I'm going to be out of town for my day job Sept. 22, otherwise I definitely would be making reservations for Satterfield's Beer Dinner next Tuesday.
The five-course dinner will be paired with ales and lagers from Belgium, Denmark and the United States -- beers made possible by Alabama's recent relaxation of its rules governing alcohol content in beers.
My mouth waters, even at 8 a.m., at the thought of pan-seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, with Banana Nut Pain Perdu, Kirsch cherries, and cherry balsamic, served with Three Philosophers, a blend of Belgian dark strong ale and Lindeman's Kriek (a classic cherry lambic directly from Belgium), made by the Ommegang brewery in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Or house-made Andouille sausage (chef Haller Magee is from Mississippi and used to live in New Orleans, so he knows his Andouille), with choucroute, and Owl's Hollow sweet potato gnocchi, served with a Chimay "Bleue" Grande Reserve, a Belgian ale from Abbey Notre Dame de Scourmont in Belgium.
Even the dessert features beer -- the Devil's Brew Cake is infused with Old Rasputin, a Russian imperial Stout from California, and it will be served with the brew as well.
For the complete menu, go to http://www.satterfieldsrestaurant.com/menus/Beer_Dinner_September_2009.pdf
The evening begins with hors d'oeuvres and Birmingham's own Good People Pale Ale at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7.
The cost is $80 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 969-9690.