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The Office Hosts New Belgium Beer-Pairing Dinner Monday Because It's Beer Season

Delray Beach burger hotspot and 2012 New Times Best Palm Beach County Restaurant winner the Office is bringing New Belgium Brewing Company to the Ave. for what the restaurant calls a 'brew-tastic' artisan craft beer dinner on Monday, October 26, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Instead of the usual Office fare, which ranges from the gruyere- and bacon-topped Prime CEO burger to the 21-day, dry-aged cowboy steak, chef Kelley Randall will prepare to showcase his culinary aplomb with a five-course tasting menu featuring items influenced and paired with the Colorado-based brewery for a cost of $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

The beer lineup for the evening will range from New Belgium’s flagship Fat Tire amber ale, to a dessert course paired with New Belgium's Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale, a seasonal (surprise) beer brewed with pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, with an addition of cranberries and a touch of lemongrass — because why not? 

Guests will arrive at 6:30 p.m. for an amuse-bouche (because who doesn't like pre-gaming on delicious food before your five-course menu of delicious food), after which they will be ready to take a seat for the 7 p.m. dinner.

The meal is planned to proceed thusly:

  1. Pomegranate and fig salad with Humboldt Fog cheese, flowering kale, and tarragon vinaigrette. 
  2. A hearty autumn appetizer of roasted bone marrow with maple brittle, date and bacon marmalade, and toasted rye bread. 
  3. Savory roasted duck satay with Anaheim peppers, poached Brandywine tomatoes, spicy risotto, and Mandarin-soy glaze. 
  4. A main entrée of overnight braised short rib with creamy polenta, horseradish crème fraÎche with pear, and carrot slaw. 
  5. House-made monkey bread with pumpkin-honey glaze and lemon verbena whipped cream.

According to a restaurant spokesperson, "Each pairing of beer and food is designed to blend, harmonize, and enhance for a powerful punch to the palate."

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Reservations are required and can be made by calling 561-276-3600. The Office is located at 201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Visit theofficedelray.com.

Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.

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