Cibo & Birra – Italian Cultural Centre

By @JonnyBeers

“Cibo & Birra ~ Food & Beer Local restaurant Cibo Trattoria (www.cibotrattoria.com) is teaming up with the Centre for this one-night special collaboration dinner. The meal will be influenced by Chef Faizal Kassam of Cibo and Italian Cultural Centre Chef Nevada Cope. Come join us for five courses of authentic rustic Italian cuisine each paired with unique craft beers courtesy of Viti Wine & Lager and Beerthirst. Each individual menu item and beer will be presented by both the chefs and brew-masters.” – italianculturalcentre.ca/

The event was scheduled to start at 6:30pm, but a few late stragglers left time to make sure the beers were tasting good. Quality control, if you will. To start guests were treated with the Greenflash Saison Diego, a great beer from California that is light tasting and full of flavor. It’s a golden colored farmhouse saison inspired from Belgium, something you could easily have 1 or 2 of, maybe 3 (bottles)…

1st – Beef Carpaccio: shaved artichokes, arugula, pecorino brillo, aged balsamic. w. Odin’s Gift Amber Ale

Odin beers are made with food in mind. They are great for pairing and this showed early on as a slight smokyness in the amber ale complimented the beef quite well.

2nd – Mozzarella di Bufala: slow cooked dandelion, crispy garlic, prosciutto di San Daniele. w. Odin Viking Gold Extra Pale Ale

A more hop foward beer was the Extra Pale Ale from Odin. The thing I like about West Coast pale ales is that they retain a lot of the hoppy characteristics of IPAs without killing your palette and letting you enjoy dishes with more mellow flavors.

2nd – Mozzarella di Bufala

Italian Cultural Centre

3rd – Risotto ai Funghi: hedgehog and yellowfoot mushrooms, shaved winter truffles. w. Alameda Klickitat Pale Ale

Another West Coast brewed Pale Ale, but with this Alameda it’s a little more malt forward and I got a bitter chocolate taste that was great with the mushrooms. Run and hide Massey.

3rd – Risotto ai Funghi

4th – Herb Crusted Veal Tenderloin: pea puree, handmade gnocchi, kale, radish, braised cauliflower, demi-glace. w. Odin Freya’s Gold  Kolsch

We all joked that someone scared the calf. Probably Rob from Beerthirst. The meat was a bit tough, but a great pairing with the Kolsch. Having this as the 4th beer worked well as the portions of the food were large and a Kolsch is so nice and light bodied it won’t fill you up right before dessert.

4th – Herb Crusted Veal Tenderloin

5th – Torta Speziata: spice cake with drunken cherries, espresso gelato, nutella zeppole. w. Alameda Black Bear Stout

Probably my fav part of the meal. I’m a huge fan of this beer, and the donut (far right) was amazing.

5th – Torta Speziata

If you’re looking for the next beer event or dinner hosted by Beerthirst check out their website in the events section, cheers!