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ALS Beer Dinner Fundraiser

19 Oct

I’m coming up to the last few days before my ALS Beer Dinner Event goes down and things are getting down to the wire in a fun and slightly overwhelming way!  Luckily over the summer I secured awesomely generous donations from three incredible local Ohio microbreweries:  Thirsty Dog, Buckeye Brewing and Hoppin’ Frog.  These guys really blew me away with their donations, encouragement and enthusiasm not to mention they are my favorite Ohio microbreweries.

From Thirsty Dog: Raspberry Ale, Labrador Lager, Lunar Lager and Old Leghumper Porter

From Buckeye: Zatek Old Ale, 76 IPA, Old Mammoth Stout

From Hoppin’ Frog: Wee Heavy Scotch Red Ale, BORIS Oatmeal Impy

As for the menu, I’ve been striving for all local and all donated which is a little tough as it turns out but I’ve had some great feedback and donations from local businesses in terms of food donations and raffle prizes.  Sometimes I feel like I need a permanent assistant to follow me around while I dictate my insanely long To-Do Lists and navigate the web of email responses.  Luckily I have a great team of volunteers selling raffle tickets, helping prep food and awesome friends keeping my brain from becoming an addled mush.

To the meat of the issue, here’s why I’m doing this fundraiser: this dinner is for the benefit of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (aka Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research. This is a cause I’ve supported for 5 years since the disease claimed my father. In memory of the 5th anniversary of his death, I thought he’d especially appreciate an event featuring our two favorite things, beer and food. Funds raised will go directly to Project ALS in the hopes that continued, proactive research will find a cure for this terminal, neuromuscular degenerative disease.

The event features a 5 course meal paired with samples of 9 different beers.  There will be a raffle where you can win prizes like a Pumpkin Beer gift basket donated by Rozi’s Wine and Liquor House, a custom made cake from local baker extraordinaire Liz Keeney, gift certificates to the Village Deli and Middle Ground, beer steins and a Kenyon blanket from the College Bookstore.

The Menu:


Grilled hot italian sausage with lemon and cilantro

Sweet potatoes Anna

Osso Bucco

Local cheese plate with local chocolates, Beckwith apples and cider

Mini BORIS pancakes with honey

*sorbet palate cleanser in between courses of Thirsty Dog’s Raspberry Ale

me and Poppie

the whole reason

Breakfast of Champions

23 Jul

Growing up in my household meant weekend brunch was full of glorious pancakes.  These babies were homemade, none of that god awful Bisquick-add-water-to-the-jug-and-pour shit.  No these are completely from scratch.  I think my record was putting down 3 of these, more than that and I might have passed out with my face on the table for a solid 3 hours.  Ken Albala, author of Pancake: A Global History, deftly describes the joys and pains of pancake love.

mmmmm pancakes

If we’re talking comfort food, these are definitely the top dogs for me and what could possibly heighten my love for them but a seriously delicious beer.  I am a neophyte when it comes to the breakfast/oatmeal stouts but as of now the first beer that popped into my head to pair with pancakes was a local:  Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout.  It pours a very solid dark brown black with a small lighter brown head. Aroma like a moist slightly bitter chocolate cake and reminds me of the sloppy cake little Brucey Bogtrotter had to eat in the book/movie Matilda. Molasses, smooth ripe dark fruit sweetness. Seriously seriously delicious and proud it comes from Ohio. Coats the mouth but not too much with slight bubbles of carbonation and a very mellow smooth finish.  Just because it was the first to pop into my head doesn’t make it the perfect choice.  New adventure to figure out!


(Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl)

1 1/2 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

(Mix together in a separate bowl)

2 eggs

1 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup BORIS the Crusher

3 tablespoons melted butter

Now that the prep work is done, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold into the mixture, DO  NOT WHISK UNTIL SMOOTH.  The ideal mixture is kinda rough and lumpy which makes the cakes rise and thicken better, so carefully make sure the wet ingredients cover the dry. (If you have the time cover the bowl of batter with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for an hour)

Next take out a griddle and turn your stove to a low medium heat and wait for the surface to warm.  Take peanut oil and drizzle a little on the griddle and with a folded up paper towel spread the thin coating all over.  While this is going on, place plates in the oven at a low heat so they warm up.

Put a small slice of butter on the griddle for each spot you intend to cook a pancake and place whatever size dollop of batter you want over top.  The pancake is ready to flip when the sides pull away from the griddle and the uncooked batter on top starts to blister.  Then flip and cook until it reaches a consistency you like: personally, I like mine a little doughy on the inside!

To serve, take out plates from the oven and serve up the cakes with whatever sides you choose.  The flavor is beautiful – it’s only a touch of booziness, but mostly you get a light chocolate taste.  SO GOOD.

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