Yeah, there are a lot of pairing dinners out there these days. Wine pairings, beer pairings, whiskey and champagne and gin pairings. But one thing we haven’t seen yet? A pairing dinner turned into a battle between beer lovers and oenophiles, where the best pairing for each course will be chosen by the participants and winners chosen in the age-old fight between beer drinkers and winos.
At least not until now. On Tuesday, November 20, at Brauhaus Schmitz (advantage: beer), owner Doug Hager and chef Jeremy Nolen will be teaming up with gentleman of leisure Michael Solomonov and certified wine nerd Marnie Old (local wine consultant and author of He Said Wine, She Said Beer) to do a one-night-only Battle of the Booze. The deal is, five courses will be presented, paired with both a wine and a beer. Those in attendance will get to choose which pairing is the best and, one must assume, mock the loser.
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Quick: Close your eyes and think of a top Philly restaurant that engenders class, erudition and verve. Now think of a local foodie celeb who embodies those same qualities. If the first answers that popped in your head were not Amada and Marnie Old, you fail the quiz.
If somehow those answers were in your top five – or you at least wished they’d been once you saw them – you pass to the next paragraph and are thereby permitted to learn that Old and Amada are pairing on Tuesday for an event that’s bound to be classy, erudite and vervilacious multiplied by two. Starting at 6pm, Old will lead a Rioja pairing that traverses the Spanish terrain and unearths the reasons the wines from this region are so versatile. A variety of flights will be paired with tapas and Old’s sparkling personality.
$70 + tax and 20% tip. Call 215-625-2450 for reservations (required) and more information.
Amada [Official website]
Marnie Old [Official website]
Wine Enthusiast lists their top 25 beers of 2009 selections and Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche and Victory’s Festbier make the list. [Wine Enthusiast (PDF)]
David Katz of Meme will be cooking at the James Beard House on March 23rd. The dinner will include an hour of hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine followed by a 5-course dinner with wine pairings. Call 212-627-2308 for reservations. If you say you’re “a friend of the restaurant” you get the member price of $125. [Meal Ticket]
Marnie Old will be a featured speaker at the Food & Wine Classic set for June 18th to 20th in Aspen, Co. [The Insider]
Marc Vetri has a deal to write another cookbook. RUSTIC ITALIAN: The Heart and Soul of Italian Home Cooking is due in the fall of 2011. [Grub Street]