Live, From Saturday Night!
It’s taken a while to get this post up considering it’s a recap of “Sip and Savor,” the sold-out beer-pairing dinner that happened at Diamond Beach’s Coastal Blue restaurant on Saturday night, so we’ll blame that on the food hangover.
Chef Scott Delsandro — who has been featured on the Food Network during a mother’s day special with NBA Allstar Grant Hill — created a sexy four-course meal that he says he thoroughly enjoyed pairing with CMB beer because, well, the macro stuff is “so blah.” How succinct!
Except for that one guy whose response to our IPA was “What’s UP with the f*cking bitterness?” everyone was thrilled with the beverages.
For some, the beers rekindled a romance…
“It was on our third or fourth date that he prepared a beer pairing dinner for me,” said Paige Pibbo of Stone Harbor, pointing to her SO.
“So it’s amazing being here for a formal pairing dinner now. It’s been delicious!”
Others took their drinks with a side of crow…
“Earlier in the week, my fiance and I pulled up to Cape May Brewery but didn’t go in,” said Glen Baker of Burton, New Jersey. “It just looked kind of like a warehouse. But then we happened to be at Two Mile restaurant on Friday night where the brewery was doing a tap takeover. We tried the beer, and I’ve been kicking myself ever since. We should have gone in!”
But no worries. Glen and his betrothed, the lovely Liz Kaiser, will be back in south Jersey for CMB beers when they get married at Coastal Blue next June. And by then, the restaurant will have opened it’s cool new, art-deco-inspired beach bar called Bungalow #1. It will operate on a space measuring 200-by-400 feet, and from here, the CMB beer will be a-flowing. Who knows? Maybe the next pairing dinner will be on the sand.
“Tonight has inspired me to do a bunch more,” said Josh McCallen, Executive Vice President of Coastal Blue and sister property Hotel Icona.
And if Josh, who has EIGHT CHILDREN, is making time to plan an event, you know it’s worth checking out.
Just for fun, here’s some of what we ate. (Sorry – we got a little too excited by dessert to snap a picture of the dish, but that chocolate trifle made with a Coconut IPA-infused sauce paired great with our Honey Porter.)