The Summer Dinner Series kicked off at 82 Queen last Friday, June 28 with a whole lot of bourbon and four courses of Chef Steven Lusby’s finest.
Before the food could arrive, we were handed another cocktail. Then came a Basil Hayden’s Old Fashioned with a plate of crispy manchego cheese, pimento puree, garden greens, and country ham.
At this point my cheeks were getting rosy.
Next up was a Knob Creek Rye Tumbler with simple syrup infused with rosemary and orange and a splash of soda. This was my favorite drink of the evening. It was surprisingly light and had a summery vibe that played nice with the maple-braised pork osso bucco. Boiled peanut grits and rainbow chard lit up my Ohioan tastebuds. I really dug that grits and peanut combo.
For dessert, we indulged in a chocolate sweet potato pie with vanilla bean marshmallow paired with Jim Beam’s version of Honey Bourbon. It's bourbon for people who don’t like bourbon, sweet and friendly. I didn't get to take a photo of the dessert because I forgot I had a camera with me. I’m sure the bourbon is to blame.
To finish off the evening, we headed downstairs with Steven Kish for some more drinks (!). I ordered a Marker’s Mark and soda, and stumbled off into the night, happy, full, and ready for the next installment in 82 Queen’s Summer Series Dinner the Carolina Brewery Dinner on July 11.