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!