Plain and simple, Mondays don’t’ suck when you’re a member
of the Charlotte Elite Squad. Psh. It might as well have been a 3-day weekend
this time ‘round. Our Charlotte Elites gathered at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub in Uptown for a 4-course dinner paired with
sensational seasonal brews from Blue
Moon Brewing Company. We’re not talking plain Jane either. Four brilliantly
crafted courses that utilized the brews themselves as ingredients.
We kicked off the evening at the bar, toasted a few tall
pours of Belgian White, and snacked on a few passed hors d’oeuvres. Mike D’s got it right – “Hors d'oeuvres
were banging and the bartender was slinging us drinks pretty quick.” Kathryn M adds, “The beginning walk
around apps were delicious (especially the jerk scallops) and the social time
was nice.” Promptly after a few brewskies at the bar, the crowd found their way
into the private dining room to be whisked away in to beer-land with Ben
Dolphens – Blue Moon Brewer Extraordinaire.
From there…goodness. It’s just a blur of plates and pint
glasses flying throughout the room. Fitzgerald’s staff brought the heat in
placing Chef Deacon’s expertly paired menu in front of each guest. Things
started off nice and smooth – “For starters we had the goat cheese and sun
dried tomato profiteroles paired with the Rounder Belgian style Pale Ale. Yum!!
I was a huge fan of the goat cheese and onion marmalade…simply delicious,”
says Candyce B. Onward to the Agave
salad with hearts of palm and a lime vinaigrette paired with the Agave Nectar
Ale and then BOOM — Chicory and Molasses Braised Short Ribs paired with Blue
Moon’s Short Straw. Joe A notes, “So
tender! If that had been served for all 4 courses I would have been a happy
camper!” For dessert, dark chocolate panna cotta with Blue Moon’s Blackberry
Tart Ale. Palates were seduced indeed.
Oh, but the madness didn’t stop there. Our friends from Blue
Moon raffled off one of their fantastic pieces of artwork for one lucky guest
AND sent everyone home with their very own 12-pack of Blue Moon’s seasonal
brews featured for the evening! Our lucky Elites even got to take home their stylin’ Elite ’13
Socks! “The take home items were outstanding! I am rocking my
socks off as we speak,” says Mike D.
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Ben G, Yelp Charlotte Community Manager