we look forward to this event where Tom and Adam try to outdo themselves.
This year the ante was raised by the fact that Chef Adam Glickman was overseeing
his last dinner at Monk's. To the extreme disappointment of his fans, Adam
has decided to move on after 9 years of pot rattling at this premiere Philly
destination. He left us with lots of memories but an empty feeling. Tom
will be the new Chef until a replacement is found.
things differently this year. I invited some of my friends who are avid
wine drinkers to join us once again at Monk's. They attended a wine/beer
dinner with us here in 7/08 and loved it. I thought that the Christmas
Beers would be a perfect fit for their palates.
began locally with a Sly Fox Christmas Ale from '07. This was accompanied
by a pot of steaming mussels and chorizo steamed with the SF Xmas. Not
our favorite, but they're growing on us!
we went to Michigan and Jolly Pumpkin's Noel de Calabaza with a Hearts
of Palm and Spinach Salad w/strawberries and toasted pine nuts and a dressing
made from the JP beer.
the great Belgian-style beer from the US, we head across the pond to Belgium
and France. From Brasserie La Rulles, we sampled the Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux
and from one of the rare French brasseries, St Germain, we were poured
the Page 24 Biere de Noel. A Pan-Seared Scallop w/beet risotto and sauteed
beet greens was served with these 2 fine beers and was a big hit with me!
with the Belgian theme, we had the spicy Cuvee de Noel from Abbaye de St.
Martin(Brunehaut) and from De Struise Brouwers the Tjeeses. Something new
to our palate was made to accompany these beers. We had Elk Loin w/brussel
sprouts and sweet potato stoempf and a blackberry sauce made with the St.
Martin. An excellent course it was!
expensive if not the best beer of the night came up next. A 2007 Scaldis
Prestige was poured in limited quantity to each person. I do love this
beer and recently picked up a bottle of it at State Line. The price has
dropped a bit since I first bought it, which was a good thing and I savored
it to the end. We received a cheese plate to accent this fantastic libation:
Molierno(sheep milk from Sardinia, Italy), Bayley Hazen(raw cow milk from
Vermont) and Quadrello di Bufala(raw buffalo milk from Lombardy, Italy).
An apple and blueberry compote was served on the side.
not least was the Buche de Noel, my favorite dessert at Christmas time.
We returned to the US and went coast to coast for the offerings. First
was a jereboam of Troeg's(PA) Mad Elf from 2005 and then Port Brewing's(CA)
Santa's Little Helper! Talk about an ending to a meal! I have some '04
Mad Elf left in small bottles, but it pales to this....very little oxidation
and still lots of cherry to complement the Yule Log chocolate.
the dinner, we all got a chance to say farewell to Adam for 9 years of
great food. He will be sorely missed by all.
the decision to stay over in Philly this year was certainly a smart move.
The Doubletree Suites is just around the corner and less than a 5 minute
walk. Not having to drive home also allowed us to stay behind a while and
have another great beer, Dupont's Avec Les Bon Voeux and talk to the beer
celebs there: Don Russell, Lew Bryson and Jack Curtin as well as Pierre
Celis' daughter, Christine.
to say, it was an excellent night as always and we're looking forward to
the next event in February!