In Atlanta there’s a new trend for at-home entertaining. Catered dinner parties with craft beer pairings.
My daughter-in-law introduced me to the concept with a recent birthday party for my son.
The event was catered by Chef Karie and Chef Mike who run The 3rd Degree Supper Club. Why “3rd Degree? Because the chefs introduce each food dish and pairing with descriptions of each item and they expect the guests to ask them questions.
Both Karie and Mike have experience in high end restaurants in Atlanta. Chef Karie is Le Cordon Bleu trained and spent her growing up years living in Europe. Chef Mike started at Johnson & Wales, then learned about craft brews working in his hometown in Colorado. The 3rd Degree Supper Club is now in its second year of operation.
Courses for the dinner are selected by the chefs and the host. Unlike traditional menus, the courses are not predictable, ranging from sweet to savory within each dish, and from one course to another. The ingredients rely heavily on those that are in season locally. For example, the heirloom tomatoes were chosen by the chef the morning of the party at the nearby farmers market.
Other ingredients were created especially for the event
For busy young parents, the dinner party couldn’t be easier. The chefs bring in everything that is needed for the evening, including dinnerware, glassware and menu ingredients.
Nothing is left to chance by these food pros. Not only is the menu detailed, the arrangements within each plating are planned in advance!
Pairing: Creature Comfort Tropacalia
Pairing: Allagash Saison
Pairing: Brooklyn I
Pairing: Schneider Aventinus Eisbock
Pairing: Kronenbourg 1664
Pairing: Straight to the Ale 5th Anniversary
Needless to say, the evening was a big success. Of course, I invited the chefs to bring the party to France!
To contact The 3rd Degree click here