Waxy O'Connor's South Beach, hitherto a humble pub, is getting
all classy on us. This coming Wednesday, January 21st, marks the
restaurant's first foray into celebrity chef beer dinners. Cindy
Hutson, chef/owner of Coral Gable's beloved Ortanique on the Mile,
will be cooking up a four-course dinner matched with appropriate brews.
Menu includes steamed mussels with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; beer-brined
pork tenderloin crusted with Blue Mountain coffee and cocoa-mesquite,
glazed with spiced honey, and paired with Sierra Nevada Wheat; New York
strip with blue cheese mashed potatoes, stout-demi reduction and Sierra
Nevada Stout; and banana fritters with vanilla ice cream and Sierra
Nevada Porter. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention: The dinner is sponsored by
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. It starts at 7:00 p.m. "sharp", and
costs $45 per person -- great price for Hutson's cuisine, even without
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Dinners will take place once a month, future invitees including Clay
Conley (Azul), Nate Martin (Andu) and Tom Azar (formerly Emeril's, new
chef at the upcoming Ahnvee). Seating is limited to 40 per dinner and
reservations are required (305-534-7824).