I have heard certain food can increase your risk for gout.

Yes. Excessive amounts of alcohol, meat, seafood, and high fructose corn syrup can predispose to gout. Overeating and obesity are also risk factors.
Diet and gout. Tart cherry juice is effective against gout; avoid organ meats; fatty meats and alcohol will aggravate gout. Avoid these. Also, drink at least 3 liters fluid per day - this may enhance uric acid excretion - and if you incline diet successfully to mostly whole grain, fruit, and veggies, using egg white for protein, then uric acid levels will come down.
Yes. Foods high in purines like red meats, shell fish, dry beans, black eyed peas, beer and wine.
Gout. Usually proteins such as red meats can make gout worse.