4 Rivers Smokehouse: A Night with John Rivers

Epicurean Theatre welcomes John Rivers, with 4 Rivers Smokehouse for a BBQ cooking class and beverage pairing on Friday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

John Rivers HeadshotMeat & Greet

John Rivers is preparing a few of his most popular 4 Rivers Smokehouse specialties. The menu will include 4 Rivers famous brisket, parmesan grits and pecan pie bread pudding. Each menu item will pair with a specialty beverage from Elevage.

Cooking class guests will not only enjoy delicious, mouth-watering southern dishes, but also a journey through leaving his career of twenty years in Healthcare to following his lifelong dream of owning a restaurant. Guests wishing to get an autograph of John’s first cookbook, The Southern Cowboy Cookbook, are welcome to pick up a copy at the nearest Barnes & Noble, Costco or Amazon.com and bring it to the cooking class.

About John Rivers

John Rivers has an impressive pedigree. Although he’s not a classically trained chef or graduate of culinary school, he’s been able to create one of the most successful BBQ chains in Florida. Rivers has been honored twice to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. For the past six years, he has participated in the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. He’s no stranger to television shows and national publications including Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Zagat.com, USA Today, Cigar Aficionado, Business Insider, Cooking Light Magazine, and Paula Dean Magazine.

About 4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse first began with the launch of the “Barbecue Ministry” in 2004, as a cooking fundraiser to support a local family whose child was battling cancer. The passion of supporting local schools, churches, and charitable organizations continued until smoking thousands of pounds of meat in the garage couldn’t cut it anymore. In 2009 John Rivers opened his first concept, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which quickly became one of the fastest growing restaurants in the southeast. With thirteen locations in Florida, and one soon opening in Atlanta, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is garnering national recognition. The Barbecue Ministry remains the foundation and focus of 4 Rivers Smokehouse.

Tickets for 4 Rivers Smokehouse: A Night with John Rivers cooking class are $65 per person and can be purchased on the Epicurean Theatre website here.