Beer Dinner – Art of the Table

March 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Beer & Food, Events

Art of the Table Chef/Owner Dustin Ronspies plates greens and gnocchi before adding the Maritime Nightwatch braised duck leg. Yum.

Art of the Table Chef/Owner Dustin Ronspies plates greens and gnocchi before adding the Maritime Nightwatch braised duck leg. Yum.

About a month or so ago, my friend Dave Siegel (from Snoqualmie Brewing) and his fiance Michelle took Jeanne and I to their favorite restaurant, Art of the Table. On that first trip, the food was great, as I expected it to be. But, I was amazed to see their beer list was pretty freaking sweet as well. They don’t have anything on tap, but they have a very nice selection of bottles, especially for a restaurant of this caliber.

When we were invited back for a beer dinner organized by Chef/Owner Dustin Ronspies, with the help of Click Distributing Beer Specialty Beer Manager Matt Younts, I didn’t have to think about it for too long (Jeanne was stuck working, though).

Reception
Herbed Gougeres – Chicken Liver Pate & Fig Compote Crostini
Served with Duvel

1st course
Poached Hen Egg on Arugula, Goat Cheese,Pancetta & Caramelized Onion Salad with Sherry-Mustard Vinaigrette
Served with Der Hirsch-Brau Bavarian Weissbier

2nd course
Curried Carrot Soup with Preserved Lemon~Chive Yogurt & Chili Oil
Served with Avery Maharaja IPA

3rd Course
Pepper~Crusted Local Albacore Tuna with Celeriac Remoulade, Orange Confit & Citrus Vinaigrette
Served with Ne Goeien Saison

4th Course
Maritime Nightwatch Ale Braised Duck Leg with Sautéed Garlicky Greens & Potato Gnocchi
Served with Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Dessert
Date, Almond & Phyllo Ladyfingers with Dried Apricot Sauce & RosemaryIce Cream
Served with Lost Abbey 10 Commandments Ale

The dinner was as good as it sounds, and the selected beers complimented the dishes nicely. My favorite of the night was easily the Albacore Tuna with the Ne Goeien Saison; I could have had a huge plate of that and been a happy man. The Saison was the perfect match for it as well. The other standout dish for me was the dessert. It sounds like Dustin has a passion for making adventurous ice cream, and the rosemary ice cream was fit amazingly with the rest of the dessert and the 10 Commandments.

If you haven’t been to Art of the Table, I’d highly suggest checking it out. They will be trying to do these beer dinners on a more regular basis, and I’ll try and get them on the events list when they do.

Thanks also to sous chef Phil Lehmann, guest chef Derek Ronspies and Laurie O’Donnell as all-around helper/photographer.

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