The Art Alliance welcomed Brian O'Reilly and I on Thursday night. 26 people turned out to hear O'Reilly speak about his craft. We poured pils, weisse, Black Raspberry reserve, pale ale, saison, ichor and incubus. They offered 3 tapas for $5. They only hold these tastings twice a year
The crowd asked plenty of good questions (as the cliche goes, there's never a bad one) and there are a lot worse ways to spend a Thursday night.
One of the best things that came out of the night is I was reminded how special the dining space is outside the Art alliance. The restaurant is Gardenia (formerly Le jardin and Opus 251). Only lunch and brunch is served....
Here's a glance at some offerings:
*Shrimp, Corn, and Crispy Proscuitto Risotto with basil and saffron citrus butter sauce (10)
*Over Easy BLT - 2 eggs, bacon, lettuce, tomato and sourdough bread (10)
*Crab Cakes with Mango Avocado, frisse salad, and cilantro lime vinaigrette (15)
*Gardenia Bufger with Cheddar Cheese, carmelized onion Aioli ancd Ciabatta bun (12)
*Fresh Fruit Skewers with cream cheese mousse and raspberry sauce (5)
Prior -= I dug into a tasty meatloaf sandwich and Misconduct Tavern (they were featuring the Harpoon Helles that night) and afterwards I said a hello to pals at Jose Pistolas where they were still holding their Allagash promos. Origlio's Jim Wiggins twisted my arm (I was "taking it easy that night") and next thing I know I am sharing a bottle of Rob Todd's lovely Victoria (150 lbs of Chardonnay grapes crushed and added to the mash) with him and Brian. I ran into Sam Adams' Liz Einhorn, and friends visiting from New Mexico (2nd night in a row- lucky me).