Craft Beer + Food

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Twitter, where would I be without you? Certainly, I wouldn’t have spent Wednesday night at Craft Beer + Food—I may not have known about the event, or known when the tickets would go on sale, or known that the tickets would likely sell out within hours (which they did). Of course, Twitter is just a tool, and I should be thanking Kim + Kendall Jones (of the Washington Beer Blog) since they presented the excellent event.

With our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter now comfortable with the babysitter, I was able to pounce on tickets immediately when they went on sale. September dates with the wife were set, then: one Wednesday evening it’d be Neko Case, the following Wednesday evening it’d be Craft Beer + Food. (We’re not normally so gosh-darn exciting!)

I’ll say the event, which benefited the Just Garden Project, was great. I’ll say the food was great. I’ll say I tried—tried—an oyster (again). I’ll say our favorite dish might’ve been Seastar Raw Bar‘s rich and creamy cauliflower and cheddar soup with tarragon, carrot, frizzled onion strings and Pike Brewing Naughty Nellie reduction; Luc‘s beer braised Carlton Farms pork shoulder, chanterelle mushroom, seared white polenta, crispy guanciale and IPA gastrique also got our vote—even before The Chef in the Hat (Thierry Rautureau) was kind enough to sneak us each a second plate later in the evening. I’ll say you should check out the pairings yourself, drool wistfully over what might’ve been, and prepare to purchase tickets to next year’s event.

That is, if you like delicious food and delicious beer. (Like me.) Between now and then, I’ll have to make it to some of these restaurants…