Brewery Ommegang’s executive chef may be a genius in the kitchen but he’s got a lot to learn about Valentine’s Day. Rather than making reservations for a night out or planning a quiet evening at home with him slaving in the kitchen, Chef Evan Brown is putting his sweetheart to work at Café Ommegang.
“I love cooking with her and I’m definitely not in trouble for asking her to work on Valentine’s Day,” said Brown, smiling. “This is my gift to her; getting her back in a professional kitchen for an evening. And of course flowers and a nice bottle of wine.”
Chef Evan enlisted the help of his wife and co-New England Culinary Institute alum, Siu Trang, to create a delicious menu for couples to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. The pair, who has previously worked together in several restaurants, is excited to share their love of food with guests attending this special event.
The five-course dinner includes carrot and red cabbage consommé paired with Witte; pink peppercorn and blood orange tuna tartar with candied orchids and hibiscus vinegar paired with Ommegang’s new spring seasonal, Glimmerglass; fried oyster with fig caviar, buckwheat and brown butter sand, and mignonette foam paired with Hennepin; bacon-wrapped Berkshire pork tenderloin, braised lamb ribs, Jerusalem artichoke and beet puree, dauphine potatoes, and a Sauce Romaine paired with Abbey Ale; and Three Philosophers genoise with Cuvée Brut cherry jelly, chocolate ganache, and effervescent conversation hearts paired with Three Philosophers.
The evening begins with a beer tasting at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7 PM. Reservations are $125 per couple and may be purchased in person at the Brewery Ommegang gift shop or by calling (607) 544-1800 ext. 832. GBDGF dinners sell out quickly so please call early to reserve your seats.