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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Vegetarian Rules the Night at José Pistolas with Iron Hill & Essene

While 2008 is shaping up to be the Year of Beer & Food (or Year of Beer Dinners, take your pick), a subcategory for trends of 2008 might include vegetarian restaurants and similarly themed dinners. Everywhere I seem to turn lately, I'm hearing of expanding vegetarian offerings, down to full out vegetarian menus. With several years of negative news related to animal production and consumption, it's probably not difficult to understand how more people are opting for diets that steer away from animals. This coming Tuesday, May 13th, Iron Hill (West Chester) brewers Chris LaPierre and Jean Broillet are pairing up with Jose Pistola's for a vegetarian beer dinner featuring guest chef Eric Anderson of Essene and José Pistola's executive chef Brenton Wallace. This sounds like an excellent forging of handcrafted and creative beer and food. Introduction beer - Vienna Lager 1st course - Chilled cucumber and cantelope soup paired with Heywood (Golden sour ale fermented with 100% Brettanomyces) 2nd course - Saitan Pastilla with puff pastry paired with American Brown Ale 3rd Course - Arugula salad, red onion, toasted pinenuts, with a California Chevre' in a golden balsamic dijon vinagrette paired with Belgian Triple 4th course - Roasted root vegetable pan fried fritter, black truffle lentils, forest mushrooms with a porcini reduction paired with Baltic Porter AND Saison Dessert - Vanilla Peanut butter mousse with an espresso bean cookie paired with Bourbon Aged Wee Heavy (strong Scotch Ale aged in Eagle Rare bourbon barrels) Price is $65 per person and reservations will be taken at 215-545-4101

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