Whole Foods Market is known for fun and unique events featuring local vendors. The Portland location in the Pearl features a Brewery Dinner where they will bring in a local brewer and create a menu paired with local brews. This particular event was an evening with Reverend Nat of Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, a single-minded cider evangelist who searched the world for superior ingredients to handcraft the most unusual ciders that no one else will make.
As a Whole Foods Market Brewery Dinner attendee, you enjoy 4-course pairing with the season's best ciders prepared by Whole Foods Chef Ryan. The food was delectable and the pairings divine. I left with a cart full of cider and food treasures for my trip home. Each cider we tasted was unique in its own right, and this is a perfect opportunity to try something new. Buy your tickets to the next Brewery Dinner on February 26 before it's sold out.
We started out with a cheese, fruit, and nut plate We paired the starter with Deliverance Ginger Tonic as a nice palate cleanser to start the evening while Nat of Reverend Nat's Hard Cider introduced himself and talked to us about his cider and the cider making process.
The next course was a Gorgonzola Cheesecake with tomato sauce, flatbread, and basil oil paired with the Revival.
The next course consisted of wild caught beet brined walleye salad with apple, greens, pickled fennel, creme fraiche, and spiced almonds paired with D'anjou pear Peary cider, which was this really unique cider brew. I highly recommend you get your hands on some if you like cider and/or beer. So. Good.
Are you full yet? Because I was. I was starting to get full after three course. By four, I was nearly ready to roll out of there. And I could barely touch my dessert, which really was a shame, because it was incredible.
Let's move onto the main course. Spice crusted bone-in pork chop with tomato purée and creamy shrimp hominy paired with Envy, which was a collaboration with Barley Brown's Beer.
Last but not least, dessert. Apple crumble with homemade vanilla bean ice cream paired with Providence Apple Wine.
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