Monday, March 4, 2013

Salt of the Earth & Virtue Cider Present “An American in Normandy” Dinner - Thursday, March 7

Join your friends at southwest Michigan’s premier farm-to-fork eatery for its next dinner featuring ingredients and beverages sourced within a 50 mile radius of Salt of the Earth. This month’s event – “An American in Normandy” Cider Dinner features beverages from the soon-to-open Virtue Cider of Fennville. The dinner will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 7pm. Cost is $65 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 269.561.7258.

The five-course menu and featured pairings include:

chilled winter root vegetable melange
apple gelee lardo wood roasted vegetable

chicken liver pate
pickled ramp spinach & beignet

canard au cidre
puff pastry candy strip beet pork belly

apple braised roast pork cassoulet
flageolet bean duck toulouse sausage

stewed fruit & sweet rice
calvados pate brisee cinnamon

Virtue’s Featured Ciders:

Lapinette: a Norman-style cidre brut, aged in French oak barrels. Reminiscent of the old days in France, before the great wars, when wine makers of the south shared their used barrels with their northern cousins, the resulting ciders were a little bit rough, unfiltered with a balance of flavors from the fruit, the farm and the barrel. Virtue has recreated this traditional cider by sourcing tart fruit, patiently aging for months in wine barrels, and serving as is, without fine filtration. Lapinette is a window into our past, a very tasty time indeed.

RedStreak: a proper English style draft cider. With its hazy lemon hue, scent of ripe apples and just a touch of oak, this cider has a crisp, tart finish that pairs perfectly with your favorite mature cheddar. First discovered in Herefordshire in the 1630s, the Redstreak bittersharp apple produced a cider so delicious it was deemed to be ‘fit for kings.’ Whether paired or on its own, RedStreak Cider is your next drink.

The Mitten is a winter cider -- a blend of last season’s best, aged in bourbon barrels, and fresh pressed apple juice from the new harvest. Straight cider, aged for nine months, finds notes of vanilla, caramel and charred American oak, balanced with their sweet, tart, earthy juice. Many barrels are filled, but only a small portion, the very smoothest, will find their way into The Mitten. We love the wintertime, especially when we have The Mitten to keep us warm and happy through the long, cold night.

Salt of the Earth- rustic American eatery and bakery is located in a historic building in downtown Fennville, in the heart of southwest Michigan farm and orchard country. A meal at the restaurant is an authentic Midwest American rustic food experience, built from a foundation of fresh high quality seasonal ingredients from growers within a fifty-mile radius of Allegan County. Under the direction of rising star Chef Matthew Pietsch, the SotE kitchen cooks from scratch to create dinner entrees, wood oven fired pizzas, creative soups, fresh salads, desserts, and artisan breads.

A full-service bar proudly serves Michigan craft beers, hard ciders, spirits, and wines alongside other domestic and international products. Salt of the Earth is also a popular entertainment destination presenting the finest roots musicians on the scene at weekly house concerts.

Expect a high quality destination dining experience in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Please call 269.561.7258 or visit for menus, current hours of operation, house concert, and event schedules.

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