For the second year in a row now, Fire Island Beer Company donated kegs of Lighthouse Ale to Kismet's annual Pig Roast to support the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. IAVA played an integral role in helping to pass the new GI Bill, and generally helps make sure that we uphold our end of the bargain to the men and women returning from those battlefields.
John preparing the roasting box
When John Blesso, the owner and manager of Chance, a beach house that caters to hard-core foodies in Kismet, first roasted a whole pig during the July 4th weekend in 2005, he wasn't expecting to be bombarded with Kismet's entire sharehouse community. The following year he ordered a larger pig, maxing out the capacity of his Caja China, a roasting box popularized by the whole-pig roasters in the Miami Cuban community. A couple of years ago, he decided to make the most of his annual event, and began requesting a voluntary donation to IAVA. Last year, we decided that this would be a great event for Fire Island Beer Company to support.
Ninety-one pounds of delicious oink fed one hundred people who mingled and ate and drank while supporting IAVA on the Fourth. Together they raised more than $1500 for IAVA and we were proud to be a part of it. There's nothing better than people having a great time for a great cause!
One roasted pig!
-- Special thanks to John Blesso for his help in preparing this blog post.