Indy chefs choose beers for 12 Chefs of Christmas event

Nov 4th, 2014 | by Eat Drink Indy | Events, News, Restaurants

Local chefs gathered at the Tomlinson Tap Room at the Indianapolis City Market Monday night to find out which beers they would be using as a beer/food pairing for the Dec. 13 12 Chefs of Christmas event.

City Market  marketing/communications manager Chelsea Marburger and Cerulean pastry cehf Pete Schmutte at the 12 Chefs of Christmas beer drawing Nov. 3.

City Market marketing/communications manager Chelsea Marburger and Cerulean pastry chef Pete Schmutte at the 12 Chefs of Christmas beer drawing Nov. 3.

Flat 12 brews a variety of seasonal beers that will be used for the event, which is sponsored by Zesco and benefits the market’s foundation.

New this year are Flat 12’s Pear Tree Saison, Figgy Pudding Belgian Dark Strong, Starfruit f Bethlehem, PA Wit and Sugar Plum Stout. This year, chefs not only chose a beer but also a type of dish — whether meat, fish, vegetable or dessert.

Here are the beers, chefs and types of dishes that attendees can expect — keeping in mind, of course, that the chefs are allowed to swap the type of dish they drew, although they must keep the beer that was drawn.

Glazed Ham Porter/Craig Mariutto of Shoefly Public House/dessert

Juniper IPA/Ricky Hatfield of Peterson’s/vegetarian

Chocolate Mint Porter/Carlos Salazar of Rook/dessert

Snickerdoodle Blonde/Craig Baker of The Local and Plow & Anchor/dessert

Cocoa Beware Milk Stout/Andrew Whitmoyer of Thunderbird/vegetarian

Pear Tree Saison/Valerie Vanderpool of Zest/fish

Wholey Ghost Porter/Tyler Herald of Patachou Inc.  & Napolese Pizzeria/meat

Figgy Pudding Belgian Dark Strong/Brad Gates of The Pantry & Brad Gates Catering/vegetarian

Starfruit of Bethlehem, PA Wit/Nitin Naidu of Spice Box/fish

Chocolate Orange Porter/Alan Sternberg & Pete Schmutte of Cerulean/meat

Sugar Plum Stout/Jonathan Brooks of Milktooth/meat

Grandpa’s Glazed Ham Porter/Cindy & Roger Hawkins of Circle City Sweets & Circle City Soups/fish

General admission tickets for the event, which are available online, are $75 through Nov. 24, while early VIP tickets are $100; designated driver tickets are $50. Tickets increase in price after Nov. 24. — Jolene Ketzenberger


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