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Intuition Ale Works teaming up with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen for Southern beer dinner

Photo by Fernandina Observer.

Photo by Fernandina Observer.

The sleepy little town of Fernandina Beach north of Jacksonville, Fla. has seen an uptick in interest lately among culinary circles. Sure, the area has been known to North Florida residents as a fun place to spend a summer afternoon at its eclectic bars and scattered eateries. It is also known as a place for a weekend of partying at the Isle of Seven Flags Shrimp Festival every year. But, aside from the posh restaurant at the nearby Ritz-Carlton, fine dining was something of a mystery to the area. So, when Chef Kenny Gilbert opened his Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in the historic town, it caused quite a stir. To celebrate his food as well as the burgeoning North Florida beer scene, Intuition Ale Works has teamed up Chef Gilbert to create a beer dinner that is sure to be as delicious as it is exciting.

Gilbert, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, started early in his culinary career with the encouragement and help of both his mother and his father. From his mother Gilbert learned the basics of cooking; measuring, preparing and presenting dishes. From his father, he learned the art of BBQ from grilling to saucing.

By age 11, the budding culinary virtuoso had cooked his first Thanksgiving dinner on his own to the delight of his proud parents. In high school he was known to cook meals for his swimming team after practices and meets. His cooking skills were lauded by all and it was no surprise when he expressed a desire to pursue cooking as a career.

According to his website, Gilbert, “…attended The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute where he received a degree in Culinary Arts. Upon graduation, Kenny relocated to Jacksonville, FL, where he joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as an apprentice in the garde manger kitchen of their Amelia Island property.  Kenny worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine at the age of 23 at the Ritz, helping to consistently secure the AAA Five Diamond Award for the property throughout his tenure there.”

Later, the Chef designed and opened the Jacksonville Beach favorite, Nipper’s Beach Grill a Caribbean-inspired eatery. He was also a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef television program.

For the beer dinner with Intuition Ale Works, the chef worked to create a menu supremely satisfying Deep South-inspired fare.

Starters (served family style)

  • Foie Gras Drop Biscuits / Summer Truffle Maple Butter
  • Baked Texas Oysters / Creamed Mustard Greens, Tasso Ham, Cornbread Gratin
  • Assorted Pickles

Paired with Intuition One Spark Kolsch.

Second Course (served individually)

  • Pimento Cheese Gnudi / Pulled Smoked Alligator Ribs / SC BBQ Emulsion / Baby Limas

Paired with Intuition Riverside Red.

Main Course (served family style)

  • Smoked Crispy Pig Head
  • Fried Whole Local Catfish
  • Sauces: Alabama White BBQ Sauce, SC BBQ Sauce, Tomato Molasses BBQ Sauce, FL Citrus Mop, Hot Tomato Molasses, Datil Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Sides: Corn Casserole, Collard Greens, Steamed Squash, Roasted Beets & Pecans, Hoppin John, Bacon Fat Potatoes

Paired with Intuition Amber Block Skate Ale, infused with a surprise from the chef.

Dessert

  • Caramelized White Chocolate Cake / Pickled Cherries / Vanilla Almond Purée + Crushed Brittle

Paired with Intuition Coffee Dark Star.

The event takes place Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 plus administration fee and may be purchased at this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intuition-ale-beer-dinner-pairing-at-gilberts-underground-kitchen-tickets-17458429633

 

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Beer Dinner

 

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Matthew’s Restaurant to feature Left Hand Brewing Company beer dinner

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micrositeimage_454016photo1Matthew Medure is something of a local legend in Jacksonville. As half of the famed Medure brothers restaurateur and chef dynasty, he and his brother David own Matthew’s and Medure’s fine dining restaurants as well as the popular M Shack burger joints. On Wednesday, July 22, Matthew will apply his talents to a beer dinner featuring the brews of Left Hand Brewing Company.

The dinner will feature five courses and beers as well as a reception amuse bouche and beer. The menu and pairings run the gamut from light seafood to decadently rich. Below is the full menu as supplied by Carolyn Graham of Brown Distributing, Lefft Hand’s local distributor.

Reception offering:

Sausage and Puff Pastry with Local Honey Mustard, paired with Polestar Pils.

First Course:

Scallop Carpaccio with Summer Melon and Cilantro, paired with Good Juju.

Second Course:

Chinese Sausage and Crispy Jasmine Rice with Curry Aioli Lettuce Wraps paired with Introvert Session IPA.

Third Course:

Braised Pork Belly with Steamed Bao and Pickled Vegetables pained with 400 lb. Monkey IPA.

Fourth Course:

Smoked Beef Brisket with Foie Gras Mole and Mexican Corn paired with Milk Stout and Nitro Milk Stout.

Fifth Course:

Malted Vanilla with Chocolate Mousse, Banana and Smoked, Salted Caramel paired with Black Jack Porter.

Tickets for the dinner are $75 per person. Contact Matthew’s at (904) 396-9922 or via their website — www.matthewsrestaurant.com — for more details.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Beer Dinner

 

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Kitchen on San Marco to host Cigar City beer dinner

Kitchen on San Marco FrontKitchen on San Marco (KOSM), as I reported here earlier , takes both beer and food seriously. And, in what promises to be one of the first of many beer dinners, KOSM and Cigar City are teaming up to bring beer-lovers a dream night of beer and food pairings. While the food menu is still in development, the beer list is impressive.

