Great Raft Brewing is excited to announce an expansion of the brewery’s offerings this fall, with the opening of their new kitchen concept PROVISIONS BY GREAT RAFT BREWING. The brewery has recruited Chef Nick Simons, formerly of Wine Country and Southern Trace Country Club, to spearhead the new project.
“This is first and foremost a production brewery. However, conversations at the brewery almost always revolve around food and beer. For years we’ve wanted to execute our own culinary vision to complement our beer. The addition of Chef Simons allows for just that,” said Andrew Nations, brewery president and co-founder. “Our depth of style in brewing should be equally represented in our food. Our patrons can expect the same level of execution and innovation, with an unpretentious approach to food and beer pairings.”
Provisions by Great Raft Brewing will initially launch with a series of pop-up dining events from Chef Simons throughout the summer. Pop-ups are planned for July 14 (Wednesday), July 15 (Thursday), and July 22 (Thursday), with additional dates to be announced throughout the summer.
“This exciting opportunity provides me with a new creative license to challenge the idea of traditional brewpub faire in a creative and approachable way” said Chef Simons.
In addition to preparing for the launch of Provisions by Great Raft Brewing, the brewery is getting ready for a full summer schedule with a number of special beer releases and events throughout July and August.
– CHRISTMAS IN JULY (Wednesday, July 14, and Thursday, July 15) – It may not feel like Christmas, but the Tasting Room is ready to celebrate the season anyway! Wednesday, July 14, we’re teaming up with the Volunteers of America North Louisiana’s Visionaries group to host a toy drive. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy for a free pint that evening. Chef Nick Simons will be on site with his own spin on holiday classics. Thursday, July 15 is the big day. Santa’s coming to town! Chef Simons returns with another serving of Christmas dinner, and our friends from Dripp Donuts are dropping by with dessert. Have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy holiday classics performed by Everett Street Jazz.
– ATHLETIC AUGUST (monthlong) – Full event schedule rolling out soon, but expect to see fun runs, crossfit classes, yoga, and a bike event.
This story was featured on Brewbound.com on July 12, 2021 – https://www.brewbound.com/news/great-raft-brewing-announces-in-house-kitchen-led-by-chef-nick-simons