef of the Marine Room and Sam Zien, Emmy® award winner, known as “Sam the Cooking Guy.” In addition to the competition, guests will be able to sample foods and beverages from more than 25 San Diego restaurants. A silent auction will also be held during the event.

Funds raised through the Chef Showdown will support CCS programs for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and intervention. CCS is dedicated to creating communities free from violence through education, therapeutic services and legal advocacy. Tickets for the Chef Showdown are $125 and can be purchased at www.ccssd.org or by calling CCS at (858) 272-5777.

About Brandt Beef
Brandt Beef – The True Natural, is a single family owned premium natural beef producer for the up-scale restaurant and retail markets. The Brandt family is dedicated to sustainable practices and is passionate about producing the most consistent, highest quality, 100 percent source verified natural beef on the market. Through cattle selection, natural feeding practices and humane treatment of animals, Brandt Beef produces a product that is unparalleled in taste, tenderness and consistency. Brandt Beef received the Master Chefs’ Institute Seal of Excellence for its achievement in obtaining the Master Chefs’ Institute standard of quality. To obtain more information, get recipe ideas from Chef Tom McAliney or purchase various cuts of Brandt’s premium natural beef, please visit www.brandtbeef.pinnaclecart.com.

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Media Contacts:
Sara DeNio, Dresner Corporate Services, 312-780-7223, sdenio@dresnerco.com
Joshua Taustein, Dresner Corporate Services, 312-780-7219, jtaustein@dresnerco.com