Passenger | Special NYE Chef Showcase & Beer Tasting

Sun Dec 31 2023 at 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Suffolk Punch Brewing - SouthPark | Charlotte

Suffolk Punch
Publisher/HostSuffolk Punch
Passenger | Special NYE Chef Showcase & Beer Tasting
Be our "Passenger" on this culinary adventure! Our amazing chefs will present authentic dishes from their home country with beers to pair!
About this Event


We had a crazy idea for ringing in the New Year in SouthPark...

To take our guests on a journey around the world, showcasing some favorite home recipes of our diverse culinary team! An evening where guests can interact with our chefs, hear their stories, learn cooking techniques, and taste authentic dishes you'd normally have to fly thousands of miles to experience.

Each guest will enjoy dishes from seven different countries and have an opportunity to interact with each presenting chef. Take-home recipe cards with where-to-buy the ingredient guides, will allow you to recreate these dishes at home!

Don't worry, we didn't forget about the beer. Each dish will have a beer that pairs perfectly with the flavors being served.

Ticket Includes:

  • Unlimited tasting of all 7 authentic dishes - Detailed menu below
  • Unlimited sampling of beer pairings
  • Recipe cards with detailed instructions and where-to-buy ingredient guides!

It's NYE - so plan to dress up, and get ready for this special culinary adventure!

**This experience is exclusive to our SouthPark taproom. Our South End location will be hosting our New Year's Punchin' Eve event for the 6th year running! Click HERE for more information on that event.


Vanessa Aquitania – The Philippines

Menu Item – Kare Kare

The origins of kare-kare—a peanut butter-based curry made with oxtail, tripe, and a wide variety of vegetables—are unclear, but there are a number of theories. It was invented in Pampanga, the culinary epicenter of the Philippines. Kare-kare has been with the Filipinos for hundreds of years. The kare-kare of today is ox-tail and tripe immersed in an achiote-tinted, peanut-flavored gravy, served with blanched vegetables on a separate platter, and shrimp paste served on the side. Its hearty reputation has led it to become the star of town fiestas, family potlucks, and Mama Sita commercial ads. Kare-kare evokes culinary elegance, tradition, and home.


Liliana Coreas – El Salvador

Menu Item – Beef Empanadas with Curtido

Salvadorian empanadas are a type of pastry that is typically filled with meat, cheese, or refried beans and then fried or baked. They are popular in El Salvador and other Central American countries, as well as in the Hispanic community in the United States. Empanadas can be served as a snack or as a main course, and they are often served with a dipping sauce such as salsa or guacamole. Empanadas are a type of pastry that is popular in many Spanish-speaking countries, including El Salvador. They typically consist of a dough that is filled with various ingredients, such as meat, cheese, or vegetables, and then fried or baked. Empanada filling Empanadas in El Salvador are typically served with mince meat and vegetables as their main filling. Fillings such as beef, chicken, pork, tuna, shellfish, cheese, and/or vegetables are popular because they are prepared with care and served with perfection.


Kelvin Marshall – Jamacia

Menu Item – Jerk Chicken with Scotch Bonet Cabbage

Jerk chicken is believed to have been conceived when the Maroons introduced African meat cooking techniques to Jamaica which were combined with native Jamaican ingredients and seasonings used by the Arawak Indians. Most historians agree Jamaica was settled by the Arawak Indians over 2500 years ago from South America. The legendary Mecca for Jerk is Boston beach on the northeastern end of Jamaica. here most of the vendors have built huts over fires directly on the beach like the maroons that came before them. The meat is cooked on pimento wood or sheets of metal used as griddles and sometimes covered with plantain leaves. The typical cooking style uses a marinade or paste that includes pimento, known as allspice and scotch bonnet peppers, similar to habanero. The meat is then marinated and slow smoked over pimento wood.


