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    Joining creative forces with Bell’s Brewery, Varanese Restaurant is holding a Bell’s Craft Beer Dinner on Thursday, July 10. The reception is at 6:30 and dinner follows at 7:00. The brewery’s own Greg Pilch will be on hand to talk about the beers chosen to accompany each course and answer questions about the Michigan craft brewery.

    Fans of the popular Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale will want to try several other summery ales, along with a special dessert stout.

    Of the beer selections, Chef John Varanese said, “We are excited to partner with one of the leaders of the craft brewing movement. Of the eight beers we tasted in preparation for this event, we choose five that complement the menu well and that really show the brewery's different styles of brewing."

    The dinner and beer menu:

    Reception

    Oarsman

    "Light and crisp, perfect for a reception beer"

     

    First Course

    Amber Ale

    "Nice flavor to it with just a little
    hop to it, great with beer cheese soup and bacon"

    Bell's Beer Cheese Soup with Crisp Smoked Bacon,

    Brioche Croutons and Dehydrated Olives

     

    Second Course

    Oberon

    "A light refreshing wheat beer that we thought would pair well with seafood and
    fresh veggies"

     Shrimp Salad with Fennel, Capers and Lemon

    Served in a Poached Tomato with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic

    Garnished with Mixed Baby Greens

    Third Course

    Two Hearted Ale

    "Their flagship brand and a favorite with
    beer drinkers that like big hops in beer. We paired it with a heavy dish
    like the breaded fried veal cutlet and the mascarpone cheese stuffed
    manicotti to hold up to its boldness"

    Crispy Veal Cutlets with Spinach & Mascarpone Manicotti

    Garnished with Fried Basil Leaves and Oven Dried Tomatoes

     

    Fourth Course

    Java Stout

    "The Java Stout screamed dessert with its creamy texture and rich coffee flavor"

    Java Stout Beer Shake with Chocolate Brownie, Chopped Peanuts,

    Caramelized Bananas and a Dried Cherry Jam

      The dinner is $49 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 502-899-9904 or emailing [email protected].

    Varanese Restaurant is located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue.

    Photo: Varanese Restaurant

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