Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Toronado to Host a Six-Course Wallow through Local Beer and Food

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More and more chefs are turning to beer to pair with food these days. Catch a taste of the trend this Sunday afternoon as two chefs serve up what's being billed as a Locavore Feast at Toronado Pub (547 Haight at Fillmore). Chefs Melissa Axelrod of Melissa Claire's Kitchen and Christian Spybrook of SF Foodshed are collaborating on a six-course menu matched with beer. (The cooking duo met while helming the stoves at Delfina and Delfina Pizzeria, respectively.)

The private event begins at 11:30 a.m. and costs $95, which includes tax and tip. Advance tickets are needed (get 'em at Toronado directly or via the online Brownpaper tickets link). In keeping with the local mantra, everything on the menu is produced by artisans within a 200-mile radius of the city. Featured local beers are from Firestone, Lagunitas, Magnolia (the cask-conditioned Aerodrome), Sierra Nevada, Russian River, North Coast, Napa Smith, and others. Full menu after the jump.

First course: Caprese salad with Early Girl tomatoes, house-stretched mozzarella, and Magnolia Gruit reduction

Second course: Paté plate with rabbit rillette, duck liver mousse, and rustic country pork paté

Third course: San Francisco cioppino soup, made with Iron Springs Alowicious Wit

Fourth course: Russian River Damnation 23-braised pork shoulder (reduced, carnitas-style) over fresh corn polenta

Fifth course: Three local artisan cheeses with house-made flatbread

Sixth course: Chocolate ganache truffles, Keller Weiss pound cake with peaches and salted caramel, and spiced pork-cracklin' brittle

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