BRAWLEY — “Good food, good beverage, good company and a good cause,” was the toast of the Beef and Beer Oktoberfest for Doctor Robert Moser of Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego at the Stockmen’s Club here Friday.
The popular event combined the festivity of the traditional German celebration with the humanitarian nature of the Catholic Charities of the Imperial Valley. The pairing was a match the cause and the festivities that matched the pairing between the beer and food, not to mention the lederhosen.
“It’s always special, in the sense of the community spirit, the decorations, the food, because you have to give the people a reason to come out, because they are in turn, going to give to you,” said Moser who has been affiliated with this event since the beginning. “We always want to give a good time because that will be a reflection on us.”
The evening began with a blessing from Father Tom Dermody of San Diego followed by a light mingling of appetizers and conversation, along with the musical sounds of the Frank Rote Oompa Band.
The event was sponsored by Brandt Beef and Alford Distributing, the two companies desiring to have an authentic Oktoberfest celebration.
The outside patio was filled with tables of both beer and food tastings, serving as the well-known “Bier Garten.”
“It was a pretty good turnout … sitting in the main room, space was a little sparse, but when you got to where the beer was, it was packed,” Moser said. “You have to walk the whole room to see all the people that are here, but it’s good.”
The main beer brands on display were Ballast Point, Arrogant Bastard, The Green Flash, and Firestone Walker.
There were three different course tastings, ‘The Frankfurt: Best of the Wurst,’ which featured Hinterland & “Ragin’ German” Brandt Beef Bratwursts and Champignon Sausages,, ‘The Rhineland’ featuring Sauerbraten a la Brandt Beef and the third was ‘The Munich’ which featured the crowd favorite, Brandt Beef Bavarian Brisket.
The night feast was capped by ‘The Vienna’ which featured the desserts, apple strudel, black forest cake, Cathy’s shortbread cookies, and Viennese coffee.
Tastings were prepared by Chef Cathy Shank, who was assisted by Chiquito and Stockmen’s Club staff.
With it being a fundraiser, there were both a live and silent auction where the funds raised would assist working poor families, seniors, and homeless men and women, and their children.
All proceeds from the event will be distributed to these Imperial Valley programs: Senior Nutrition Program, Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program, House of Hope, Our Lady Guadalupe Men’s Shelter and Food Resource Center.
“The sincerity of this event is what is truly special,” Moser said. “This is not a tuxedo, high society event with speeches and dry chicken There are people here from all walks of life trying to get together and help our agency help the less fortunate of the Valley.”