We all know about it. Red wine meat. White wine fish. Sparkling water or still, what is you pleasure with that bread basket? But guess what? Somewhere along the line the color of the wine we serve with fish or fowl has morphed into a trend that will take a bit of knowledge to entertain. We know there will be seminars and courses and groups to promote the education that we all now probably lack. And, in time those may be the answer for the owner that still thinks the best pairing with a hot dog is Bud. Times have changed. If your taste buds hunger for a Chicago-style dog (with relish,pickle and all the trimmings) a Zinfandel may be the perfect beverage to swirl rather than chug after biting into that luscious monster.
No, I’m not off my rocker- I opened up the hottest new culinary guidebook to hit the shelves in years; What to Drink with What you Eat, and while traveling through the pages came across the pairing after stopping briefly at Hostess Twinkie, which by the way should be enjoyed with Asti.
Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page James Beard Award-Winning Authors have compiled the 356 page beverage and food pairing bible and have opened up aq new world for bot only foodies, but for restaurant owners, chefs, and waiters across the country.
The book is a must read and will be featured on The Restaurant Blog next Tuesday, October 24th. Once you read the blog, you’ll need the book to pair some great drinks with the great food you’re already serving. And by doing so you can bring a smile to your customers face, add to their enjoyment and increase profits through creatively suggesting pairings on your menu.
If you don’t think the Hostess Twinkiw with a great flute of Asti would sell as a dessert think again. Who would have thought Jeremiah Tower would sell so many Hot Dogs at the bar at Star’s.