Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Magic Hat Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Francesca's al Lago

June 13, 6:30 p.m. – Francesca’s al Lago (111 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Madison, WI 53703, 608-255-6000)

Francesca’s al Lago will play host to the Magic Hat Brewing Company Beer Dinner, a decadent five-course dinner created by Chef di Cuisine Sergio Lopez, with beer accompaniments.  Tickets are $50 per person excluding tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required. 

The meal starts with Insalata Rucola e Salsa di Limone, with Baby spinach & arugula, blood oranges, candied spicy pecans tossed with light citrus champagne vinaigrette and talleggio cheese; this pairs nicely with Circus Boy (Hefeweizen).  Next will be Capesante con Pancetta e Finocchio, a Pan seared jumbo scallop topped with apple and bacon-brandy compote on a bed of shaved fennel paired with Blind Faith (India Pale Ale).  The third course features Cappellacci di Carne e Funghi, Braised beef filled cappellacci in a mushrooms-bacon ragu topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese paired with Magic Hat (“Not Quite Pale Ale”).  Next comes Filetto di Maiale con Salsa di Mirtilli e Polenta , Almond crusted pork tenderloin in a cranberry-port wine reduction sauce served with mascarpone cheese polenta cake with beer pairing, Over the Pils (Imperial Pilsner).  Finally the dessert course will feature Crostata di Limone con Panna Montata, a Tart filled with lemon curd topped with blue berries and whipped cream  paired with Elder Betty (Hefeweizen).

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