Cindy Hutson, Waxy O'Connor, and Sierra Nevada

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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

the beer.

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).

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