Last night, an intimate group gathered at Cornstore in Cork City Centre for their Octoberfest-inspired Evening of Food & Beer. The carefully considered courses were each paired with a specific beer. John from Cremin & Radley described the beers along the way and shared interesting information about the brewery or that particular brew’s history. There were even occasions to answer trivia questions about what he shared to win beer and glasses from the renowned G. Schneider & Sohn Brewery in Germany.
Being nine months pregnant, I brought my designated drinker, the talented Arlene Cooke to be my designated drinker and delightful company.
Now, I know you read my blog to make your mouth water, so here is the play-by-play of the evening with photos and menu details:
or the vegetarian option, which I enjoyed:
Mushroom risotto with fresh rocket and parmesan shavings. Perfection!!!
SLOW ROAST WEST CORK PORK BELLY
with sauerkraut, candied walnut, and apple puree (g)
& INNIS & GUNN oak aged beer
PHOTO TEMPORARILY MISSING
But being allergic to pork, I opted for the vegetarian option which was Butternut squash cannelloni with pesto and parmesan accompanied by fresh greens and a slice of the best garlic bread I have ever eaten in my life.
PAN SEARED BALLYCOTTON SEA BASS
with roast organic pumpkin (from Sara Devoy’s Rosscarbery farm), sautéed spinach, grilled baby sweet corn with carrot and orange emulsion (g) & SCHNEIDER WEISSE KRISTALL wheat beer
WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
with homemade short bread biscuit & West Cork strawberries
& VAN DIEST FRüLI STRAWBERRY WHEAT BEER
Here’s hoping they host another such evening very soon. This event and the Cork Gourmet Trail are two of the best foodie events I’ve ever attended and I strongly recommend you jump at the chance to attend next time the opportunity arises. Especially since tickets for this were €45 which covered five food courses and six accompanying (and unlimited) beverages.