Brewery News: WA: Ellensburg: Iron Horse hires Chef Kevin “KC” Camarillo to provide food to the brewery's pub

Press Release

ELLENSBURG, WA  (January 7, 2016)- After 11 years of operating as tasting room, Iron Horse Brewery is announcing that food service will soon be available at [ the pub ].  The time is now, according to a bunch of customers who have been asking for in house food to be available. Chef Kevin “KC” Camarillo has joined the Iron Horse Brewery cousinhood to ensure the new food options parallel the high quality they expect from their brews. In his 25.5 years of foodservice experience KC has helped start over 15 restaurants and was the executive chef at two separate universities. His culinary expertise is the perfect match up to Iron Horse’s raw enthusiasm for great tasting food.  

“If there is one thing to understand about our food, it is that we see a gap between diversity of options and focused beer and food pairing. Our goal is to close that gap”, said Greg Parker owner and general manager of Iron Horse Brewery. “Food that is specifically made with our beer in mind ensures that we better get it right, like, all of the time”, commented Parker.

Why Now?
The decision to put food on the menu came after several years of deliberation, but  they chose 2016  because of demand, a desire to create distinct food & beer pairing options, and in part, because of the recent survey conducted by Arnett Muldrow, commissioned by the EDA and Chamber of Commerce which identified food service as driver for greater tourism numbers.  “Our focus has been and continues to be one that helps drive new and repeat customers to Ellensburg”, said Jared Vallejo, director of marketing. “We want to do our part in making Ellensburg a real tourist destination, where all businesses and community members benefit from a prosperous core”, added Vallejo.  “Also, we know that quaffing and masticating go hand in hand, so there’s that” commented Vallejo.

Details
The kitchen start date is tentatively set for the first week of March.  [the pub] will add to the culinary cultural richness of Ellensburg by integrating styles, ingredients, and concepts from all regions and mindspaces.

“We have waited to take this big step into food until we were sure that we were capable of doing it right. We are ready and excited to share it.” Retail manager Suzanne Vargas managed to say.
“Much like our beer, food at [ the pub ] will include risks and break rules in ingredients as well as pairings.” Retail Manager, Vargas added.  Operating Hours and age restrictions (21 and over) will remain unchanged. The menu will feature vague,  unique-to-Ellensburg options that they have yet to fully realize.

ABOUT THE CHEF IN  LABEL:ANSWER FORM
Name:  Kevin “KC” Camarillo
DOB:                   Disco Era
Birthplace:           Bellflower, Ca
Experience:         Sweating in the kitchen since the early 90's
Education:           Survivor of 12 years of Catholic school and Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Favorite Artists:   Tim McGraw, Foo Fighters, Sinatra, AC/DC, Elvis, and Tool
Favorite Movie:    “Tortilla Soup”
Favorite Book:     “Life, on the Line” by Grant Achatz
Favorite Beer:    Mountain Avenue Wheat by CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing
Hobbies:              Outdoorsy shit
Guilty Pleasure:   Britney Spears and Dr. Pepper on ice               
Bucket List:          Mountain bike the Pacific Crest Trail

About Iron Horse Brewery
Centrally located in Ellensburg, WA, Iron Horse Brewery is owned by father-son team Gary and Greg Parker. The brewery has been producing hand crafted ales since 2005 and is growing at a pace they probably cannot handle. If for some reason you’re still still reading this and you’d like to learn more about the brewery, visit www.ironhorsebrewery.com.
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