South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Café

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog for the past several months, you’ll undoubtedly know that I am a big fan of California Café in Palo Alto. Their General Manager Andre’ Hall and their Executive Chef Mark Pettyjohn have shown an interest and understanding of what craft beer and food can do together. They’ve put their money with their mouths are and have hosted a series of craft beer and food pairing dinners featuring some of Chef Pettyjohn’s exclusive dishes paired with a featured brewery.

California Café is starting their 2011 Brewmasters Dinner series with a bang! For 2011 SF Beer Week, California Café will be working with several of the South Bay’s breweries and brewpubs to put on the South Bay Brewmasters Dinner. Here are the event details:

Who: California Café

What: South Bay Brewmasters Dinner

Where: California Café, 800 Welsch Road, Palo Alto, CA map

When: Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 6pm – 8pm

Cost: $45/pp, exclusive of tip and gratuity. This event will sell out so call California Café at (650) 325-2233 to make your reservations today.

Participating Breweries:


First Course

First Course: Seared Day Boat Scallops, tropical fruit salsa, papaya puree

Beers: Faultline Brewing Company Belgian Blonde and El Toro Brewing Company William Jones Wheat Beer

Second Course

Food: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms oven dried tomatoes, fresh herb & goat cheese polenta

Beers: Faultline Brewing Company Belgian Abbey and Campbell Brewing Company Scottish Ale

Third Course

Food: House Cured Pork Belly,dried apricot-watermelon radish salad

Beers: Firehouse Brewery Pete’s Support Belgian IPA and Tied House Brewery Ale of the Imp

Fourth Course

Food: Five Hour Braised Short Ribs, parsnip puree, horseradish cream, porter-demi

Beer: Campbell Brewing Company Porter and Tied House Brewery Smoked Porter

Dessert Course

Food: Flourless Chocolate Cake, toffee-coffee mousse, double stout head

Beers: Firehouse Brewery OTIS Russian Imperial Stout and El Toro Brewing Company El Toro Negro Oatmeal Stout

I am really looking forward to this dinner. As always, I have high expectations for Chef Pettyjohn but they have been earned. Even though I am familiar with many of these breweries’ beers, I can’t wait to see them in a new light. I hope to see many familiar faces at this dinner.


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