Those Downingtown folks have been extra busy lately. In the last month- they've done dinners at Bridget Foy's, Chifa, and World Cafe Live ...and they're just the ones that were on my radar.
Last night I attended the one at my ol' stomping grounds, World Cafe Live. We had a ressie for 11. There were 95-yes 95- people at the dinner. The execution of the dinner was seamless for that amount of people.
I knew a few faces around the room (John Doherty, Andrew Konopky and cous Belinksy, Philly Beer Scene chaps, Mat and Scott), but I think World Cafe Live does a great job streamlining their e-marketing. They've got beer e-mails go to their beer people- wine e-mails to their wine people- Sonny Landreth e-mails to their Sonny Landreth people-=- so I didn't know most.
It was a ton of food and a ton of beer consumed to the background sounds of musician David Kelly. I was talking/ listening to dining companions the whole time so I didn't tune in that much but I know he did a cover of "Here comes the sun."
A Victory rep was there, but I didn't get a chance to talk to him. A portion of the proceeds went to WCL's charity, Music Cares, to support Music education for the youngsters. All guests got a Victory pint glass.
World Cafe is over the moon about their new chef, Michael Breslin. They hope to do these dinners every two months...wine dinners in between.
Here's the line up:
Filet mignon: Char-grilled filet, lobster mashed potatoes, with their Fest bier (I forgot how malty this is)
Scallops with roasted sweet potatoes, vanilla bourbon butter paired with Baltic Thunder
Molten Chocolate Cake with Yakima Twilight
-I liked the bitterness of the twilight contrasting with the cake
-I'm glad I save some helios for the scallops...but they were also tasty with the fest bier
-John Doherty enjoyed the weizenbock with the filet more than the shrimp
-There was a lot of beer that I couldn't drink-=-=
*Tickets are on sale for their winter beer fest. Dec. 27th from 1 till 4. $40 buffet included.