All too often, friends of the local food movement are stymied when it comes to the drink menu. Even though our favorite restaurants have incorporated local sourcing into everything from the appetizers to the desserts, it can be difficult to find a local wine, beer, or spirit on the menu.
So we were thrilled when Chef David MacLennan of Latitude 41 offered to put together a four-course dinner featuring not one but three local beverage producers: Middle West Spirits, Rockmill Brewery, and Brothers Drake Meadery. Chef David, whose dishes have won rave reviews from local foodies, will pair these producers’ vodka, ales, and mead—highlighted both individually and in original creations from cocktail artisan Cris Dehlavi of M—with a menu designed to show off their strengths.
That’s why it makes us so happy to be partnering with Latitude 41 and Chef Dave for this very special dinner, on Thursday, March 24. It will truly be a convivial and educational effort to bring together like-minded organizations and eaters who support each other—one that will underscore the importance and deliciousness of thinking, eating and drinking local.
But that’s not all! Latitude 41 has put together a dynamite list of live auction items:
– a day at Middle West learning to make vodka (and a signed vodka bottle from Brady and Ryan);
– 4 of Matt’s beers from Rockmill, and an extra bottle of Middle West Spirits whiskey-barrel-aged tripel ale (not yet available on the market);
– a tasting with Matt at his farm, with food made by Chef David;
– a private tasting, tour, and Mead 101 session with the Brothers Drake; and
– use of the Brothers Drake event space for up to four hours for as many as 100 people—all proceeds to go to Slow Food Columbus.
Latitude 41 • 50 North 3rd Street, Columbus • Thursday, March 24; 6–7pm cash bar, 7pm dinner • $65 per person + tax/gratuity