Beer-battered chicken biscuit, creamsicle doughnut await you at Big Biscuit Showdown

Rise biscuits are the star of the newly rebranded Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken.
Rise biscuits are the star of the newly rebranded Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken. NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

The Big Biscuit Showdown is an apt description of a competition whose winner goes home with a Big Biscuit Showdown belt – plus some bragging rights.

The second annual event features 13 teams of chefs from Rise Biscuits Donuts – from across North Carolina, plus Richmond, Va. – paired with local breweries and beverage companies. Each chef is tasked with making a biscuit and doughnut with creative toppings and fillings that can be paired with the beverage companies’ drinks.

The event is Thursday, July 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Rickhouse in downtown Durham.

Guests taste and then vote for their favorite combination.

This year’s biscuit and doughnut creations and pairings are:

▪ Rise Cameron Village & Trophy Brewing Company

▪ Rise Carrboro & Steel String Brewery

▪ Rise Charlotte Ballantyne & Ponysaurus Brewing

▪ Rise Charlotte Steele Creek & D9 Brewery

▪ Rise Durham Southpoint & Bean Traders Coffee

▪ Rise Greensboro & Preyer Brewing

▪ Rise Holly Springs & Carolina Brewing Company

▪ Rise North Raleigh & Neuse River Brewing

▪ Rise Wilmington & Iron Clad Brewery

▪ Rise Brier Creek & Fair Game Beverage, The Brothers Vilgalys and Crude Bitters

▪ Rise Downtown Durham & Fullsteam Brewery

▪ Rise Morrisville & Wicked Weed Brewery

Preliminary menu items include: Lemon-mascarpone filled donut with a blueberry icing and maple cream drizzle; Orange Creamsicle donut with an orange zest cream filling and orange glaze on top; Pancetta, Smoked Gouda, and a seasoned oven-fried tomato biscuit; Smoked Beef Brisket Biscuit with caramelized onions, coleslaw, and a green-hatch chile aioli; and Pickled Shrimp on a biscuit with dilly green beans, cherry tomatoes and a green goddess dressing.

Tickets are $50. Proceeds go to the Duke Cancer Institute’s Give 1 For Dad campaign, which is raising money to launch a clinical trial to test a new approach to treat advanced prostate cancer patients.

Tickets can be bought in advance at The Rickhouse is at 609 Foster St.

Jessica Banov: 919-829-4831, @JessicaBanov