Ramen Fest 2016


The 3rd Annual Ramen Fest, benefiting The Giving Kitchen, took place yesterday afternoon at Monday Night Brewery. The event was once again hosted by Makan with noodles provided by Sun Noodle. It was my first time attending and I was a little excited. The restaurant line-up was quite amazing, so it was definitely going to be a fantastic ramen throw down. As Ramen Lovers entered the brewery they were given a beer glass with chopsticks, voting sticks, and tickets for beer. And so it begins…
The first table I went was Venkman’s. Their table set-up was absolutely beautiful. What were they serving? Hold on to your seats. It’s pretty amazing! Ramen on the Half Shell (Louisiana Oysters, House Fermented Black Beans, XO Broth, Togarashi, Duck Egg Yolk) Soooooo good! And unique! Never saw that one coming!  They most definitely got one of my votes.

Venkman’s ~ Ramen on the Half Shell

Since I’m not a beef or pork eater I was slightly limited to what I was able to try. But what I did was delicious. Little Trouble got my second vote with their Duck Ramen. It was adorned with leeks, pickled mango, fresno, shallots, and mushrooms. So delightful.

Little Trouble ~ Duck Ramen

My third and final vote went to El Super Pan with their Latino take on ramen. The chicken broth was so tasty. I was battling the end of a cold and this was exactly what I needed. I think I had about five cups. It just had a good down home vibe to it.

El Super Pan

I couldn’t taste any others but I was totally satisfied with my options. I will say every restaurant brought their A game. There were some really beautiful ramen dishes being served. I love how creative the chefs got. To top it off, we were able to wash it all down with a cold craft beer from Monday Night Brewery.  Funday Sunday was in full effect!

This year’s Ramen Fest winner went to Eight Sushi Lounge with their Times New Ramen. I heard it was crazy good. By the number of vote sticks jammed into their cup at the end of the night, I’d say they were right. Congratulations Eight Sushi on your win!

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Whabbit Wheat Returns! Spring Is Offically In The Air

This afternoon, fans of the local brewery, Red Hare Brewing Company, came out to celebrate the re-release of their spring seasonal beer, Whabbit Wheat. If you haven’t had it, you’re really missing out. It’s a lightly hopped American wheat beer with notes of apricots and peach. It definitely taste like spring in a glass. 

      
In addition to the Whabbit Wheat, guest were able to taste three Whabbit Wheat specialty cask: Clove Banana, Chocolate Strawberry, and Raspberry Wheat. Tasty!! My favorite of the three, the Chocolate Strawberry Wheat. I need them to go ahead and can that. Like right now. Today.

   
 

To help soak up all this tasty beer, El Nopal was there serving up some tasty Mexican cuisine. I had a Diablo Shrimo Taco and a Fish Taco with Chips and Salsa. It paired perfectly with the selection on beers on tap. These tacos had so much flavor! I kinda of want one right now. 

    

In between the raindrop we enjoyed the sounds of Chris Weinholz, who was sanging out on the patio. He sounded great! He has a new fan for sure.

  

Just when we thought the fun was over, it was announced that there was a brewery tour starting in a few minutes. Cool! I’m in! The tour was lead by Owen , who told us all about the process of brewing and canning beer. Thanks Owen!

   
 
All in all, it was a great Saturday spent. Thank you Red Hare Brewing for a good time AND a six pack of delicious Whabbit Wheat!! See you at the next event!

  

{Foodie Event} Fall Beer Brunch with The Atlanta Beer Boutique


As an Ambassador for CulinaryLocal, I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Atlanta Beer Boutique’s Annual Fall Beer Brunch. It was held on a beautiful, brisk Sunday at just add honey tea company. Perfect weather for beer!  Atlanta Beer Boutique is the brainchild of owner, Jen Price.  Her mission, to educate men and women alike about craft beer. As a connoisseur of craft beer, I can certainly stand by this. At one time, I only drank one brand of beer. Then a friend, disappointed at a my beer selection, pointed out that the place we were at had over 200 beers available. I realized that I had been limiting myself and didn’t even know it. Even worse, I didn’t know much about craft beer. With an open mind and guidance from friends, I started my craft beer journey. Since then, I have been a fan.  So put that love (or budding love) of craft beer and pair it with a great brunch. You’ll have something just amazing. And that’s exactly was Atlanta Beer Boutique’s Fall Beer Brunch was. Amazing.

Upon arrival, I was warmly greeted by the host and her all-star team. Her mixologist whipped up a lovely crafted beer cocktail called the Pumpkin Patch. It was made with a seasonal beer, Imperial  Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher, just add honey’s Vanilla Chai Tea, and Bourbon. It was delicious! Imperial Pumpkin Ale, with its spicy, full bodied flavor, mixed very well with the tea and bourbon for a lovely fall inspired cocktail.

  

Appetizers included Beer Glazed Bacon and Bourbon Infused Fruit Kabobs. With all of the ohhhhs, mmmms, and closed eyes as they were eating, you knew everyone was  really enjoying the bacon. The bacon was from Kilted Butcher and was glazed with beer from a local brewery, Second Self Beer Company.



Brunch on this fine Sunday afternoon, was prepared by Chef Glen Lyles. He put together a lovely 3 course meal for us to enjoy.

1st Course

Pumpkin Hummus with Toasted Pita Points

Seasonal Vegetables 

Beer Pairing

 Imperial Pumpkin Ale {Southern Tier Pumking}

I really enjoyed the Pumpkin Hummus. The pumpkin was an unexpected twist of one of my favorite spreads. With the spicy notes of the Imperial Pumkin Ale, the hummus was taken to another level.



2nd Course

Vegetable Quiche 

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad Dressed with a Wheat Beer Vinaigrette 

Beer Pairing

Thai Wheat {Second Self Beer Company}

This was my favorite course. One the quiche was outstanding! It had the balance of vegetables and eggs. Great seasoning. Just plain delicious! I wanted more! The salad was fresh and crisp. Topped with the Wheat Beer Vinaigrette, made with this course’s beer pairing, it was even more amazing. The course was paired with one of my favorite local beers, Thai Wheat. This craft beer, from Second Self Beer Company, has two of my favorite flavor notes, ginger and lemongrass. It’s a fairly light beer, making it a great addition to this beautifully prepared course.

3rd Course

Berry Cobbler with Whipped Cream

Beer Pairing 

Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale {Wild Heaven Craft Beers}

Yummy! Delicious! Scrumptious! Give me some more! You get what I’m trying to say. This was the grand finale to this amazing brunch. The cobbler was one point. The beer, with its spicy, full-bodied complexity was a genius pairing for it. Well done, Chef Lyles. Brunch was wonderful.

A multitude of high 5s to Jen Price for organizing an awesome brunch. The whole experience felt like I was sitting with friends and family. Great food and even better company. It was definitely good time. Thank you for sharing your love and expertise of craft beer. You rock!

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*As an Ambassador for CulinaryLocal this event was complimentary. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.