Category Archives: Beer Dinner

5 courses, 5 beers at Black Sheep dinner

black-sheep-roof-1-988x768Perhaps the best physical feature of Riverside’s Black Sheep restaurant is its roof-top bar/dining area. Add the inventive flavors of Chef Waylon Rivers’ food and a cold craft beer and you have all the ingredients for a magical evening.

To make just such an evening come true for diners and imbibers, the restaurant has scheduled a roof-top, walk-around tasting dinner paired with beers from the award-winning Aardwolf Brewing Company of San Marco

This is a casual event so come anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Sunday, August 28. But, be sure you will have enough time to enjoy five different courses prepared by Chef Waylon Rivers all paired with beers from Aardwolf Brewery.  Cost is $60 plus tax and gratuity.  Please call (904) 380-3091 to make reservations.

Tasting menu and pairings are listed below:

purslane, peach gel, basil, thai chili

watermelon mignonette, micro coriander

smoked pork shoulder, gnocchi, shiso, benne

short rib, truffles, radish, chard

profiteroles, coffee and cocoa nib ice cream, spiced mexican chocolate

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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Beer Dinner


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Kitchen on San Marco hosting Farm to Jax dinner

Kitchen on San Marco FrontThe Kitchen on San Marco is fast becoming a major player in Jacksonville’s dining landscape. In the past few months since they have opened, they have hosted several special dinners that feature innovative dishes paired with equally delicious beverages. The restaurant has also fully embraced the rapidly emerging craft beer scene here on the First Coast. Now, the Kitchen is hosting an event that will celebrate the Farm-to-Table movement and benefit local non-profit Sustainable Springfield.  Featured in several dishes and served alongside them are locally-produced beer and mead.

“This Farm to Jax dinner is a great opportunity to showcase and highlight the restaurant, while benefiting the nonprofit Sustainable Springfield,” says Eve Markowicz, General Manager of Kitchen on San Marco. “We are offering an incredible menu that spotlights Jacksonville and its incredible local purveyors. We are proud to be part of our local community and highlight all that it has to offer.”

The menu, prepared by Kitchen on San Marco Executive Chef Ryan Randolph will feature locally sourced ingredients to highlight the diversity and high quality of products in and around Jacksonville. The evening’s pairings are to be provided by Carve Vodka, Aardwolf Brewery, Harris Meadery and Veterans United Brewery, Engine 15 Brewing Company and Funky Buddha Brewing Company.

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m., followed by the first course served at 6:45 p.m. The Farm to Jax dinner menu is as follows:

First Course:

Squash & Cider Soup — Cider braised delicata, acorn and butternut squash with a Harris Mead crème fraiche and candied bacon

Paired with Engine 15 904 Weiss Guy

Second Course:

Caramelized Fennel & Onion Flatbread — Roasted baby fennel and Vidalia onions with crispy sage Alabama goat cheese

Paired with Veterans United Buzzin’ Bee Honey Rye Wheat

Third Course:

Fall Panzanella — Ember roasted root vegetables, charred Brussel sprouts and crispy chicken skin served with sorghum mustard vinaigrette

Paired with Carve Vodka Cocktail

Fourth Course:

Whole Roasted Atlantic Fish — Celery root slaw with heirloom radish and pink lady apples served with a smoked Springfield honey dressing and house Dijon petite herbs.

Paired with Aardwolf Brewery “Ermah-Gourd”

Fifth Course:

Butterscotch Pot de Crème — Sea salt caramel spiced pepitas

Paired with Funky Buddha “Sweet Potato Casserole”

The Farm to Jax dinner takes place Saturday, October 3rd. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at Eventbrite by following this link.

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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Beer Dinner


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Black Sheep to host beer dinner throw down

black_sheepA month or so ago, Black Sheep Restaurant tried to hold a unique beer dinner at their rooftop dining area. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and torrential rain forced the cancellation of the event. So, to make it up to those beer lovers who missed out, the restaurant has rescheduled the event for Wednesday, September 16 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

The concept: pit two legendary breweries against each other in a beer pairing throw down.

The breweries: Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing and Southern California’s Stone Brewing.

Created by Chef Waylon Rivers, the menu is an opulent mélange of surf and turf creations. Think ceviche, scallops and beef short ribs. Creative and exciting stuff.

The beers will be presented by representatives of each brewery and are chosen to highlight the dish they are served alongside.  Both Cigar City and Stone are known for their assertive and flavor-forward brews and for this shoot out, they have brought the big guns. Heady brews such as Stone Hifi Lowfi Blended Ale and Cigar City Seasonal Creep are featured prominently.

First Course

Shrimp Ceviche, Compressed Water Melon, Shishito Peppers, Mezcal

Paired with:
Stone Goto Session IPA
Cigar City Invasion IPA

Second Course

Little Pig Ear Salad

Paired with:
Stone Hifi Lowfi Blended Ale
Cigar City Cracker White

Third Course

Seared Scallop, Summer Squash Salad, Upland Cress Gazpacho

Paired with:
Stone Delicious IPA
Cigar City Hard Cider

Fourth Course

Coffee Glazed Short Rib, Black Eye Pea Salad, Red Eye Vinaigrette

Paired with:
Stone Collaboration Woot Stout
Cigar City Seasonal Creep

In addition to the elaborate food to be served, the service itself is somewhat unique. Instead of a seated dinner, diners are encouraged to arrive when they feel like it anytime during the dinner’s hours. Dishes will be served reception style on diner’s time schedules, not in a rush as is often the case at beer dinners.

