I had a little beer dinner at my house last Saturday night. Anyone who knows me knows I love beer dinners. Going to them is what really got me into beer and food. I think they are a perfect way for people who may otherwise not try some beers to get into them. They showcase what beer and food can do together and how beer can make a meal special.
Quoting Garrett Oliver in The Brewmaster's Table, "And this is what real beer can do: it can make every single decent meal that you have an interesting and memorable flavor experience. It can be something that will light up your senses and make you actually want to pay attention to what's happening on your palate. Paying that little bit of attention, both to your food and to your beer, is the difference between having an 'OK' culinary life and having one filled with boundless riches of flavor. Learn a little bit about the amazing variety and complexity of flavor that traditional beer brings to the table and in return I promise you a better life." See? Doesn't that sound awesome?
So I planned for five courses all paired with beer and invited some people over. This is the second beer dinner I've put on for friends where I cooked all the courses. I ended up repeating a few of the dishes from the last one I did since it was all different guests. I think everything ended up pretty successful. Here's a little summary of the courses along with some snapshots.
5. But there's still room for dessert! Or, in this case, breakfast. French toast with strawberry syrup paired with Wake-n-Bake from Terrapin. I used Challah bread and cooked up some strawberries with maple syrup. Coffee stout with french toast. What more could you want? This is a picture of some I had the next morning with a little bacon on the side. The bacon was not included in the dinner :P
So thanks so much to those of you who came. I hope you had a good time and enjoyed everything. I had a lot of fun cooking for you guys :) ♥
Can't wait for the next one!