I had lunch at The Tap Room today. Good, fresh food alert here.
There is a beet salad on lunch special ($8) that deserves to be tasted while it's still on (Chef Andy White predicts a week or so, "as long as The Bottleworks has beets").
The salad comes out all stylized and vertical, marbled with a soft white cheese (I didn't pick Andy's brains for precise ingredients), drizzled with some yummy drizzly, and garnished with a pungent leafy foodstuff.
I asked Andy to take a picture of it for me so I could show off his presentation. He said he will do so. In the interim, I'll illustrate this brief tasting note with something equally delicious, two Kevin Belford sketches of a very special local model, dancer, person, mom.
My buddy Brett Underwood also emaileth of a Chef Andy White Schlafly Beer Dinner at Mangia Italiano, 3145 South Grand, at 7 p.m. Thursday Nov 20. That's one night before the 2008 Poetry Scores Art Invitational at Hoffman LaChance, but I'm sorely tempted to go.
Here's what tempts me.
Menu, with beer pairings:
Butternut Squash Soup
Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Ale
Smoked trout and corn pancake
Elk medallion and pomegranate with wild rice
Bière de Garde
Duck confit and dried cherries
Winter ESB Ale
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
(Vegetarian options are available.)
The check, please: $50 per person
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