Tickets for the event are $40 (not including tax and gratuity) and are available from the restaurant. Call (904) 380-3091 for more details and to purchase a ticket.

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Beer Dinner


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Orange Blossom Brewing Company buzzing in to Publix Aprons cooking school for dinner

ApronsCookingSchoolThe cooking school inside the Publix Supermarket on San Jose in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville is the domain of Chef Tony Charbonnet. His passion for cooking can be seen on various television programs on WTLV-12 in Jacksonville as well as in front of his classroom multiple times a week. Over the past few years, the charismatic chef has been expanding the cooking school’s – Aprons – craft beer dinner program. And with good cause, the craft beer movement is showing no signs of slowing. On Saturday, August 29, Chef Tony welcomes Orange Blossom Brewing Company to his kitchen with a lineup of delicious dishes paired with equally scrumptious brews.

OBBC_4C-300x277According to the brewery’s website, Orange Blossom Brewing Company originated as a homebrew project in the garage of founder Tom Moench. His love of beer led him to tinker with a recipe for an interesting pilsner that soon became the popular Orange Blossom Pilsner.

Moench loved brewing and selling his unique, tasty brew so much that he sold his successful craft beer distributorship and took his prize-winning brew to the next level of production. After carefully laying out a plan for building his beer empire, Moench settled on South Carolina brewer Thomas Creek as the contract brewer for his three core brands. But, due to limited capacity, the search for a new facility became a necessity.

When the Brew Hub in Lakeland, Fla. came on to the scene, Moench began discussions on taking his brewery from a contract model to a partnership model. With Brew Hubs all-in-one solution, the decision was made to transfer production to the facility in 2014.

The dinner at Aprons will feature cooking demonstrations by Chef Tony and his team along with anecdotes from Moench about his brewery and beers.


Course 1

Asian Chopped Salad with Teriyaki Vinaigrette paired with Orange Blossom Pilsner

Course 2

Vanilla Orange Barbecued Seared Snapper paired with OBP2

Course 3

Grilled Jerk Chicken over Smoked Citrus Saffron Rice paired with Back in the Day IPA

Course 4

Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake paired with Toasted Coconut Porter.

Tickets for the dinner are available by calling the Publix Aprons Cooking School at (904) 262-4187 and cost $45 per person.

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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Beer Dinner


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Intuition Ale Works teaming up with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen for Southern beer dinner

Photo by Fernandina Observer.

Photo by Fernandina Observer.

The sleepy little town of Fernandina Beach north of Jacksonville, Fla. has seen an uptick in interest lately among culinary circles. Sure, the area has been known to North Florida residents as a fun place to spend a summer afternoon at its eclectic bars and scattered eateries. It is also known as a place for a weekend of partying at the Isle of Seven Flags Shrimp Festival every year. But, aside from the posh restaurant at the nearby Ritz-Carlton, fine dining was something of a mystery to the area. So, when Chef Kenny Gilbert opened his Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in the historic town, it caused quite a stir. To celebrate his food as well as the burgeoning North Florida beer scene, Intuition Ale Works has teamed up Chef Gilbert to create a beer dinner that is sure to be as delicious as it is exciting.

Gilbert, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, started early in his culinary career with the encouragement and help of both his mother and his father. From his mother Gilbert learned the basics of cooking; measuring, preparing and presenting dishes. From his father, he learned the art of BBQ from grilling to saucing.

By age 11, the budding culinary virtuoso had cooked his first Thanksgiving dinner on his own to the delight of his proud parents. In high school he was known to cook meals for his swimming team after practices and meets. His cooking skills were lauded by all and it was no surprise when he expressed a desire to pursue cooking as a career.

According to his website, Gilbert, “…attended The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute where he received a degree in Culinary Arts. Upon graduation, Kenny relocated to Jacksonville, FL, where he joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as an apprentice in the garde manger kitchen of their Amelia Island property.  Kenny worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine at the age of 23 at the Ritz, helping to consistently secure the AAA Five Diamond Award for the property throughout his tenure there.”

Later, the Chef designed and opened the Jacksonville Beach favorite, Nipper’s Beach Grill a Caribbean-inspired eatery. He was also a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef television program.

For the beer dinner with Intuition Ale Works, the chef worked to create a menu supremely satisfying Deep South-inspired fare.

Starters (served family style)

  • Foie Gras Drop Biscuits / Summer Truffle Maple Butter
  • Baked Texas Oysters / Creamed Mustard Greens, Tasso Ham, Cornbread Gratin
  • Assorted Pickles

Paired with Intuition One Spark Kolsch.

Second Course (served individually)

  • Pimento Cheese Gnudi / Pulled Smoked Alligator Ribs / SC BBQ Emulsion / Baby Limas

Paired with Intuition Riverside Red.

Main Course (served family style)

  • Smoked Crispy Pig Head
  • Fried Whole Local Catfish
  • Sauces: Alabama White BBQ Sauce, SC BBQ Sauce, Tomato Molasses BBQ Sauce, FL Citrus Mop, Hot Tomato Molasses, Datil Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Sides: Corn Casserole, Collard Greens, Steamed Squash, Roasted Beets & Pecans, Hoppin John, Bacon Fat Potatoes

Paired with Intuition Amber Block Skate Ale, infused with a surprise from the chef.


  • Caramelized White Chocolate Cake / Pickled Cherries / Vanilla Almond Purée + Crushed Brittle

Paired with Intuition Coffee Dark Star.

The event takes place Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 plus administration fee and may be purchased at this link:


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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Beer Dinner


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