Friday, March 30, 2012

Memphis Beer Beat: Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Amerigo

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM


With spring rolling in, it seems that Memphis beer events are finally picking up once again after a very dry winter. And to kick off the season, the fourth installment of the Beer vs. Wine dinner series is coming up. For those who have not yet attended one of these events, the premiss is fairly simple: five courses are served paired with a different wine and beer for each dish, and attendees vote at the end of each course on which beverage better complimented their food. Votes are tallied at the end of the night, and so far, beer has walked away each time victorious. To keep things fair, Southwestern Beverage is sending along their wine and beer gurus, Bill Huddleston and Michael Barzizza. They not only arranged the beverage menu, but will also be present at the event to guide diners through the complexities of each pairing. The dinner will be held on April 10th at Amerigo, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Price is $60.00 a person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 761-4000 for reservations.


1st course:
Golden Tomato Soup garnished with Grana Padano Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley & croutons
Beer: Newcastle Founders Ale – England
Wine: Broadbent Vinho Verde

2nd course:
Mixed greens tossed with watermelon radishes, blood oranges, toasted almonds & a poppy seed vinaigrette
Beer: Abita Strawberry Harvest – New Orleans
Wine: Chandon Sparkling Rosè

3rd course:
Seared Pork Belly with succotash & truffled cornbread
Beer: Brick Mason Old Stock Ale – Atlanta
Wine: Bunnell Boushey-McPherson Syrah

4th course:
Hanger Steak with Beech mushroom ragout, roasted sunchokes finished with a roasted garlic jus
Beer: Gulden Draak – Belgium
Wine: L’Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Merlot

5th course:
Fruit tart with mascarpone & a lemon curd
Beer: Lindemans Cassis – Belgium
Wine: Caravella Limoncello

Also on the horizon, Local Gastropub will be hosting a “Homage to TV Dinners Past” Yazoo Beer dinner on April 11th. $35 a person plus tax and gratuity. Visit their website or call 473-9573 for details and reservations.


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