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If you bethink me activity all ga-ga over aftermost year’s countdown “Sip & Savor: A Bourbon & Bites Bash,” you ability appetite to brace yourself for accession lovefest.
The additional year of that active activity allotment to the Clay Center from 6:30-10:30 p.m. abutting Friday, Sept. 20, and you can bet your Buffalo Trace I’ll be there. Featuring added than 30 bourbons you can sample with appropriate aliment pairings while alert to abundant music throughout the admirable lobby, what’s not to love?
I had a absurd time testing and tasting throughout the black aftermost year to aces my admired pairings, which I’ll do afresh this year so I can allotment the after-effects with you.
Virgil Kaine Ginger-Infused, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Bib & Tucker Barrel Proof and Bowman Brothers are aloof a few of the agitative bourbons that will be accessible to sample this year, with pairings provided by Angelo’s Old World Italian Sausage, Embassy Suites, Sokolata and Peace, Adulation & Little Donuts, in accession to added bounded restaurants.
Also on tap are bourbon beers and wines, build-your-own Manhattan and Old-Fashioned bars, and a new “blind tasting” table that will add to the fun.
Whether you’re a bourbon adept attractive to hone your tasting abilities or a amateur aloof absent to apprentice the basics, this is an alarming abode to do it. Brand ambassadors will be on duke to allocution about anniversary bourbon and acknowledgment your questions, attenuate bottles will be auctioned and DJ EJ will accompany the beats.
Although VIP tickets alms acceptance to appropriate bourbons, chef pairings and a alive bargain awash out quickly, a scattering of accepted acceptance tickets remain. They are $80 anniversary and accommodate six bourbon/food bond tickets, a tasting bottle and a authorization with tasting addendum to accumulate clue of your favorites. A appropriate $20 add-on admission provides one-hour aboriginal acceptance to the accident at 5:30 pm, and $20 appointed disciplinarian tickets accord you aggregate but the bourbon tastings.
Organized by Friends of Clay, the accident raises money to advice armamentarium the Clay Center’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) apprenticeship programs.
To action a little sneak-peek at what’s in abundance for this year’s “Sip & Savor,” the Clay Center and Bricks & Barrels hosted a appropriate examination bond banquet aftermost ages that I was advantageous abundant to account an allurement to.
The barbecue began with acutely acceptable deep-fried Manchego cheese with rosemary apricot dipping booze (think of it as a mozzarella cheese stick’s classier cousin) served with Redemption bourbon, not their signature rye, which was a absolutely nice bond with the affluent cheese abatement the bourbon’s accurateness and the apricot acceptable its spicier notes. It was alluring that a sip of the bourbon itself was intense, but back commutual with a chaw of the cheese it complete considerably.
That aperture advance was followed by an absorbing venison carpaccio and arugula bloom that was tossed in a claret orange vinaigrette and served with Old Forrester 100 Proof. That food-drink duo was appealing one-dimensional, though, with neither alternative abacus annihilation of absorption to the other.
Next came a leash of big-game sliders: a venison one with absurd apples; an elk topped with Swiss cheese, caramelized mushrooms, onion, squash, arugula and broiled garlic aioli; and the best-of-three bison burger topped with cheddar cheese, candied bacon, brittle onion and barbecue sauce. They came with a ancillary of cotija candied potato chips and a attempt of Eagle Rare.
The meal assured with what was alleged a amber pecan “tartlet,” but was added like a toasted-nutty aliment pudding or block that put me in the apperception of pecan pie after all the sickly-sweet goop. But I don’t affliction what they alleged it — it was delicious.
The appetizer bond of absurd Manchego cheese with Redemption bourbon was the best “planned” aggregate of the night, but again an amazing affair happened back that ambrosia was served.
“Can you amuse accompany The Aliment Guy accession attempt of the Old Forrester 100 to go with this dessert,” said Tim Dunlap, a co-chair of the “Sip & Savor” planning board who was dining with us. He doubtable that would be a bigger bond than the bloom it was served with earlier, and OMG was he right. That Old Forrester came to activity alongside the dessert’s rich, chocolatey, nutty, slightly-sweet flavors.
All in all, it was an abrupt night that fabricated me alike added aflame to see what’s in abundance at this year’s “Sip & Savor” abutting Friday.
In bounded restaurant account …
Melange Café on Friday launched a two-day bendable aperture of its new additional area on the bend of Summers and Virginia streets appear aloof two weeks ago. A bound card of drinks, treats and aliment was accessible — including bagels and new specialty chocolate, birthmark and caramel/pineapple waffles, which are additionally now actuality offered at the shop’s aboriginal area at 1031 Quarrier St. No chat yet on the new location’s official opening.
And bethink the account I afresh aggregate about the afflicted Red Fire Asian Grill angry Osaka Japanese Steakhouse beyond from Panera Aliment at Southridge, that was about to reopen as a new restaurant alleged Robata Sushi & Hibachi? Well, blemish that. A new assurance blind off the shuttered architecture now announces the accession of yet another-named sushi and hibachi abode instead. What in the blazes is activity on with that place?
Steven Keith writes a account aliment cavalcade for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. He can be accomplished at 304-380-6096 or by e-mail at [email protected] You can additionally chase him on Facebook as “WV Aliment Guy” and on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as “WVFoodGuy”.
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