Brews & BBQ at Portage Lake Brewing Company
by Brit Charek
To me, the idea of a prix fixe menu set by a great chef sounds like an exhilarating opportunity, but I can see how it would be intimidating for some some people. I mean, what if you end up with a plate of mushy peas over a bed of kale? Sure, those things might be in season and locally accessible but, umm, no thank you.
Portage Lakes Brewing Company has come up with a fool-proof idea for a prix fixe dinner: Beer, Barbeque and Ice Cream.
Executive Chef Dick Kanatzar and Pav’s Creamery have teamed up this summer to offer a monthly Brews & BBQ dinner that features various Brewing Companies. The next event will be July 11, 2015, starting at 6pm and will be held at Portage Lakes Brewing Company.
"Everyone loved the first Brews & BBQ event so much, we decided to have one every month until it gets too cold," said Jason Keel, owner of PLBC. Along with a great atmosphere, attendees can expect three courses prepared by Chef Dick, some amazing beers from Hoppin Frog Brewing Company and a delicious dessert by Pav’s Creamery to top off the night.
If those names sound familiar, it's because we've written about them both. Joanna wrote about Hoppin' Frog's tasting room back in October of 2013, and I wrote about Pav's Creamery's Charity Ice Cream Eating Contest.
“The first event was probably the most fun I’ve had cooking. I’m so stoked to be able to collaborate with awesome people and bring my style back to my hometown," said Chef Dick.
If that wasn't enough to convince you, check out the full menu:
Hoppin Frog Beers - Turbo Shandy and Very Rare Mystery keg
1st Course - Turbo shandy battered walleye "fishsticks" beer vinegar, grilled lemon and lime aioli and purple and orange slaw
2nd Course - Peaches and cream Caesar, grilled lettuces, corn bread, grilled peaches, creamy strawberry IPA dressing, avacado, pickled strawberries
3rd Course - Sous vide beef rib with Chef Dick's signature sauce Smoked Cheddar beer pimento mac n cheese
Dessert - Cafe Boris Ice Cream Cake made with Hoppin Frog Cafe Boris
Portage Lakes Brewing Company is located at 503 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, OH 44319.
For reservations (highly recommended) or questions about Brews & BBQ events, contact PLBC at (330) 644-2337.