Jeff Whitman of Selkirk Abbey shared these thoughts about his recent Beer Dinner event at Clover… we appreciate being appreciated!
“The first course, baked oyster with Saint Stephen, was beyond anything I had imagined and set the tone for the entire evening. The cook on the oyster was spot on and the breading out of this world. The effect of the briny oyster on the beer was stunning. It dried out the beer and made it a better saison.
The second course, a salad with duck breast and Deacon, was like watching a beautiful couple get married. Everything about it was a union that made each one a part of a better whole.
I am a federally registered seafood-oholic. When at a restaurant specializing in seafood, for dessert I’ll general order more fish. The third course absolutely blew me away. The scallops added previously unknown spice notes to the Infidel while the lobster accented the hops. The combination of the two was epic. – More please.
Pork Bellies and cornbread with Saint Thomas was enough to catch and hold my interest, but not so for Chef Travis and course number 4 at The Clover. While the seasoning on both the bellies and the corn bread were sublime, it was the pickled huckleberries that took the dish and the beer to new heights. Pickled huckleberries? Who knew? …Travis knew.
The buzz before the dinner was about the lamb course. Lamb is dangerous. Fans have high expectations and the meat is absolutely unforgiving. Watch Jack Nicklaus sink this 102 foot put to see how well the lamb was prepared and how well it went with the Guilt coffee porter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUPPnVo0CII
The final course of the evening decadently delightful. The salted caramel turned our Quadruple into an almost cordial like glass of sweet warming alcohol. It was a perfect ending to an amazing evening. One that I hope is repeated soon and repeated often.
I would imagine that 99% of the ingredients used last night are used by chefs across the globe every night. It’s the 1%, the slightest subtle touch, that takes those familiar flavors and makes them into an unforeseen, memorable experience giving joy to everyone fortunate enough to be present.”