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Brewer’s Fork to open new unit in Charlestown Navy Yard

Known for its craft beers and wood-fired pizzas, Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown, MA where it first opened four and a half years ago in Hayes Square gaining instant acclaim for its craft beers and wood-fired pizzas, plans to open a new restaurant in the Navy Yard next year, Foodservice East has learned, bringing its moderately priced, high quality fare to the under-served neighborhood. It will be a completely different concept from the original, the owners say, and will have a different, yet to be decided name.

From the Mushroom Man pizza with locally harvested Ben’s mushrooms, melted leeks, arugula, tomato and mozzarella and The Notorious P.I.G. with prosciutto, potatoes, pecorino and rosemary to the Freebird with smoked chicken, pickled collard greens, mozzarella, Alabama white sauce and pork cracklins or the Mexican Street Corn with local corn, mozzarella, Cotija cheese, spicy lime crema and cilantro, there’s a pizza for everyone.

Additionally, there’s a Charcuterie Board, the Flatbread Salad and a Local Cheese Board that changes daily, or varieties of oysters which change daily and five sandwiches – Sweet Potato Pita, Grass-Fed Burger, Spicy Tuna Melt, Meatball and Prosciutto Cotto Ficelle.

By early next year, Mike Cooney, his wife Kari and their partner John Paine will take over the former Navy Yard Bistro space in the Charlestown Navy Yard where Kari will head up the wine program as she has down at Brewer’s Fork and offer a list that compliments Chef Paine’s menu with wines from small, family-owned vineyards at moderate prices. Cooney will select a list of eight to 10 draft beers and cordials.

Ultimate Tailgate Party honors Baldor Specialty Foods

lovinspoonfuls-logo.pngBOSTON – Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ 9th annual Ultimate Tailgate Party, Nov. 3 when Baldor Specialty Foods will be honored with the Thomas M. Menino Award for Leadership for its commitment to sustainability in every aspect of the supply chain to optimize environmental and social best practices.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Founder and Executive Director Ashley Stanley notes since the company’s start in 2010, via large scale support of events, operations, and the personal advocacy of Sales Executive Shane Brunette, Spoonfuls has been able to count on Baldor Specialty Foods as a committed partner. “Baldor is a true leader in the food space with tremendous impact through their sustainability initiatives; they represent an impressive commitment to zero waste,” she declares.

Through advocating for responsible production and consumption, Baldor Specialty Foods is a pioneer for sustainability in the wholesale space. Their programs, such as SparCs and Imperfect Produce, rescue fruits and vegetables from a fate of compost or landfill.

“It’s always incredible to partner with an organization that gets it, and Lovin’ Spoonfuls truly gets it,” says Thomas McQuillan, Baldor vice president of Sustainability. “Baldor continues to identify and promote food sustainability best practices and, together with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, is having a genuine impact in the communities we both serve.”

He’ll be joined at the party by Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern who returns as host. Zimmern, a member of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Culinary Board and a past Menino Award recipient, is a renowned advocate on issues relating to food justice and access. Attendees at this year’s Tailgate will enjoy tailgate- inspired dishes from restaurants like Uni, Myers + Chang, Eventide, Little Donkey, Bar Mezzana, and more than 20 others. The event takes place from 4-8pm, ending prior to the Patriots’ kick-off versus the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20pm (away game), and will be held at Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston, MA 02210. Tickets sell out each year, and are now on sale. More information and the complete restaurant lineup can be found here. General admission tickets are $200 and VIP tickets are $300. All proceeds benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls. The Ultimate Tailgate Party is Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ primary fundraiser of the year, attracting more than 450 guests and over 25 restaurants. For more details, contact Liz Ferguson at liz@lovinspoonfuls

Wine(s) of the Week

Soon it will be Fall and time for hearty rich red wines but this week, we are still sipping lighter options, so here are a few to put on your list!

Lustra Central Chardonnay 2016 comes from the Central Coast area of California, an area this winemaker describes as warm and “all about hedonistic pleasure.” This wine offers rich notes of tropical fruit. Sip and enjoy the end of summer and the flavors of Chardonnay.

