Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Esquire OAKTOBERFEST @ Oak Tavern 10.23.13


Beer Dinner at Oak Tavern featuring Esquire Magazine Beer Writer Evan Benn

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
To celebrate Oktoberfest South Florida style, Oak Tavern chef/owner David Bracha is teaming up with Miami-based Esquire magazine beer writer Evan Benn for Oaktoberfest, a four-course beer dinner at Bracha’s acclaimed Design District restaurant.  The beer scribe will match craft brews from the U.S., Germany and beyond with the chef’s worldly, beer-friendly cuisine.  Attendees will learn about beer’s food-pairing versatility between courses as Benn and Bracha discuss their collaboration with participating diners.  Seats are limited and priced at $50 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.  

Festivities get underway at 7:00 p.m. with a beer aperitif and snacks:  pork belly and foie gras bahn mi and deviled eggs  accompanied by Hitachino Nest White Ale.  Hitachino is a Japanese brewed witbier made with orange peel and coriander.

The rest of the menu follows:

First course

House Pretzels with German Montagnolo Affine Blue Cheese and Cranberry
Duchesse de Bourgogne (Belgium)
Second course

Duck Pizza with Mushrooms, Fontina, Roasted Garlic and Truffle
Full Sail ESB (Oregon, USA)

Third course

Brined Pork Shoulder, Caramelized Kraut, Semmelknodel (Bread Dumplings) and Mustard
Aecht Schlenkerla  and Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen (Germany)

Fourth course

Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake
Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (California, USA)

The dinner will take place at the Oak’s convivial communal table; reservations are limited.  To  book a spot, please email reservations@oaktavernmiami.com or call 305-391-1818.  Oak Tavern is located at 35 NE 40th Street and is open for lunch Monday through Friday; dinner is served daily and brunch is offered on Sundays.  Valet parking available; for more information please visit www.oaktavernmiami.com.

About Evan Benn:  Evan Benn writes about beer for Esquire as a regular contributor to its Eat Like a Man blog. Benn picked up a taste for craft beer while living in St. Louis, where he was the beer columnist and food critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Benn helped develop a beer smartphone app for the paper and is author of the 2011 book "Brew in the Lou: St. Louis' Beer Culture -- Past, Present & Future." Benn returned to South Florida this year and rejoined the Miami Herald as a Metro staff writer. He previously worked at the Herald from 2004-2009, twice being recognized as Florida Young Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife live in Miami Beach.

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