Showing posts with label beer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beer. Show all posts

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

An introduction to Flemish food and beer




The other week I was invited to a luncheon featuring Flemish food and beer.  It was a lovely introduction to this region's fare. The Flemish chefs came from Antwerp and Sint-Marteens-Latem (Near Ghent)  to London to showcase their craft and food. Together with Belgium chocolatier Pieter Vaes (The Cacao Project), and Jef Janssens, the brewer of family run Hof Ten Dormall in Tildonk (near Leuven)  Flanders.

Hof Ten Dormall is a brewery in a small farm that creates very innovative recipes using seasonal ingredients and a variety of grains, fruits, and vegetables to devise unique and diversely flavoured beers.

Jef Janssens from Hof Ten Dormall

The Flemish Region is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium—alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region. Informally referred to as Flanders.

The chefs

Michael Yates is based in Antwerp at Sail & Anchor, and is originally from Lancashire, north-west England.  His passion for the restaurant industry took him to Michelin starred restaurants around the UK, including a role as sous chef at Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh, to Oud Sluis in the Netherlands. Michael puts his own "Modern British" style on the best local ingredients, giving traditional cookery a refreshing touch.

Sam D'Huyvetter runs a traditional Flemish brasserie, the Brasserie Boulevard in Sint-Martems-Latem close to Ghent,  serving sophisticated and modern dishes with creative twists.

The dishes

Starter

Blue asparagus with brown butter and cured egg yolk, that was grated on to our dishes at the table. Paired with Troebel in Paradise from Hof Ten Dormall

Main course


New style Flemish Stoofviees (beef stew) served with pickles, mustard cream, roasted onions and a large fries on top.  Paired with The Politician beer from Hof Ten Dormall

Dessert

Ecuadorian dark chocolate, beer foam edible sand & glass and salty crisps paired with Oak aged Armanaf by Hof Ten Dormall.

I thoroughly enjoyed the meal, and I can't wait to discover more about then Flanders food and drinks scene.

Disclosure:  I was a guest of Visit Flanders at this luncheon. All views are my own.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Craft Beer tasting and food matching



Ahead of its sixth consecutive summer sailing from Southampton, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse, is undergoing a refurbishment  to offer a series of luxurious new features when it emerges from dry dock in May 2015.  To celebrate the new refurbishment of  Celebrity Cruises  Eclipse, the company hosted a great evening of beer tasting and food matching in London.
I was lucky enough to try The Gastro Bar at Celebrity Equinox ship back in September 2014, read all about here.
 
Gastrobar at Equinox

'Gastrobar – A new premium craft beer and comfort food site. Gastrobar will offer food and beer enthusiasts over 40 handcrafted boutique beers to choose from in addition to Celebrity Cruises’ collection of wines and cocktails, all perfectly paired with a menu of gastro-style fare. The menus will be presented on iPads that will also include an app for guests to select their ideal food and drink pairings. Gastrobar’s upscale casual surroundings will feature entertainment and music for the complete sophisticated lounge experience. Guests can find a new venue in the space formerly known as Cellar Masters.'

our host 

Oz Clarke
Oz Clarke is one of the world’s notable wine and beer experts, whose terrific reputation is based on his very extensive expertise, non-nonsense and  attainable approach to tasting, as well as writing and events hosting. An Oxford University alumnus, Oz's tasting skills have won him tasting competitions since precociously early age and international recognition.

Oz has worked with Celebrity Cruises as its wine and beer expert since 2012 and has hosted a series of Immersive Wine cruises in Europe, all day intro, masterclasses pairings food  gourmet dinners, presentations and conversations. Always involved with guests.

Craft beer tasting




Goose Island 312 in a Champagne flute – Grand Cepage 24cl
•    Wheat beer, Cloudy – turn the bottle upside down before serving
•    Pale light, spicy aroma of Cascade hops followed by a crisp, fruity pale flavour delivered in a smooth, creamy body that's immensely refreshing
•    President Obama’s favourite beer



Franziskaner Here-Weissbier served in a Champagne flute – Grand Cepage 24cl
•    A wheat beer, cloudy and the colour of sugar puffs
•    Sweet, 'bready' flavour with hints of banana, pear, clove, vanilla and bubblegum
 Food pairing: served with whipped ricotta, truffled honey and thyme on grilled country bread

Duvel served in a Vinoteque 40cl glass
•    Pale blonde lager served with a head. Must be served icy. Ideally chill glasses before serving – serve as if serving chilled white wine, bottle conditioned, so try to leave a small amount of sediment behind

• Spicy and herbal hops with a honey-like and full ripe pear flavour
Food pairing: Served with truffled grilled cheese raclette, braised leeks, sourdough ciabatta

Brew Dog Hardcore IPA served in a Vinoteque 40cl glass
•    Serve chilled
•    Chocked full of the American  hops with  intense citrus, pine, and spicy notes. Backed up by a strong malty backbone and a lingering bitterness
Food pairing: Served with steamed pork bun; sweet chilli, pickled cabbage; Japanese mayo


 Lindemans Framboise served in a martini cocktail glass
    Serve chilled
•    Magnificent perfume, delicate palate of raspberries with undertones of balanced fruity acidity; elegant, sparkling clean natural taste
Food pairing: Served with chocolate brownie

 

Digestif - Rogue Chocolate Stout, Oregon served in a Brandy balloon glass
•    jet-black coloured with a luxurious, creamy head
•    An earthy flavour of oats and hops that gives way to a rich chocolate truffle finish

 
It was an enlightening experience. The beer and food matching were as expected spot-on.  I am looking forward to trying  more pairings and craft beers in the future. 

Disclosure: I was a guest of Celebrity Cruises  at this event. All views are my own. I retained, as always, full editorial control over this review. Photos by Celebrity Cruises. Images provided by Celebrity Cruises, unless otherwise stated.
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