Beer vs. Wine vs. the Queen of Awesome

8 Dec

Time to break out the fancy font because last night was the second Beer v. Wine Dinner at the Common Table. And it was amazing.


First, it was really cool to have people come up to me and say things like, “Oh, you’re that food blogger.” Look at me! People actually respect my opinions about food (maybe; there’s no proof they’ve actually read my potty-mouthed prose). Also, now I have to tput forth effort. Dammit!


The Beer v. Wine Dinner is just like it sounds. You eat dinner and you pick which goes with it better, beer or wine.


You’re given a delicious five-course meal created by Chef/Wizard Mike Smith. Each course comes out with a beer selected by Common Table’s in-house cicerone and a wine picked by wine expert (I’m so sorry, I forgot their names … I blame the alcohol). Then you eat and drink like the gods.


The meal was beyond excellent. Truthfully, they could have served human blood with the dishes and I wouldn’t have cared in the slightest. Needless to say, it was really difficult picking beer or wine with most of the courses.


So how do you pick? You are given cards and you circle what you preferred with each course. The votes are tallied and each beverage wins a round. Five courses, five rounds of fabulous food and booze.


I was basically drunk after the salad. The salad was course number two.


Regardless, last night ended in a dead tie. As in vote-for-vote tie for the entire night. So the experts really did their jobs well.


The next Beer vs. Wine Dinner at the Common Table isn’t scheduled until June of 2012. So there’s plenty of time to save up the $80 cost. And if that sounds like too much, you shut your damn mouth. You get five awesome beers, five awesome wines, and food that you’d punch your mom in the goody box for. Oh, and we went home with some glasses, also.


I can’t wait until the next one. Hell, I can’t wait for the next specialty dinner at Common Table. Their food is seriously kick ass. Even if you don’t dig beer, you should go and check out their menu.


And speaking of menu, here’s what we ate last night (the friendly vegetarian modifications are in parentheses).


1st Course:

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with cannellini beans, tomatoes, and basil oil (no prosciutto for me)

Beer: Orval, Belgian Trappist

Wine: Fillaboa Seleccion Finca Monte Alto, 2008 Albarino


2nd Course:

Field Green Salad with dried cherries, pine nuts, goat cheese, and aged balsamic vinaigrette (Note: Holy shit, you guys, you have no idea how good this was.)

Beer: Ommegang Three Philosophers, Abt/Quadrupel

Wine: Il Poggione Rosso de Montalcino, 2008 Sangiovese


3rd Course:

Pan Seared Halibut with sun dried tomato and thyme polenta, toasted almond and artichoke cream (Note: This was so good, it made me want to have sex. TMI? Too bad.)

Beer: Duvel, Belgian Golden Strong

Wine: Ramey Sonoma Coast, 2008 Chardonnay


4th Course:

Herb & Garlic Roasted Beef Tenderloin (I had mushrooms) with roasted red onion cap filled with Yukon gold potato and Gruyere onion gratin finished with mushroom demi glace

Beer: Chimay Bleue, Belgian Strong

Wine: Chamisal Estete, 2008 Pinot Noir



Granny Smith Apple & Golden Raisin Bread Pudding with dark rum and Kahlua cream (Note: Pretty sure this dessert got me pregnant.)

Beer: Rochfort 10, Abt/Quadrupel

Wine: Sandeman “Royal Ambrosante” 20 Yr, Solera Pedro Ximinez Sherry

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