A True Farm-to-Table Experience: Brewmaster's Dinner at the Ohio City Farm

On a typical night out on the town, your dinner plans might go a little something like this...
You arrive at the restaurant and the host greets you warmly as they walk you to your table. Your server arrives with waters and goes over the specials of the day before leaving you to peruse the menu. Before you know it, your meal has arrived, and, upon completion, your check has been paid. Having had an enjoyable meal, you leave the restaurant satisfied without much thought.

But “without much thought” is exactly what Kathryn Simmons, Responsible Food Coordinator at Great Lakes Brewing Co., wants to change at our special Brewmaster’s Dinner at the Ohio City Farm on July 18.

“By enjoying a meal at the same place where many of the ingredients were grown, you’re opening yourself to an entirely new dining experience that a typical restaurant just isn’t able to provide,” she explains. “All five senses get bumped up an extra level. That’s what makes a farm-to-table meal so great.”

With a six-course menu specially crafted by our chefs and paired with seasonal and year-round beers carefully selected by our brewers to complement each course, attendees will be able to take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the largest contiguous urban farm in the country. A variety of organic veggies, herbs, and spices grown and harvested on the Ohio City Farm will serve as the backbone to the evening’s meal. As guests dine from the heart of the farm, GLBC chefs and brewers will guide the meal by providing insight on each dish and brew.

Serving as the primary funder, GLBC joined other Cleveland organizations to form the Ohio City Farm in 2010. Located just blocks away from the brewery, our share of the farm’s six acres produces organic vegetables and herbs for the brewpub, hops for Pub Exclusive beers and firkins, and a wealth of hands-on educational opportunities for our staff. Our 1-acre plot is maintained with the help of the Refugee Response, a local non-profit dedicated to training, educating, and supporting the local refugee community.

“With so many refugees having agricultural backgrounds, the Refugee Response helps them become acclimated to our city and culture in a way that feels natural to them,” explains Simmons. In addition to the GLBC chefs and brewers, a representative from the Refugee Response will be on hand to further discuss the positive impact the Ohio City Farm has had on the community.

“The Ohio City Farm is the perfect example of how we can grow local organic food, support non-profits, and lessen our environmental footprint all at the same time. We’re building communities within a community by people bringing people together, and frankly, there’s no better place to meet than at the dinner table.” Especially when there’s beer.

Check out the complete Brewmaster’s Dinner below. Tickets for the Brewmaster’s Dinner at the Ohio City Farm are available now.

BREWMASTER'S DINNER AT THE OHIO CITY FARM MENU

AMUSE:
Sweet-n-Spicy Ginger Pickled Veggies
Paired with Commodore Perry IPA

SALAD:
Deviled Egg with Mixed Herb Salad & Salted Radish
Paired with Eliot Ness Amber Lager

SOUP:
Asparagus Bisque with Crispy Prosciutto & Parmesan
Paired with Good Talk Russ American Style Rice Lager

APPETIZER:
Toasted Barley Stuffed Heirloom Tomato with Crispy Scallion and Sweet Pea Truffle Coulis
Paired with Moondog ESB

ENTRÉE:
Honey Glazed Chicken Saltimbocca with Sweet Spaghetti Squash and Sage Butter
Paired with For the Love of Honey, Honey Hefeweizen

DESSERT:
Grilled Pineapple Pound Cake
Paired with Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA

*Menu subject to change

Questions? Call us at 216.771.4404 or email GLBCinfo@greatlakesbrewing.com for more information.