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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Another Sam is Coming to Dinner?

Lovely Emily invites you to the Fox and Hound

Michael Scofield is taking this Beer Dinner business seriously. After a string of successes so far, the Managing Partner By Day/Chef Extraordinaire By Night has a very ambitious mission set for 7 PM  April 22 at the Fox and Hound in Edison. Using the beers of Samuel Smith, many of them of the Organic variety, Scofield has prepared an exciting menu for a dinner which could see a record-breaking crowd. The current NJ record --as best as I can determine--is held by Artisan's of Toms River, where their past Oktoberfest dinner had no fewer than 115 attendees. 

According to Scofield: "I love the Samuel Smith brand and its the first time we are hosting this event through Allied Beverage normally known for their alcohol division. But with the tireless work of Todd Rodelli, their on-premise account manager, we are proudly incorporating them on this one. The menu came out yesterday and we already have 75 spots filled with 41 filled in the first 2 hours of sign ups."
If that kind of interest is sustained--and there's no reason it shouldn't be given Scofield's past successes--the coveted BDAR (Beer Dinner Attendance Record) could be threatened.

But what does the menu look like? Take a gander:

Course 1--Appetizer--Apricot-Infused Shrimp
A lightly breaded pan-fried shrimp tossed in our apricot reduction, infused with Samuel Smith's Apricot Ale and served with a side of our homemade Salsa Fresco--paired with Samuel Smith's Apricot Ale

Course 2--Salad--Mediterranean Salad with Sun-dried Tomato Aioli
Our twist on a Greek Salad with shaved Cucumber, Feta, Tomato, red Onion, Sun-dried tomato and Black Olive topped with out homemade Sun-dried Tomato Aioli--paired with Samuel Smith's Organic Ale

Course3--Pasta--Santa Fe Macaroni and Cheese
This fun take on a traditional Macaroni and Cheese is Fusilli Pasta tossed in a Mexican Cream Sauce with Queso Fresca, Cilantro, Jalapenos and Monterrey Jack Cheese topped and baked with our fresh homemade bread crumbs--paired with Samuel Smith's IPA

Course 4--Entree--Apple-Cranberry Stuffed Pork Chop with Apple-Cran Reduction
Tender Pork Chop stuffed with Garden-Fresh Granny Smith Apple, Cranberry and Walnut Stuffing over a bed of Zucchini Olio, topped with a Cranberry-Apple Reduction Drizzle--paired with Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Organic Lager

Course 5--Dessert--Homemade Chocolate Stout Ice Cream
To finish off the evening, a slow-churned homemade ice cream made with Samuel Smith's Chocolate Cream Stout, topped with homemade Whipped Cream and garnished with a Chocolate-Covered Graham Cracker Garnish--paired with Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Scofield swears that his dessert doesn't have any calories, either.

The cost is $50 pp, tax and gratuity not included. To reserve your spot, contact The Fox & Hound at 732-452-9100

And if you go in person to sign up, tomorrow night, April 4, would be a good time to do it. From 6-8 PM, F&H is featuring the beers of Virginia's Starr Hill Brewery, a recent vendor at Chris DePeppe's recent Beers on the Boards event. I didn't get to sample any of their beers in Pt. Pleasant, but the Starr Hill Saison Michael had me sample this evening was out of this world. If they're all that good, you're in for a treat.

The Edison Fox and Hound, under Scofields' deft hand, is definitely a Craft Beer-and- Food Centric location.

See you there!
The PubScout

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