Since getting the boot from the final ten on Masterchef last summer, Chicago-born, Venezuela-raised, L.A.-based chef Alejandra Schrader has materialized here and there in a number of demos while also organizing her own catering company, Cucina Cocina with former competitor Tracy Kontos. This Saturday, Schrader is popping up at The Brewery Arts Complex with two seatings for an event called "Gastro," a beer-pairing dinner featuring the wares of Firemen's Brew and the chef's four-course menu. Schrader will raid her CSA box for dishes like beer-braised pulled pork sliders with root truffle chips and a wild rocket salad and beer-glazed, grass-fed brisket with heirloom cabbage, parsley chimichurri, and figs. See Schrader's full $45 menu below and make reservations online for the 6:00 P.M. seating as the later one is sold out.
1st Course -Pair with Firemans Brew Blonde
Ale-steamed mussels and clams
Lemony fennel, chervil crème fraîche, black garlic crostini
2nd Course - Pair with Firemans Brew Red Head
Beer-braised pulled pork slider* with root truffle chips
Brioche bun, red onion compote, house stone-ground mustard, wild rocket salad, pickled vegetables
* Substitution: Organic wild mushroom slider
Buffalo lollipop with kale salad
Roasted red pepper harissa, mint gastrique
3rd Course - Pair with Firemans Brew Brunette
Slow-cooked organic, grass-fed brisket with figs and spiced beer glaze
Heirloom carrots, purple cabbage, parsley chimichurri
Beer-infused ice cream parfait
Baked-puffed granola, fresh apricots, blood orange sauce
**Please note that some items may change as we are working with seasonal produce.