Photograph by Cambria Griffith
Beachwood BBQ chef Gabe Gordon was contemplating the seemingly imminent end of days (seriously, it’ll only be a matter of time), and commented to Gev Kazanchyan—founder of the famed food and drink pairing series DioNicEss—how great it would be to host a zombie-themed beer pairing dinner, with all sorts of imaginative food that somehow related to the walking dead. Kazanchyan, also a public health professor, added that he could incorporate several colleagues of his that would be able to discuss zombification with attendees and provide professional insights on how best to survive a necromorph uprising.
The resulting dinner—composed of at least five courses—has temporarily been renamed DieN’Isis to honor the ancient Egyptian goddess of rebirth and reincarnation, and will focus on the chronological elements of transformation:
- The cause (are you a slow runner?)
- Death (it happens to even the best of us)
- Decomposition (break it down)
- Reanimation (think live octopus, still wriggling)
- BRAAAIIIINS!! (a trio of them, no less)
- Bored with brains (because no parts should go to waste)
- Skeletal remains (pick them bones clean), and
- The cure (using a special caffeinated treat from Portola Coffee Lab, which could bring anyone out of a zombie-like state)
And each course—NOT for those that have any dietary, philosophical, or emotional limitations whatsoever—will be expertly paired with similarly themed beers, each brewed specifically for this event by Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, Monkish Brewing Co., Phantom Carriage Brewery, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, and The Bruery.
Speakers covering topics related to the undead include a pharmacologist, an expert in forensics, and a neuroscientist, among others. They will guide guests through what they might expect in a zombie apocalypse, and how best to prepare themselves “should” one ever occur.
Tickets ($80 each) will be available for sale after 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, November 10.
DieN’Isis: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Dinner Workshop | Sunday, December 9 | 5 p.m.
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, 210 E 3rd St., Long Beach
(Disclosure: I have cooked for and helped with several DioNicEss events in the past. I continue to assist with their P.R. and media outreach, though I receive zero compensation from my involvement. It’s just something creative and fun that I enjoy being a part of.)