Saturday, January 7, 2012

Winter Metropolitan Brewery Beer Dinner at Francesca's Amici & La Sorella di Francesc

Metropolitan Beer DinnerTwo Francesca locations are hosting Metropolitan Brewery beer dinners this month. Make your reservation to enjoy a four-course meal featuring delicious food selections paired with Metropolitan Brewery beers. Metropolitan Brewery is a new microbrewery in Chicago run by husband and wife team Doug and Tracy Hurst. This four-course meal is $35 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

January 18, 7 p.m.  – Francesca’s Amici (174 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126; 630-279-7970)  January 31, 7 p.m.  – La Sorella di Francesca (18 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540; 630-961-2706)

The evening begins with Polpo Grigliato, grilled octopus with fagioli gigantic, marinated sundried tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette paired with Krankshaft, a pale ale. This is followed by Polpetti Agnello, lamb meatballs with spicy San Marzano tomato sauce, arugula and lemon. It is a perfect pair for FlyWheel, a German-inspired beer. The third course features Gnocchi con Pancetta, sweet potato gnocchi with cipollini onions, pancetta and brown-butter sage. A strong, smooth beer, Dynamo, makes the perfect companion. The meal finishes with Brasato di Bue, beer-braised beef ribs with parsnip puree, and is paired with IronWorks, a hoppy, top-fermented beer.

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