Ready yourselves for the pepper-eating contest that will scorch many a taste bud to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama. Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings at the corner of Airport and Hillcrest will be asking the question, “How hot can you go?” as contestants fight back the tears.

This is not a question of how many peppers one can eat, but more a test of heat. The contest will begin with a milder pepper and graduate to the hotter, more mouth-numbing varieties. A cup of milk will be placed in front of each competitor for the first to cry “uncle.”

The entry fee is $20 per person and space is limited. Only 20-25 contestants are expected. Those eager to put their mouth safety on the line should reserve a space today, although there is no deadline for entry. All contestants will receive a goody bag and the winner will receive a grand prize yet to be determined at the time of this writing.

There is no cost to watch this event, and Tony from 92ZEW will be there to emcee, console and wipe away the tears of the fallen. Call 25-341-0170 or email pnorris@efala.org to join this daring feat. Visit www.efala.org for more information.

Saisho partners with Fairhope Brewing for beer dinner
If you love the Asian-inspired cuisine of Saisho (I do) and crave the suds from our own Fairhope Brewing Co. (and I do), we have the event for you. Thursday, June 23, the two will be joining forces for the Saisho/Fairhope Brewing Co. Beer Dinner.

This five-course dinner is sure to have you racing to 455 Dauphin St. First course is poached daikon radish, bruleed miso and lobster salad served with Everyday Ale. The second course is the much-loved pork belly wrapped in wasabi leaf with black sesame, Somen noodles and Tsuyu sauce paired with one of my favorites, I Drink Therefore I Amber.

Chicken Karage is the highlight of the third course with charred Shishito peppers and Yuzo-Kosho hot sauce. This will wash down with the popular Fairhope 51.

(Take the) Causeway IPA must make an appearance. This time it will be with the grilled lamb spare ribs, pickled plum, carrot-barbecue sauce with charred eggplant.

Finishing strong, the dessert course is a chocolate sorbet, Yuzu Cremeux and black sesame shortbread with none other than the Judge Roy Bean Coffee Stout.

This is one you won’t want to miss. Price is $60 per person and the dinner begins at 6 p.m. To experience this marriage of flavors call 251-433-0376 for reservations. We will see you there.

Summer Gumbo classes are in the works
Our pal Bettie Champion is back at it again with classes for her Gumbo Academy. I can say that I have sampled the finished product and it is impressive. If you’d like to win friends by serving up the good stuff, full of gulf shrimp and blue crab, then learn from the best. The next event is July 18 or 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Government Street United Methodist Church. The lecture is $25, with an option for hands-on cooking at a grand total of $75 for a second class at a later date.

Call 251-458-1570 or email championbettie@hotmail.com.