Here at The Heavy Table, we love bringing our readers out from behind their computer screens to nosh and drink together and to meet some of the Upper Midwest’s most talented chefs, farmers, and brewers. Thus was born Roots to Table: Indeed Brewing Beer Dinner at Red Stag.
Last Wednesday night, a crowd of 60 food and beer lovers gathered at the cozy and elegant Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis for Heavy Table’s first ever Roots to Table dinner.
This inaugural feast featured Indeed Brewing Company and DragSmith Farms. Chef Christopher Gerster of Red Stag put together a carefully crafted four-course meal for our guests. Throughout the meal, Tom Whisenand of Indeed Brewing (top) and Maurice Smith of DragSmith Farms visited with our guests, answering questions and toasting to good beer and food.
The four courses were paired with four Indeed beers. One diner, Natalie Wagner, commented about the second course: “I was really impressed with the pairing of the Stir Crazy with the pork belly, raisins, and greens. Stir Crazy is, in my opinion, a pretty subtle beer, and this pairing really brought out its nuances.”
A portion of the proceeds of the dinner benefited Youth Farm & Market Project.
The evening’s menu:
Firkin: Day Tripper dry hopped with citrus hops and summit hops
Seared Scallop: citrus and sunchokes paired with Day Tripper Pale Ale (above, upper left)
Pork Belly: bacon, golden raisins, pickled cippolini onions, and dark spices paired with Stir Crazy Winter Ale (above, upper right)
Lamb Cooked Two Ways: glazed beets and Midnight Ryder sauce paired with Midnight Ryder American Black Ale (above, lower left)
Creama Kasa Cheese and accompaniments: paired with Hot Box Imperial Smoked Pepper Porter (above, lower right)
Look for more Roots to Table dinners in the months (and years) to come.
Learn more about this business in The Heavy Table’s Atlas of Ethical Eating and Drinking.