Guests can expect to be greeted with a welcoming pint of Cigar City Cider from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 with six courses created by Chef Ryan built around eight-ounce pours of the following six beers:

  • Lue Gim Gong Pale Ale – Fried Green Tomato Stack / Peekytoe Crab / Heirloom Tomato
  • Lemongrass ginger IPA – Day Boat Grouper Crudo/ Datil Peppers / Charred Citrus/Micro  Lemon Basil
  • Jai Lai – Nashville “Hot” Chicken / House Pickle/ Buttermilk Cornbread
  • Vanilla Maduro – Crispy Duck Breast / Baby Beets/Watermelon / Benne
  • Caffe Americano – Cocoa Nib Roasted Pork Belly / Summer Farrotto / Asher Blue
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale – Blood Sausage Waffle/ Toasted Oat Cream / Blistered Peach / Sorghum

The dinner takes place on Tuesday, June 23. A total of only 30 tickets are available for $64.20, tax inclusive. Tickets may be purchased at KOSM or by calling 904-396-2344.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Beer Dinner

 

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Founders Brewing Company honored with beer dinner at Whole Foods Jacksonville

foundersOne of the best known breweries in the world – indeed, a brewery that has two beers on the top 10 best beers list as ranked by BeerAdvocate.com in 2013 – is not named what you think it is. If you guessed Founders Brewing Company, you are both right and wrong.  Early beer bottle labels featured a historic black-and-white photo of four local brewers sitting on a large wooden beer barrel. The word “Founders” appeared above the photo. This was homage to the original brewers and breweries of Grand Rapids, Mich. located on Monroe Street, formerly known as Canal Street. Thus, Founders Brewing Company is actually named Canal Street Brewing Company. The brewery does business as Founders due to a misunderstanding of that original label.

But, there is no misunderstanding of the reverence beer-overs have for the Michigan brewery. And, to pay their own respect, Whole Foods on San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville will host a beer dinner featuring the iconic brewery’s beers.

Founders began life in 1996 as the John Pannell Brewing Company by Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers. The name referred to the first brewer to open a brewery in Grand Rapids. That original brewery opened in 1836 and was operated by Pannell until 1849 when it was sold to German brewer Christopher Kusterer who later consolidated with six other local brewers to form the Grand Rapids Brewing Company.

But, Founders made its mark on the beer world with two iconic and highly-sought brews; Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout. The two stouts sit atop many beer-aficionados’ bucket lists and currently reside towards the top of nearly every “Best Beer” list in existence.  In a 2013 poll, Ratebeer.com listed Founders as the, overall, 3rd best brewery in the world.

Because of the brewery’s stratospheric reputation, Whole Foods, Jacksonville has prepared an exceptional dinner menu featuring pairings with the iconic brews Founders is famous for. The event takes place Thursday, May 14 starting at 7:00 p.m. Below is a peek at the outstanding menu.

First Course:
All Day IPA paired with a Cheese and Charcuterie Plate

Second Course:
Rubaeus Raspberry Ale paired alongside a Beet, Orange and Raspberry Salad with Rubaeus/Ginger Vinaigrette

Third Course:
Red’s Rye IPA alongside Spring Crab Cakes with Citrusy Aioli and Fresh Herbs Fines

Fourth Course:
“Dirty Bastard” Scotch Ale – paired with Beer Braised Short Ribs and Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Fifth Course:
Founders Special Release, paired with a Chocolate Soufflé and Founder’s Porter Reduction

Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased at the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-course-founders-beer-dinner-tickets-16750855259

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Beer Dinner

 

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Ommegang beer dinner coming to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

ommegang dinnerIn the early 1800s, the countryside surrounding Cooperstown, NY became a major source of hops for brewers throughout North America. While German and English hops were still in demand, hops grown in central New York were considered the best in the country and the equal of those grown anywhere in the world. It is on the grounds of a former New York hop farm that Ommegang Brewery decided to build nearly 200 years later. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will celebrate Ommegang’s outstanding brews with beer dinners at both Jacksonville locations on Monday, May 11, 2015.

In 1997, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield, owners of the successful Vanberg & DeWulf beer importing company, along with three family owned breweries in Belgium including Duvel Morrtgat founded Ommeegang on 136 acres site in the Susqehanna River Valley just outside of Cooperstown. The facility, which resembles a traditional Belgian farmhouse, was purpose-built to brew the company’s signature Belgian-style ales in an authentic setting.

In 2003, the brewery was sold and folded in to the portfolio of Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, the world-famous brewers of Duvel Golden Ale. Under the expert guidance of Duvel, the Ommegagng Brewery has grown by leaps and bounds. By early 2005, production could not meet demand so production capacity was increased by 40 percent over the next year.

Today Ommegang is a respected brewery that produces beers that are consistently rated at the top of beer listings. By way of example, the brewery’s Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale garners a near perfect 99 out of 100 points on RateBeer.com. The score is even more remarkable since one of the world’s most famous Quads, Westvleteran VII an Abbey-made brew, scores just one point more on the same site.

For beer-lovers who would like to try several of Ommegang’s brews paired with a delicious meals, BJ’s offers and excellent opportunity. The beer list and menu reads like a dream and is sure to drive the dinner to be a sell-out. The evening consists of eight Ommegang brews paired with four courses.

Course 1:

Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison paired with Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Palate Cleanser:

Ommegang Hop House Pale Ale

Course 2:

Nit Wit® paired with NEW The Spicy Pig Tavern-Cut Pizza

Palate Cleanser:

Ommegang Gnomegang Blonde Ale

Course 3:

Game of Thrones Valor Morghulis paired with Baby Back Pork Ribs and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Palate Cleanser:

Ommegang Abbey Dubbel Ale

Course 4:

Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale paired with Salted Caramel Pizookie®

After Dinner Beer:

Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadruple Ale

Tickets are available at the link below and are discounted to $35 for guests that pre-register. Day-of-event tickets are $40.

http://www.bjsrestaurants.com/beerdinners

BJ’s is located at: 4907 Gate Parkway and 15022 Max Leggett Parkway in Jacksonville.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Beer Dinner

 

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