Seattle, WA – To some this notice might seem salt in the wound, but to others this will hopefully drive home that a craft beer dinner at Art of the Table is not to be missed. A few weeks ago, those of us that are active newsletter subscribers received notice that after a short hiatus Art of the Table is doing another craft beer and food pairing. Like most people we immediately contacted the powers that be, and indicated our interest to be at that dinner. As it turns out we were more fortunate than some to get on that very list.
Featured on March 31st and starting approximately at 6:30 PM, you are invited to join chef Dustin Ronspies and wholesale beer distributor Matt Younts (of the award winning Click Wholesale), on another journey through the artisan food and craft beer experience. The beer featured at this dinner is Santa Rosa, California favorite Russian River.
1st Course Paired with Russian River Damnation
- Potato, Leek & Pancetta Fritter with Herb Aioli
In the great beer producing country of Belgium, some brewers have made it a tradition to give their beers an unusual name. Sometimes the name is curious, now and then it is diabolical and other times it is just plain silly. Damnation is our brewmaster's interpretation of a Belgian style Strong Golden Ale. It has extraordinary aromas of banana and pear with mouth filling flavors of sweet malt and earthy hops. The lingering finish is dry and slightly bitter but very, very smooth.
7.0%ABV / 1.068 O.G / 25 BUs
2nd Course Paired with Russian River Temptation
- Tunisian Carrot Salad, Roasted Beets, Pine Nuts, Harissa Vinaigrette
"Aged in French oak wine barrels for twelve months with distinct characteristics of fruit and subtle oak" sounds more like a description of wine than beer. However, Temptation is indeed beer. Temptation is a Blonde Ale aged in French oak chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces. Flavors of wine and oak absorb into the brew throughout its aging. Temptation is re-fermented in the bottle to create its carbonation--a process commonly used to make fine champagne and sparkling wine. Spent yeast forms a thin layer of sediment to remain in the bottle.
7.25%ABV / 1.062 O.G / 27 BUs
3rd Course Paired with Pliny the Elder
- Marinated Grilled Organic Chicken Skewer, House Pickle, Chili Oil, Lemongrass Dashi
Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, "Lupus salictarius", meaning wolf among scrubs." Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle's legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
8.0%ABV, 1.071 O.G
4th Course Paired with Russian River Supplication
- Sicilian Fresh Tuna Ragu, Housemade Spaghetti, Olives, Fried Capers
5th Course Paired with Russian River Consecration
- Braised Lamb, Quinoa, Currants, Red Wine Sauce
Consecration is a dark Belgian style ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Not only do we use Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus, we also add currants to beer while it is aging in the barrels.
6th Course (Dessert)
- Trio of Beer Floats with House-made Ice Cream
March 31st, 2010 6:30 PM
Russian River Dinner with Matt Younts, Art of the Table
1054 North 39th street, Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 282-0942
Greetings, friends and food lovers! Welcome to Art of the Table, an intimate dining establishment located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, focused on bringing people together to dine in a communal fashion and to enjoy the bounties of the table, a trait that is all but lost in today's society. By sourcing fresh ingredients and local foods, world-traveled chef Dustin Ronspies creates his "art" through passion and love, both for the meals he creates and for the guests that dine at his table. Come join us as we host the "Weekend Supper Club," a dinner party experience featuring a prix-fixe menu created by Chef Dustin using ingredients fresh from the local farmers markets. Dinner begins at 7 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays weekly and is by reservation only. Click here for menus. We look forward to dining with you at our table.
In 1997, Russian River Brewing Company (RRBC) was founded by Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville , California . Vinnie Cilurzo was hired as the Brewmaster. At the Great American Beer Festival in 1999, RRBC and Vinnie were awarded "Small Brewing Company of the Year" and "Small Brewing Company Brewmaster of the Year". In 2002, Korbel decided to leave the beer business and sold the brewery to Vinnie and his wife, Natalie. Now located in Santa Rosa , California –source, Russian River Brewing Company