Randy and I have been traveling a bit recently. First to Maui for vacation, then I headed to Chicago for a fabulous Sprecher Sodapalooza dinner at Graham Elliot restaurant on April 30th. In Maui we stayed with friends so got a nice insider’s view of the island; well, insider’s view for tourists. Cooler and rainier than normal, the weather didn’t prevent us from enjoying beaches and the many microclimates of the island. Randy had a great time body surfing at Little Beach in the Wailea area. Unlike neighboring Big Beach, Little Beach is a nude beach. If you’re thinking of going to Maui, now’s a great time. Hotel and airfare prices are dropping fast, especially this month.
Chicago — what a great town! And Graham Elliot restaurant is just as wonderful. The dishes Chef Bowles comes up with invoke awe. On the current menu you’ll find a Spring Pea Bisque, fresh as can be. But this is not just any spring pea bisque as Graham Elliot’s version contains pink peppercorns, creme fraiche, pea tendrils and a homemade lavender marshmallow! Surprised? Try it. The marshmallow melts while you eat the soup, creating a brilliant combination of sweet and savory.
Sprecher Soda Palooza dinner — the second special dinner Graham Elliot has done (btw: this restaurant will celebrate its 1st anniversary in June) — Fab-O! First course: lobster with ginger ale; Second Course: halibut with orange dream; Third Course: pork tenderloin w/ fried pickle, grits and cole slaw with root beer; Dessert: popcorn gelato (for real!) homemade milk duds, homemade peanut butter cups with puma kola sipped through a straw of red vine licorice. Chef Bowles and his team incorporated each soda as an ingredient in the dish, then served it as a pairing beverage. They truly took Sprecher soda to a new level.
If you get a chance, visit Graham Elliot, 217 W. Huron St. In addition to fabulous food, they have great cocktails and a really friendly staff.
American Craft Beer Week, May 11th – 17th. Celebrate with us. We’re offering special $1 tours. Call the Sprecher Gift Shop: 414.964.2739 for reservations. For more details about what craft breweries around the country are doing, visit the Brewers Association website, beertown.org.