Lillian Grier – South Africa

Menu Item – Moroccan Harira

Harira is a staple food eaten traditionally during the month of Ramadan, when the tomato-based soup is served with a side of dates and a honey-soaked sweet treat known as chebakya following a day of fasting. Filled with lentils and vermicelli noodles or rice to thicken the mixture, as well as chickpeas and a blend of fresh herbs and spices, harira is the national soup of Morocco. Its roots, however, spread across the north African region known as the Maghreb, of which Morocco is a part. As with all Moroccan cuisine, preparing a pot of harira takes time. The chickpeas must be soaked, the lentils separated accordingly, the tomatoes perfectly spiced and boiled, and the blend thickened to perfection. After all, the name harira – often spelled ‘7arira’ given the pronunciation of the ‘h’ – comes from the Arabic word meaning smooth, which is the desired texture of the soup despite being filled with lentils and noodles.


James Kuzmik – Poland

Menu Item – Polish Perogies

Pierogis are an iconic food most usually associated with Polish culture, but actually, they’ve historically been made in different variations all throughout Eastern and Central Europe. Lots of families pass their pierogi recipes on to future generations, which means that there’s a lot to learn from this food. Pierogi come in many forms, served either as appetizers, main courses, or a dessert. At their core, they’re a dumpling that are first boiled, then fried to give them a bit of browning. When frying them, one common way to make them is with butter and onions, which adds a lovely delicate flavoring to the dough. Historically, these were considered a peasant food, but once the pierogi tradition was born in Europe, people’s taste for them grew. People of all classes, including nobility, quickly adopted them and with that rise in popularity, the number of variations started to grow.


Mark Levatino – Italy

Menu Item – Lasagna Rolls

One of the favorite Italian delicacies is the lasagna. And with its layers of tempting ingredients, lasagna is a common and beloved dish on the American-Italian dinner table. “Laganon” simply meant layers of pasta and sauce. It definitely wasn’t used to describe the traditional lasagna as we know it now. So, the name comes from the method the Greeks used, and it doesn’t stand for the ingredients it’s made with. “Laganon” just meant flat dough sliced in strips. Lasagna roll ups are a fun twist on a traditional meat lasagna. Tender lasagna noodles are filled with a delicious ricotta cheese mixture, topped with meat sauce, rolled up into individual portions, and topped with more cheese, making this the ultimate comfort food.


Michael Rayfield – Scotland & Wales

Menu Item – Irish Bangers & Colcannon Potatoes

You might be wondering how sausages ended up with the nickname "bangers." It dates back to World War I, when food shortages necessitated the use of fillers (mostly water) in meat. The high water content and tight casings often caused the sausages to explode during cooking. The term was widespread by World War II. These days, British and Irish people usually only use the term when they're referring to bangers and mash. However the potato might have come to Ireland, though, by the 1700s it was an integral part of meals for at least a third of Ireland’s population. By the mid-18th century colcannon, a side dish of mashed potatoes mixed with garden-grown kale or cabbage, had emerged as a staple food. The ingredients joined ancient and modern Ireland; the ancestral diet in the country was heavy on kale and cabbage, and colcannon combined them with the more modern potato to create something hearty and filling that would keep the workingman satiated for a decent stretch of time.


Q: Will you also be serving your normal dinner menu this evening?

A: Our entire SouthPark facility will be dedicated to this event. Tickets are required to enter. Each chef will prepare and present their own dish so our normal menu will not be available this evening.

Q: Is this event kid-friendly?

A: Kids are always welcome, but the event is designed for adult diners and drinkers (and palates) and there will not be a kids menu. Kids 8 and under will not need a ticket to enter. Everyone else will.

Q: Can I get other drinks other than beer?

A: Paired beers are included in the ticket price. Additional drinks are available for purchase at our full bar.

Q: Do you offer a discount if I buy a ticket to the South End "New Year's Punchin' Eve" event?

A: Yes. At checkout, you will have the option to add-on a ticket to our New Year's Punchin Eve experience at a discounted rate.

Q: What is the refund policy?

A: No refunds. Similar to concerts or sporting events, all ticket sales are final. There will be absolutely no refunds unless the event is canceled. If the event is canceled, you will receive a refund. Tickets can be transferred to another party if you cannot attend.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Suffolk Punch Brewing - SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, United States


USD 65.00 to USD 149.00

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