Tickets go on sale online tomorrow for Savor, a first-of-its-kind beer and food event featuring pairings of haute cuisine from Federal City Caterers and craft beer from 48 different breweries.
The event unfolds in three separate sessions, each limited to 700 attendees. Brewery booths will feature one or two specially selected beers served by the brewers and brewery owners themselves in two ounce pours paired up with tantalizing culinary delights such as crostini of figs and prosciutto, a selection of artisanal cheeses, and chocolates infused with unexpected enhancements such as rosemary and tropical passion fruit.
Big names in brewing will provide schedule full of educational salons, such as Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewing covering beer and cheese pairing, and Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head going toe-to-toe with wine-bibbing “cross drinker” Marnie Old from the French Culinary Institute.
Surprisingly, I don’t detect even a tinge of the local and sustainable craze that has been coursing through the foodie community. Witness the growth of organizations such as Slow Food International, the ‘locavore‘ phenomenon, the 100-mile diet, and the continued double-digit growth in organic food. I suppose the simple concept of beer being a partner worthy of thoughtfully pairing with food is revolutionary enough without complicating matters by weaving sustainability into the agenda. Still, it seems a lost opportunity to showcase fine regional and organic foods from small companies that are such natural allies to the small brewing movement.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be perfectly happy to slowly savor a “Shell-fish Free ‘Crab’ Cake” with a glass of saison, but wouldn’t it have been nice to feature a real crab cake instead, made with blue crabs from the Chesapeake bay, and thus providing an educational opportunity about the collapse of this species? Lots of brewers are hip to the local/sustainable food phenomenon and it seems like the industry really ought to make a point of highlighting regional delicacies that are themselves in danger of becoming as rare as good beer was a couple decades ago. I guess I just want it all. I should just shut up and be happy that they decided to locate Savor right here in my own fair city.