Fork who worked with one of my favorite breweries, Founder's Brewing Co. The dinner was four courses paired with four beers, three of which were limited release beers. I like the beers that I have had from Founder's. It's fun to see what they might do with small batches when they can be a little more creative. We were seated in the same room we were seated when I came for brunch. In fact, I may have been seated in the same place. I think the art in the room had changed since I last dined there though. We started things off with a Single Hop Pale Ale called Mosaic Promise (made with Mosaic Hops) which was paired with a Passion Fruit Poached Pork Loin Carpaccio with Pineapple Pearls (Pineapple Poached Cous-Cous), and a Pickled Onion Papaya Salad. It was a great start, the beer had a bitter start, but it was actually kind of light and it paired well with the tropical flavors of the pork. The presentation of the pork was very colorful, the pork was tender, and with the pineapple and papaya flavors, it was very light.
Artprize, a very large regional art fair in held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Founders is from. The beer was a Kolsch called Spectra Trifecta that was brewed with Ginger and Chamomile. A Kolsch is generally a summer style with a light and bright flavor with a dry finish and I generally like them. The chamomile added a floral flavor and the ginger added a spicy finish that was still pretty dry. While it wasn't bad, I can honestly say that I couldn't really get into the floral flavor and I probably wouldn't buy it on my own. While the beer didn't really excite me on its own, it worked amazingly well with the course that it was served with. It was a Chamomile Braised Pork Belly served over Ramen Noodles in a Lemongrass Broth with Ginger Chips. There were also the typical vegetables that you would find in a Ramen: Zucchini, Peppers, and Carrots. The floral flavors were here as well, but didn't overwhelm the pork. The lemon grass gave it a slight tart flavor and the ginger chips were crisp which added a counterpoint to the tender pork and noodles and provided a spicy endnote.
I really enjoyed my dinner here. The food was good and creative and the beers paired together very well. Fork is planning on doing a monthly beer dinner, I may have to attend, if I am available.