By: Nicole Brown
What are two of the things Western New Yorkers love most? Beer and food! So, nothing could be better than a dinner that combined both. That’s just what celebrated brewmaster Garrett Oliver and chef Jim Guarino of Shango Bistro and Wine Bar offered Tuesday at Shango.
Oliver’s litany of successes, including coveted awards and national TV appearances, made the event the first of its kind in Buffalo. He is the author of “The Brewmaster’s Table”; the brewmaster at New York City’s Brooklyn Brewery; and, according to his website, the foremost authority in the United States on traditional beer.
The pairing of Guarino and Oliver made for an exquisite meal, perfectly matched beer and noticeable audience enthusiasm. Dinner comprised three courses, with cheeses and dessert included. The first course was seafood ceviche, Laughing Bird Shrimp, Arctic Char & Texas Red Fish, saffron-dusted popcorn and Brooklyn Sorachi Ace ale. Smoked pork belly was the third course’s main dish, served with the beer Brooklyn Dark Matter. Strawberry beignets and a ice cream proved an excellent dessert alongside Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout beer.
For those who wished to partake, perhaps Oliver will bring his beers back to Buffalo — along with his out-sized credentials.
Oliver has won many awards, which include the prestigious Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing. He has also made guest appearances on ABC, CNN and the Travel Channel; judged beer festivals; and hosted many beer-tastings and dinners domestically and abroad. He also helped found Slow Food USA, an organization meant to improve the food supply and the environment.
You can learn more about pairing food with beer at home by reading Oliver’s book, available at a local, independent bookstore near you.