My husband and I are crazy about beer and food pairings, well he more about the beer and me the food. We are hosting our second "Beer Dinner" this weekend and have come up with this tentative menu. I'm just curious about other's thoughts, comments and ideas.
* Chicken Liver Pate with Crostini
* Beet and Apple Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette
* Lamb Meatballs with Mint Pesto, Whipped Goat Cheese with Lemon Zest, Reduced Balsamic Syrup and Toasted Pine Nuts
* Short Ribs, Asian Style with Jasmine Rice Cakes
* Shrimp in an Ouzo and Beer Scented Tomato Sauce over Roasted Root Vegetables
* Tripel Bock Truffles and Beer Shakes
A few notes: I know that serving the shrimp after the beef may be considered odd but we have some somewhat picky eaters coming and believe it or not, serving shrimp and lamb successively may leave some diners not eating 2 courses in a row. And yes, we should make the menu approachable but when serving more than 10 people, you end up with some issues that can't be avoided. Also, 6 courses instead of 5 is a bit out of the norm but dessert is my least-favorite and so I am copping out a bit on it and would rather put my focus on the savory items. Plus each course will be on the small side.
My husband has yet to choose the beers for each course (we divide the duties so well!) but I am looking for feedback about the menu.