So, I am hitting you with back to back event dinners, which is kind of a mixed bag for me. Part of me thinks, I am reporting on something you can not go to since it has passed. On the other hand it is good to show what is going on here in North County. There will be more events so hopefully you will take advantage and hit some of them up yourself. Even if you do not like events it does give exposure to local Chefs and what they are doing so you can get a feel for their style and talent.
Tonight’s dinner was a collaboration between Chef Ramiro of Belching Beaver Tavern and Grill in Vista and The Bruery out of Orange County. It was a very special collaboration that I feel brought out the best of both parties.
Chris from The Bruery and Chef Ramiro
I will be covering the food portion, Justin, North County Food’s contributing beer writer will be doing a follow-up post going into the beers more in-depth. It is our first time doing it this way but I think it will be an interesting take on the coverage.
If you have not been to the Belching Beaver Tavern it is a wonderful spot.
The bar area before the crowd descended.
The dinner was a 5 course menu paired with 7 pours ..think it ended up being 8.
Al Pastor Tostada ~ Annatto seed marinated pork, potato tortilla, hominy puree, burnt pineapple cilantro chimichurri, and spiced cotija cheese.
Hands down dish of the night. This was just everything you want in a dish, layered, complex, heat, richness, and all that. The chimichurri had just this back hit of pineapple and the spiced cotija just played with heat. Truly great.
Melon Salad ~ Compressed melon, roasted nopales, and nasturtium pesto.
Deceptively simple. The melon was compressed with the paired beer giving it a less sweet flavor. That and the play against the bitterness of the greens and nopales worked perfectly.
Swedish Meatballs ~ Venison meatballs, creamy gravy, and lingonberry sauce.
Great take on a classic dish. The venison was mixed with some ground beef to add some fat content and inject moisture to the dish.
Mole Skewers ~ Grilled mole seasoned Beaver veggie skewers
Perfectly cooked vegetables in an insane mole. I tried to see if there was left over mole in the kitchen to take home but alas.
Grilled Pound Cake ~ Coffee chantilly, jalapeno macerated Oregon berries.
I am not a dessert guy but this was delicious. The grilling of the pound cake gave it a texture just shy of a biscotti. The Coffee chantilly was light and flavorful and not mentioned in the menu description was topped with a chocolate and brittle candy from So Rich Chocolates , one of my favorite chocolatiers, out of Vista as well. Way to keep it local.
The one thing, other than they can make great beer, about the Bruery is they do not shine away from pouring their product.
This was our corner of the table by the end of the night.
Justin, Chef Ramiro, and the two lovely ladies we had the pleasure of enjoying the dinner with, never met them before just great people. I had a ton of fun. A big part of these events is meeting new people and sharing the love of food and wine.
Belching Beaver’s next event will feature Firestone Walker. Keep up on dates by following them on Facebook which I will link below.
So, now for some insider news. Belching Beaver is looking to add food both to their Vista tasting room and their Ocean Beach location. The menus will be akin to the bar menu at the Vista tavern location. In addition they are looking to expand the Tavern concept with full menu up to possibly the Santa Barbara area. Good on them.
Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill Vista, Ca
Belching Beaver Facebook