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L is for Beer

lisforbeer01On a very cold evening in January I joined fellow beer fans for a special ┬ádinner by the L is For… team at Toronto’s Beer Academy. The meal was prepared by Chef Eyal Liebman, courses were introduced by his wife, sommelier Rebecca Meir Liebman, and the paired beers were presented by the Beer Academy’s head brewer, Stephen Rich.

The menu for the night.

The menu for the night.

Even with six full courses — two appetizers, a fish, main, cheese, and dessert — Chef Liebman did a commendable job of walking the fine line between satisfying and over-stuffing diners. He also showed that plates at beer dinners don’t need to be a four-foot slab of barn board covered in a mountain of meat. Instead his her attractive and carefully presented without being fussy. (more…)

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Nota Bene

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Nota Bene giveawayBack in April, I was happy to find myself at Toronto’s Nota Bene Restaurant for a lunch built around two Goose Island beers. This was a pleasant situation both because the food was fantastic (my first experience with the Boudin Tart), but also because I appreciated the signal it sent: premium, carefully-designed beers are ready to be paired with food of the same caliber.

As someone who wrote a cookbook with craft beer as a central feature I always like to see my beverage of choice “movin’ on up” in the food world. (more…)