Sunday, August 26, 2012

Southern Classics & Beer Pairing

So I was still quite scarce last week.

One: because I haven’t gotten back into the blogging groove after my surgery (i’m back this week, though!)

Two: I was preparing for my first paid “catering” gig. Yah, It was for a good friend of ours, but it still counts! 😉 He just finished  a complete renovation on a house he bought and has had this “family” dinner idea in his head all along. He was going to hire someone to cook and I said, “Hey, I’ll do it!!” And that’s how it all started.

For the first event, he requested “Southern-Style” food to go along with the southern feel he was going for with his home. Then, hubs had the (genius) idea to turn it into a beer pairing. Done & Done.

We put our noggins together and here’s the menu we came up with:

I created the menu FIRST and then we went to Total Wine to peruse the craft beers section and find beers to compliment each dish. We bought a bunch of singles (one of the glorious perks of Total Wine), went home, iced them down, and then did a taste test of each of them (making sure the flavors would match my dishes). Thank goodness we did this trial run, because we ended up ditching two that were G-ROSS! We had to go back and find replacements, but eventually ended up with 5 winners!

Get excited… this week I’ll be taking you through the menu and giving you the recipes for all the meals and reviews of the beers we chose!

Up tomorrow: Fried Green Tomatoes!

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14 Responses to “Southern Classics & Beer Pairing”

  1. 1

    Shawnda — August 26, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Sweet. Baby. Jesus. That looks like a killer menu!

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    Aggie — August 26, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Fun!! Congrats on the catering gig 🙂 and hope you’re on the mend. Awesome menu.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 26, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    genius idea indeed! this sounds like an incredible menu!

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    Jessica Lynn — August 27, 2012 @ 1:58 am

    Oh man how I wish I was a fly on that table—sounds AMAZING!!!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 27, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    Oh My Gosh!!! The menu looks amazing!!! The brownie sundae sounds out of this world!

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    Sandra — August 27, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I would love to be a guest at this dinner party. Fantastic menu!

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    Stacy — August 27, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Can’t wait to see everything! What a great idea!

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    Charise — August 27, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Ahh, this sounds awesome! I always want to do themed multicourse sit-down dinners for friends, but it’s not really up a lot of my friend’s allies – they’d rather have random potlucks. Can’t wait to see all the recipes!

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    Kelly Davie — August 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Oh my! That sounds fabulous. I LOVE fried green tomatoes. My uncle used to make them for breakfast 🙂

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — August 27, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    This is absolutely amazing!! What a fun thing to plan, and I’m sure tasting the beer together wasn’t half bad either 🙂

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    Linda — August 28, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    This looks amazing but a lot of work. Just curious, how do you determine what to charge for this?

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 29, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    WOW! Sounds amazing! I wish I was friends with your friend, so I could be a guest and eat all this food. 😉

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    Danielle — October 22, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    This was awesome! I used this menu and your recipes for a beer pairing birthday dinner for my husband. We had four other couples and everything was a hit. I didn’t make the fried green tomatoes (obviously, it’s October), so I subbed in a cheese course of Munster and Great Lakes Eliot Ness. I also couldn’t get my hands on Cigar City, so I used a local red ale. Besides that I followed your recipes and suggestions to a T, and everone loved it! The hot bacon dressing and the chicken tenders and waffles got rave reviews – even from the vegetarian in the crowd. I gave them all your blog address, I’ll sure they’ll be visiting soon. Thanks for making me wife of the year!

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    Jesal — July 5, 2014 @ 4:12 am

    Ahh, this sounds awesome! I always want to do themed multicourse sit-down dinners for friends, but it’s not really up a lot of my friend’s allies – they’d rather have random potlucks.

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