May 9, 2011

1st annual Beer Goggle Dinner @ VARGA Bar tomorrow

The entertaining Thrillist is teaming up with VARGA for the 1st annual Beer Goggle Dinner.  The beers are big- and the courses are for the perhaps "adventurous" but sound awesome.  $60 inclusive.
I got to grubbin at Varga yesterday. Evan Turney's food remains as delicious as ever.

Parmesan & Herb Crusted Pineland Farm Beef Cheeks w/ Flying Fish Exit 4, 9.7% ABV
Literally the cheek muscles of a cow, this tender mouth meat's served with a creamy sage and fontina polenta, a crispy pancetta, and pickled ramps, also the much smaller ones Tony Hawk will hit after drinking all the beers at this dinner.
”Piggy Wings” Confited Trotters w/ Troegs Flying Mouflan, 9.3% ABV
Treated like wings (meaning they’re glazed with a ginger-pomegranate sauce and served with a side of housemade bleu cheese), these four-hoofed pigs feet make for the tastiest trotter since Andy Reid literally took a bite out of Jeremiah.
Sauteed Milk-Fed Veal Sweetbreads w/ Weyerbacher Tiny, 11.8% ABV
Time for some delicious calf glands, which come with a mix of fava beans, carrots, pancetta-sage brown butter, and morel mushrooms, even though a strict morality makes it hard to be a fungi.
Lancaster Farm Fresh Head Cheese w/ Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre, 8% ABV
This meat jelly made up of a hog's head flesh won’t be found in the dairy aisle, but it will come with pickled shallots, green peppercorns, red onion marmalade, and a fine herb salad, also what Snoop considers “smoking healthy”.

Housemade Maple-Toffee Ice Cream w/ Yard’s Bourbon Aged George Washington Porter, 8% ABV
Your reward for making it through the previous four courses, this delicious homemade ice cream’s served with a crispy cinnamon crepe and topped with bacon treated with butterscotch and bourbon, raising the question of exactly what kind of food you could take down with a full set of whiskey goggles.

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