What could you imagine more perfect for Matt’s birthday than a beer dinner!!?!?
Gosh, we have GOT to get to bed!!! His alarm is set for 3AM, mine 5AM. Yikes!!!!
My oatmeal for 40 cafeteria manager went OK. I made the batch and it turned out as expected, but I didn’t realize it was being SERVED at a different location!!! D’Oh!!!!!!! I had to package it up and transport to the school headquarters for serving…
I have to say, it was easier to get KIDS to like my oatmeal than ADULTS!!!
That is until I got my officemates to try it….with Barney Butter!!
I think they liked it :mgreeen:
A while later I packed up and snacked on these on my ride home….PLUS an end piece of Dakota bread that I had in my bag
When I arrived in Charlotte I met Matt for a birthday power walk uptown before our dinner reservations. Thanks to a runner for the iphone photo!
We walked for an hour – my workout for the day – and discussed our house sale, Great Harvest and our NYC trip logistics. It was an important business meeting!!
I walked in tennis shoes and brought boots for dinner
The birthday dinner tonight was a BEER dinner at The Liberty!
We met Kate + Nate + Diana + Dan! So happy they could join us
We arrived early and headed to the bar where we got his and hers drinks
And a pumpkin beer sample
Before heading into the private room for the dinner
The beer was by Big Boss, a local Raleigh brewery. I have to say I was really, really impressed by the flavors!! I don’t care for IPAs or hoppy beers and theirs pleasantly surprised me
For the opener they served biscuits with ham and pimento cheese
Wasn’t my favorite…
But I really liked the Amber Rye that went with them
The scallops were great
LOVED the Bad Penny
And with the Coca-Cola pork shoulder!?!? OMG! This is where cola is appropriate!! I ate most of this combo dish
Next stop [Note - I didn't drink too much of each brew - just enough for tasting + pairing]
Totally the best dish of the night – Montana Bison Short Ribs!
I don’t care much for meat and these were out of this world!
Each course was better than the last…
This was Chocolate + Vanilla Ice Cream with Honey Peanuts, Valhrona Ganache + Marshmallow Fluff.
TOTALLY AMAZING!!!!!!! Ganache in the middle!! Marshmallow and amazingness.
Gotta get to sleep ASAP, but we’re already excited for the Liberty‘s beer dinner in February!!