Saturday, February 6, 2010

Highland Beer Dinner In Horizons

The debut of Grove Park Inn's Great Gatsby Abbey was the highlight of last night's dinner

While the Great Gatsby was wonderful to finally see released, it was only one aspect of an evening of decadence and beer. Chef Duane Fernandes, Chef de Cuisine of Horizons, worked with Horizons Sommeliers Todd Phillips (Restaurant Manager) and Ken Pace to create the pairings for this beer dinner. 'Tasting the beers first and then creating the perfect culinary pairing is key' says Chef Fernandes. However, the Scallop pairing for the Great Gatsby was a little tricky since they had to rely on tasting notes supplied by the creators of the beer. Their first taste of the beer was the day before the dinner occurred.

Over fifty guests were present to get this first peak at the Great Gatsby Abbey and to indulge their palates with Highland beers and beautiful culinary pairings. Apparently there was some drop off in those that were to attend fearing the weather would take a turn for the worse. Luckily the weather cooperated and it stayed clear for those not staying overnight at the Resort.


Chef Fernandes taking great care in the details

Oscar Wong (Highland owner), John Lyda (Brewmaster) and Joey Justice (Brewer) were among the Highland staff that were present at the dinner. Joey was the brewer who designed the new brew for Grove Park Inn in collaboration with John, Oscar and two sommeliers from the Resort (Kevin Schwartz and Chad Willis).

The label of Great Gatsby is a short story about F. Scott Fitzgerald that pulls the name of the beer into Grove Park Inn history. It follows:

F. Scott Fitzgerald considered The Grove Park Inn "home" during the summers of 1935 and 1936 - seeking refuge and literary inspiration amongst our granite walls in rooms 441 and 443. A legendary writer (and lover of drink), he spent much of this free time observing the comings and goings of female guests from his fourth story window. In his honor, we have collaborated with Asheville's oldest legal brewery, Highland, to create this brown ale. Our abbey style brown ale will delight the nose and surprise the palate with a subtle version of a traditional abbey brown ale. German malts and American and German hops blend delicately into a well balanced and extremely drinkable brown ale, worthy of the Gatsby name.

Some Great Gatsby specifics:
Grain: 2 Row Brewers Malt, Pilsen, Munich 20, X Special, Carapils, Chocolate 2 Row
Original Gravity: 11.5 degrees plato
Hops: Styrian Bobek, German Hersbrucker
Alcohol Content: 4.6% by volume
*IBU: 20 *(International Bittering Unit)
Brewers notes: This abbey style brown pairs well with poultry, pork and duck dishes. The Belgian yeast used in this beer would also lend itself to a mild beef dish or salmon salad. Although the Great Gatsby Abbey is particularly suited to these dishes I think you will find this beer to be fairly versatile in its pairing options.

Highland Beer Dinner Menu
Hors d'oeuvres
House made Pretzels with Whole Grain Mustard from Chef Duane
'Buffalo Wing' Sweetbreads
Truffled Popcorn
St. Terese's Pale Ale
Pan Seared Diver Scallops
Shaved Benton's Ham & Fingerling Potatoes
Banana and Toasted Walnut Coulis
Grove Park Inn's Great Gatsby Abbey Ale
Malt Glazed Local Pork Belly
Mini Pork Ravioli and Gaelic Braised "Kim Chi"
Gaelic Ale
Cast Iron Seared Piedmontese Strip Loin
Wild Mushroom and Root Vegetable Hash, Potato Gnocchi
Truffled Black Garlic Emulsion
Oatmeal Porter
Black Mocha Stout Spiced Cake
Compressed Cocoa and Mocha Coffee Gelato
Black Mocha Stout

Menu designed by Chef Duane Fernandes and staff
Pairings by Todd Phillips and Kenneth Pace

Thank you Oscar and team for some beautiful beers and thank you Horizons team for some fantastic culinary pairings. The entire night was perfect.

Kevin

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