In a “friendly competition” meant to demystify food pairings, 610 Magnolia will hold its annual beer vs. wine dinner Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
The four-course dinner will feature wines chosen by 610’s wine steward, Robert Aquilino, and MilkWood’s beverage manager, Stacie Stewart, and diners will vote for the winner.
“Whoever wins gets promoted and the other gets fired,” says chef/owner Edward Lee with a laugh. “It’s a good way to keep them on their toes!”
Lee notes that modern cuisine has become a lot harder to pair than traditional fare.
“All of a sudden you have cuisine that’s very modern … (using global) techniques and flavors,” he says. “You can’t go back to those old wine pairings — they don’t work. That’s where beer comes in. As much as this is a friendly competition, it’s also to say a lot of modern cuisine is equally as good with beer and wine. They play different roles — depending on your mood, they kind of both go in different ways.”
Last year was the first year that beer won. “Every year beer gets that much more popular,” Lee says. “Even four years ago, craft beer wasn’t a household thing.”
The four-course New American dinner costs $70 (plus tax and tip) with a beer and a wine pairing per course.
More information: http://610magnolia.com/ or (502) 636-0783.
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