Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Salt of the Earth Concludes its Four-Month Michigan Series with a Rustic Eccentric Beer Dinner Featuring Bell's Brewing

A six-course “Rustic Eccentric” menu showcasing the hand-crafted beers from Bell’s Brewing in Kalamazoo will grace the table at Salt of the Earth – the new rustic American eatery in downtown Fennville on Thursday, April 22 (7-9pm). The Salt of the Earth tasting team, led by Chefs Pietsch and Hahn, has paired six beers from Bell's catalog with six creative courses for an evening of fun and food. This is the final dinner in Salt of the Earth’s four-month Michigan Wine & Beer Series. The series will pick up again in November 2010 and run through April 2011.

Cold Smoked Salmon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

Consecrator Doppelbock

Macho Gazpacho
Fruit- Salt- Cucumber- Avocado- Pork

Scotch Ale

When Pigs Fly
Chicken-Yogurt-Preserved Lemon


Boy’s Night Out
Pretzel- Pork Belly- Mustard

Smoked Lager

Course #5- a.k.a. Whole Roasted Trout
Quinoa- Chick Pea- Verbena- Feta

Two Hearted Ale

Pietsch Tiramisu
Ladyfinger-Hazelnut- Milk Chocolate

Java Stout

Space for the dinner is limited to 40 people, and reservations are required. Call 269-561-SALT (7258). The cost for each dining experience is only $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Dinner starts at 7pm and is expected to last approximately two hours.

Those looking to make a romantic overnight part of their culinary experience should contact Kingsley House B&B, just a few blocks down M-89 in Fennville. A rate of $99 per room (double occupancy), including a full hot breakfast, is being offered. For reservations, call 866-561-6425.

Salt of the Earth is a rustic American eatery and bakery, tucked away in quaint downtown Fennville – in the heart of the Southwest Michigan’s thriving agricultural region. Under the direction of Chef Matthew Pietsch (protégé of ‘Iron Chef’ Michael Symon), this full service restaurant offers a seasonal menu of house-made entrees, shared plates, wood-fired oven pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and creative desserts – using fresh ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible. The bakery café features pastries, artisan breads, coffee and espresso drinks, lunch offerings and free wi-fi for their guests. You’ll also find a bar stocked with spirits, and an impressive selection of Michigan wines and craft beers. Seasonal wine and beer dinners are also held throughout the year. Featuring an attractive warm and homey décor, paired with a chic and modern menu, Salt of the Earth is also a popular venue for local and regional musical artists, with live music every Friday evening. House concerts are held on selected Sunday evenings as well. www.saltoftheearthfennville.com

Bell’s Brewing, formerly Kalamazoo Brewing Company, was founded by Larry Bell as a home-brewing supply shop in 1983 and sold its first beer in 1985. Bell's Brewery has grown from a tiny operation renting part of a former plumbing supply warehouse to a bustling, regional craft brewery. Over 20 years of brewing, Bell's Brewery has built a nationwide reputation as a creative and talented brewery, playing a significant role in changing the beerscape of the nation. Bell's Brewery stands as the oldest craft-brewer east of Boulder, Colorado. The brewery currently sells its beer across a fifteen-state area, through a network of over fifty quality wholesalers and has a developing a reputation across the Midwest for the unique style and flavor. With an ongoing goal to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically, Bell’s strives to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to its customers through its unique ales and beers. www.bellsbeer.com

Kingsley House B&B, located in the heart of Southwest Michigan, is just minutes away from the resort towns of Saugatuck, Douglas, Holland and South Haven. Experience all that Southern and West Michigan waterfront resort towns have to offer, like sunsets over the beaches of Lake Michigan, a thriving Wine Country, arts & antiques, downhill and cross country skiing and much more. This B&B serves up romantic resort lodging in luxury Jacuzzi, fireplace suites, gracious hospitality, a peaceful country setting and friendly atmosphere. The Inn offers many spa and concierge services. From last minute lodging to romantic weekend getaway packages, Kingsley House is the Michigan Inn of choice. Experience why guests return time and time again to this award-winning B&B. Wireless internet is also available throughout the Inn. www.kingsleyhouse.com

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