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214 Martin Street and Raleigh Brewing Beer Dinner

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rbc_logo_small_red1Thursday night the friends decided to attend the Raleigh Brewery Company’s Beer Dinner at 214 Martin Street. While our evening had a rocky start, all turned out well. I left work at 4:30 knowing I would be cutting it close to get to Belle and Bad Boy’s house. I had told them to go ahead with Uber and I would meet them there. There was a glitch with the first Uber driver, so they had to call another and I managed to be there before the second driver arrived. I thought we would be a few minutes late, but the traffic was horrendous, plus our driver seemed to be lacking in some basic driving skills.

footerlogoThe dinner was to start at 6 pm, we arrived at 6:30 and they were just serving the first course, so it turns out our timing was not that bad. The dinner was located at the top of 2 flights of wooden stairs. I note this because (1) if you were intoxicated and fell you would be severely injured and (2) I have bad knees and it was not a pleasant climb or descent.

We introduced ourselves to the other couples at the table consisting of; Sandy – an RN, her husband Bill – who dealt in party supplies, Carrie – who worked for the EPA, her husband Keith – who was a photographer, Mike – who is a civil engineer and Ann – who works in commercial real estate. We were a motley crew, but fun. The conversation was outstanding and we learned we had all found out about this Beer Dinner though the NC Beer Guys. I hope they will follow our blogs, since meeting the members of Triangle Street Eats.

The first course consisted of roasted pear, apple, beet, arugula, spicy walnuts, Elodie Farms Goat Cheese paired with Moravian Rhapsody Czech Pilsner. The salad was delightful. The ingredients complemented each other. I thought the beets were a great addition. The beer, had a milder less beer taste, which was great for my palette.

IMG_1627The second course was a North Carolina Flounder, cooked to perfection; lemon ricotta tortellini, herb salad, parsnip puree, Cipollini onion paired with Hell Yes Ma’am Belgian Style Golden. The parsnip puree and the Cipollini onion completed the flounder and the other ingredients. It was a hit with the table. Since I am not an avid beer connoisseur, the Bad Boy and the others at the table raved about the great taste of the Belgian beer. Some at the table even had seconds of the beer.

The third course was a Heritage Farm pork tenderloin Porchetta, wrapped in bacon. It was a gastronomical delight, complemented with cooked greens, wild mushrooms, cornbread and a Cider Jus, which was the perfect touch to tie all of the ingredients together. The beer was a Blatherskite Scottish Ale. This beer was also a hit with the table. It was very hoppy.

IMG_1646The final course was a spiced chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache, ginger-sweet potato puree, salted caramel toffee with an orange sorbet. While I normally hate sweet potatoes, this tasted very good. The chocolate cake was moist and the ganache was just the right sweetness. The orange sorbet was the ingredient that pulled everything together. It was paired with the Miller’s Toll Imperial Oatmeal Stout. It was too hoppy for me, but the other diners felt it complimented the dessert course well.

catering_chef1I would like to give my regards to Chef Matt Thompson, his staff and the servers for doing such a wonderful job with this dinner. The 214 Martin Street does a great job in events. A special thanks to the Raleigh Brewing Company’s, Billy Rutherford for giving great descriptions and histories of the beers served. I had such a great time talking and enjoying the dinner, I will be looking for other beer dinners to attend.

Upcoming Events at 214 Martin Street

  • 214 Martin Street “Culinary Experience” Cooking Class on February 12, 2015. Tickets are $79 per person, available at 214cookingclass.eventbrite.com
  • Easter Brunch Buffett, Sunday April 15, 2015 11 am to 2pm. $25 per person. For reservations go to 214MartinStreet.com

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The Traveler

Downtown Cary Food and Flea Market

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signSunday, October 12th was the first Downtown Cary Food & Flea Market. This will become a monthly event – 2nd Sunday of each month from 12 – 4.   Downtown Cary Food and Flea is the creative collaboration of Michelle Smith of Gather NC, April Schlanger of Happyfoodwine & Jessica McCarthy of The Humble Pig. Their plan is for the Downtown Cary Food & Flea to be a Multi-cultural market that features local food, local beer, vintage, art, crafts, food goods, kid’s projects and more. It’s their goal is to bring together all the amazing art, food and fun that Cary and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Although it was damp and dreary, Belle and Bad Boy decided to head to downtown Cary for this “first. “ We arrived a little before noon and took a few minutes to do a walk around to take in all the Cary Food and Flea Market had to offer. In addition to the vendors with vintage items and artisans with their wares, there was Liv’s food truck, Boulted Bread and Fortnight Brewery on site. While we were there, we sampled delicious jams and chutneys from happyfoodwine, admired the jewelry from Tiffany Coley Designs, enjoyed the live music and were entertained by the Circus Family. We also had the pleasure of meeting April and Jessica, two of the ladies who are responsible for organizing the Cary Food and Flea Market. They excitedly told us that the next Cary Food and Flea Market would be bigger and better with more vendors. We left with hair bows from Lucy2’s and croissants from Boulted Bread. We will be returning to this market in the months to come.

We encourage you to attend the next Downtown Cary Food and Flea Market, Sunday, November 9th. The circus family, Fortnight Brewery, and live music will all be back. Olio & Aceto food truck will also be there. – Belle

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