It was cold and blowing snow on the evening of February 25, 2012. But inside the Café at Ommegang, Chef Teddy Folkman – assisted by Ommegang Chef Christina Carrasco and the Café staff – put on a warm and welcoming first-time ever beer dinner. All 60 seats were sold out well in advance. For $55 per person our guests had an introductory beer tasting, then six enthusiastically created courses, each paired with a unique beer.
The amuse bouche was a piece of lovely fried pork belly, resting on a bed of blue cheese, with a dusting of Buffalo powder (a hot and spicy take-off on Buffalo wings) made by Chef Teddy. It paired beautifully with Duvel Single Ale. The appetizer was tomato bisque with lump crab and truffles, paired with Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale. The salad was arugula with burratta, fried lemon, and Witte dressing , paired with Duvel Golden Ale.
The short ribs with polenta and mustard greens were delectable and paired up with Three Philosophers. Then the bouillabaisse with mussels, halibut and jumbo shrimp knocked everyone’s socks off and was paired with Ommegang Abbey Ale. The dinner then wrapped with a dessert of French toast with mixed berries and shaved chocolate, paired with Ommegang Seduction Chocolate-Cherry Porter.
The dinner started at 7:00 with a greeting from Ommegang brewmaster Phil Leinhart and Chef Teddy, and concluded at 10 pm. Each course was preceded by brief remarks on the beer, the food and the pairing inspiration. Everyone went away happy, satiated with great food, enlivened by great beer, and left with a heightened sense of engagement with beer and food.
Join us on March 24 for our second Great Beer Deserves Great Food series dinner featuring Chef Ty-Lör Boring of Brooklyn, NY, who is currently competing for Top Chef of Texas.
Ty-Lör most recently worked Black Ops for locavore Almond Restaurants in New York. Born in Kansas City and trained in classic French and Asian cuisine, his style as a chef centers around the fusion of ingredients from the far east with seasonal farm to table emphasis. Ty-Lör is a master at creating simple, stunning dishes with a raw and sensual edge. He has traveled the world over learning different types of cuisines and melding those tastes in his own way.
Chef Ty-Lör will prepare a multi-course menu paired with Ommegang and Duvel beers, introducing each of the pairings and give us his insight into his pairings techniques.
Tickets go on sale March 1.
Call 607-286-4090 for more info and to purchase tickets.
Check back soon for a preview of the menu.