On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Swine & Dine got a St. Patrick’s Day infusion. For the first time ever, S & D Edmonton included a beer pairing when Chef Steve Buzak, Executive Chef at the Royal Glenora Club teamed up with Yukon Brewing.
The event started at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers (including the RCG’ized BLT), as well as an introduction to our brewer for the evening with a glass of Yukon Gold for the 65 guests in attendance.
After a history lesson on Yukon Brewing from Dave Gardner, Chef Buzak introduced our first course of the evening – Vietnamese Pork Pops with chili lime cilantro dressing and Asian greens which was paired with the Grizzly Wheat Ale.
Chef Buzak even shared the grilled Vietnamese Pork Pops recipe.
Our second course was a surf & turf delight of sous-vide jerk spiced pork belly, stone fruit chutney, baja scallops, and an apricot buerre blanc paired with the ‘I’m Leaving Today American Pale Ale.’
We learned from Dave that each of the labels are designed by Canadian artists – including this beautiful one from our third pairing – Lead Dog Ale.
Continuing his theme of featuring different cuts of Alberta Pork – Chef Steve Buzak served espresso BBQ braised pork cheeks on a sweet potato puree, lima beans, carrot pickle, and espresso demi for our third course of the evening. The braised pork cheeks were fall apart with your fork tender and full of flavour – I was so happy to see this unique cut of pork featured on our main course.
Finishing things off on a sweet and salty note, Chef Buzak served a Valhrona Chocolate Torte with salt pork dulce de leche, candied bacon praline, and marshmellow cream for dessert that was paired with Yukon Brewing Over the Moon Milk Stout.
It was a truly memorable Swine & Dine in Edmonton, and I can’t thank Chef Steve Buzak, his culinary team and the staff at the Royal Glenora Club enough for the incredible service and perfectly-executed menu we had that night. Thank you also to Dave from Yukon Brewing for educating and introducing all of us swine & diners about a craft brewery from northern Canada.