Les Hauts de Janeil Rosé de Syrah 2018, a French wine from the Carcassone region in the Languedoc, sings of the Mediterranean. From Winemaker Francois Lurton, it is 12 percent ABV and comes from vines that are an average of 30 years old. Imported by Cape Classics, it offers hints of lemon, white flowers, grapefruit and red currants. The Syrah grapes are hand harvested and the wine is round and rich with spicy notes.

Loon Steelbird Unoaked Chardonnay 2017 from Smoking Loon in Napa, CA offers citrus acidity and a tropical finish of melon, pear, pineapple and apple. It is aged in 100 percent stainless steel and is silky and creamy.

Western Cape Heuningby 2017 from the Western Cape of South Africa is a rich Chenin Blanc that can be enjoyed with seafood and pork dishes. Heuningby is the Afrikaans word for honeybee and the wine offers honeyed aromatics. It comes from Wellington and is rich in texture. Imported and produced by TR Wines in Napa, CA, it’s texture is one you will not forget. It is 12.5 percent ABV.

 

News in Brief – Sazerac Canadian whiskies honored at LA event

MONTREAL – High River Canadian whiskey took home a Gold Medal and a special award at the 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, winning Best of Category with 91 points. Another Gold Medal was awarded to Royal Canadian Small Batch, and Caribou Crossing was awarded a Silver Medal.

The event received 399 spirits from 147 producers and 24 different countries, all evaluated by 21 judges from around the world comprised of mixologists, spirits journalists, top bar owners and educators. Judges tasted spirits and looked at packaging label designs over two days at Fairplex and determined winners using a point system.

Every brand Sazerac entered garnered a medal.

 

The Spirit(s) World

More LA Spirits event awards presented

 FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Los Angeles International Spirits competition presented five A. Smith Bowman Gold Medals and one, John J. Bowman Single Barrel Straight Virginia Bourbon, took home a Silver Medal.

Isaac Bowman Port Barrel Finished Virginia Straight

also was named a “Best Category Bourbon with a Unique Finish” and also too home a Gold Medal, earning 91 points. Other A. Smith Bowman spirits winning Gold Medals were:

  • Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon (90 points)
  • Tinkerman’s Gin – Curiously Bright & Complex (90 points)
  • Tinkerman’s Gin – Sweet Spice (91 points)
  • Tinkerman’s Gin – Citrus Supreme (90 points)

Go to https://fairplex.com/competition/spiritscompetition/

  1. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date to pre-Prohibition. Check out http://www.asmithbowman.com

Buffalo Trace wins big in Spirits competition

FRANKFORT, KY – Three Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits took home “Best of Category” honors at the 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.  Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon won in the category of Small Batch Bourbon 10 years or less, Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon was named Best Straight Bourbon 6 years or older, and Wheatley Vodka won the category title for Best Small Batch Vodka. All also were awarded Gold Medals, as were the following spirits:

  • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Weller CYPB Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Old Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye
  • Elmer T. Lee Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (no age)
  • Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon

 Silver Medals were awarded to:

  • W.L. Weller 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey

This competition, now 13 years old,  was judged by a panel of there top industry judges including renowned authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners. The spirits were rated on a 100-point scale.

For more results at the 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition go to https://fairplex.com/competitions/spirits-competition/awards-celebration.

 

“Pig out” at event at Cambridge’s Pagu

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Tracy Chang’s critically acclaimed Pagu, a Japanese/Spanish tapas restaurant in Central Square marks its third anniversary August 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. The date is also Chef Chang’s 32nd birthday as well as her pug dog, Pearl’s second.

The Suckling Pig Roast will offer two styles of pig served by friends Priscilla Capistrano and Amanda Ryan who will cook two Philippine style along with Jonathan Cardona and Jose Jiminez who will prepare two more, Mexican style.

Guests will feast on both styles with sides and desserts (including the Filipino shaved ice sundae halo-halo). In addition, Chef Chang will serve two popular soft serve flavors — Matcha with Chocolate Nibs and Black Sesame Seed. Beverages will be a la carte  and will feature such specials as a $30 Rose Porron served in a traditional spanish glass Porron pitcher.

Tickets are $45 dollars apiece — pictures with Pearl the pug on the patio are free! 

Walk-ins are welcome but with only four pigs and finite seating indoors and on the patio, the event is expected to sell out quickly.  Tickets are $45 apiece. For reservations, go to https://bit.ly/2YTQ6Cm.