Monday, October 12, 2009

A Philly beer dinner has me thinking.

I don't usually tout beer dinners in far-off (for the Curmudgeon) Philadelphia, but the press release below pushes more than one button -- and makes me salivate, as well.

First, it's Victory Brewing Company, and that's quality, period.

And: It's "Latin-Asian" food, and both of these generalized world cuisines are grievously under-served (and under-estimated) when it comes to matching with worthy beer styles. In turn, this neglect is due in part to such beer styles seldom being available at the sort of places that specialize in Latin and Asian cuisines.

For the Louisville-centric reader, two establishments spring to mind: Red Pepper and Seviche. Some sweet day, whether with NABC alone or selections from all Louisville area breweries, we'll make something happen at one or both, and it will be very, very good.


PHILADELPHIA, PA – On November 5 at 7 pm, superstar Chef Jose Garces and local brewing powerhouse Victory Brewing Company will partner for a one-night-only Beer Dinner at Chifa (707 Chestnut Street, 215-925-5555), Chef Garces’ Latin-Asian restaurant. The event will feature five courses of Chifa’s inspired cuisine paired with Victory beers, and will be the premiere food event featuring its newest offering, Yakima Twilight, a double IPA. The cost will be $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required.

“The distinctive, often unusual flavor pairings in our dishes at Chifa are an ideal mate for artisanal beers,” says Chef Garces. “Victory’s beers are flavorful and diverse, much like our cuisine, so they complement each other perfectly.”

The menu, featuring Chef Garces’ signature small plates style, will include: Hiramasa with aji Amarillo leche de tigre, passion fruit and roasted corn paired with Prima Pils; Octopus Ceviche with purple olive and avocado paired with WildDevil; Grilled Thai Sausage with tamarind chile sauce and jasmine rice paired with Golden Monkey; Smoked Rib Eye with revuelto de chorizo and huacatay chimichiri paired with Yakima Twilight; and for dessert, Coconut Tapioca with semisweet chocolate cremeux and quinoa chicaronnes paired with Baltic Thunder. Victory Brewmaster and Owner Bill Covaleski will be on hand to discuss the beers and offer helpful hints for those who are new to pairing beer and food.

Chifa opened in early 2009 to critical acclaim; The New York Times praised the restaurant’s unusual ability to “kill two cravings [Asian and Latin] with one dish,” while Philadelphia magazine called Chef Garces’ innovative interpretations of Peruvian cuisine “a cross-cultural thrill ride…A meal at Chifa is a night out, a form of entertainment, an infusion of world culture, a culinary education, something to brag about the following day.”

Chifa is open for dinner seven days a week beginning at 5 p.m.; dinner is served until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday. Chifa is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, or to make a reservation, please visit, or call (215) 925-5555.

1 comment:

caroline said...

You've picked a great place to write about... Chef Garces is kind, talented, amazing. Chifa is a courageous blend. And Victory is a good beer in a beer-drinking town!