Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at The Foundry on Melrose: Bitchin’ Brews & Blissful Bites

Dogfish Head: "Off-centered ales for off-centered people" | Photo credit to kyleroth on Flickr

Dogfish Head, the Delawarean brewery that commands great enthusiasm amongst anyone who loves beer, is trekking to the West Coast this October for what promises to be an epic dinner. This beer dinner, the first with Dogfish Head in Los Angeles, will be held at none other than Chef Eric Greenspan’s The Foundry on Melrose. I can only guess that the personalities alone at the helm of this event will provide ample entertainment to pair with your…well, pairings.

On that Sunday afternoon, expect 5 award-winning Dogfish Head ales paired expertly with 5 of The Foundry’s dishes. Guiding you will be Bryant Goulding, Dogfish Head West Coast Sales Manager and Brewery Rep; Gev Kazanchyan, hospitality professor; Randy Clemens, certified beer judge and celebrity chef Eric Greenspan, himself. The $79 price point is all-inclusive and quite a steal for 5 courses with pairings. 

Space is very limited, so be sure to get your tickets now! I’ll see you there.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

1 – 4 PM

$79 per guest

Tickets

The Foundry on Melrose
7465 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Chicken Showdown: Ludo Lefebvre vs. Eric Greenspan at The Foundry

Ludo Chicken (paired w/spicy-sweet sauce), Greenspan Chicken (paired w/honey), Goat Cheese & Tarragon Waffle

It was a special night at The Foundry on Melrose, and the occasion would be my long-delayed first visit to the restaurant. After all, this is where a lot of the LA comfort food scene originated – Chef Eric Greenspan (2008 Grilled Cheese Invitational winner and once-Iron Chef contestant) plans to open a grilled cheese-only restaurant. Of course.

Whiskey Trollope

Apparently, Ludo Lefebvre and wife Krissy were in the neighborhood only last Friday and decided to drop by The Foundry to say Hi to their friend. Chef Eric wasn’t there – to which Ludo said (tweeted), “I should take over the kitchen!” One thing led to another and lo and behold, Ludo didn’t exactly “take over” the kitchen so much as he agreed to drop in on The Foundry’s regularly-scheduled Bluesy Tuesday and showcase his chicken next to Chef Greenspan’s. Akasha Richmond was gracious enough to supply fryers for the special event – because we are all family here.

The news was announced (albeit with an incorrect date on the flyer) and a flurry reservations were made for the special Tuesday night. For $6 per plate, diners could enjoy a piece of Ludo’s rosemary chicken and a piece of Greenspan’s bone-in buttermilk chicken. Maya of ShopEatSleep and I were happy to fill a 6 PM 2-top reservation – the very beginning of the night – because we could only imagine how crazy and possibly backed-up the rest of the night would be. Case in point: LA Street Food Fest and the cluster around the Ludo truck.

Grilled Cheese With Talaggio Cheese, Raisin Bread, Apricot-caper Puree and Short Rib

Maya and I started out with an absolutely delicious Whiskey Trollope each – with ginger and pineapple – at a very reasonable $8. On top of that, the pineapple was a subtle finish and the drink overall wasn’t too sweet. Solid. The chorizo veloute with cornichon gelato on Jonathan Gold’s 99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die brought me back to the bliss of Ludobites 2.0 (can’t let the leftovers from The Gold Standard – an event I missed – go to waste, now can we?).

Since we were on Greenspan’s turf, we couldn’t pass up the grilled cheese ($9) as a lead-in to the chicken. So we did exactly that – with telaggio cheese comprising the center of a raisin-breaded sammich, encased between layers of apricot-caper puree and short rib (extra $3). While the grilled sandwiches were delicious, we were so relieved we weren’t full – yet. A fried green tomato would accompany our fried bird and alleviate our consciences a tad in the area of poor nutritional indulgences while keeping with the Southern theme. Vegetable or fruit? I say it’s still up for debate – but the dish itself is a good punch in the mouth, complete with fresh tomato and arugula.

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