A friend of mine at Gastronomista, the award winning website on all things cocktails, told me about this Anchor Brewing tasting event at Chelsea’s location of Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen. Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter was in town to celebrate Anchor’s 50th anniversary of the American Craft Brewing Revolution.
Anchor Brewing Company being from San Francisco, and this being a NYC blog, my focus is not on the beer, per se, rather on the on the chef of this 5 course tasting. The brewmaster admitted that that he really didn’t have too much input regarding what was served that evening. He merely gave approval based on how the menu sounded.
Although this was a beer tasting, in my opinion Chef Brendan Neville, formerly of Café Luxembourg and The Smith was the far and away the highlight of the night. Chef Brandon pulled together a 5 course meal all of which had the beer taste associated with it infused into something on the plate. The dishes consisted of of 2 cheese dishes, pork belly, scallops and his own creations of bacon corn fritters, English pea smash and even sunflower sprouts that I had never had. The pea smash is pictured below…
At one point, I had asked the PR group where they found the chef. I was surprised to hear that he came with the bar! I guess you never judge a book by its cover, as I thought it was just a bar – meanwhile it’s a destination for craft beer and good food.
Thanks to the great collaboration between Mark and Brandon for putting together a delicious night.