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Oktoberfest Hops and High Cuisine Dinner at The Carolina Inn

Carolina Crossroads Restaurant & Carolina Brewery team for 5-course October 28 dinner

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (September 28, 2009) – Obsessed with food? Passionate about beer? What better way to celebrate the month of Oktoberfest than on October 28 with a five-course dinner prepared with local ingredients by Carolina Crossroads Restaurant Executive Chef Jimmy Reale and local beer pairings by Carolina Brewery. Join the most recognized local restaurant and brewery as they pair up some of Carolina’s own “home grown.”

As the third installment in an ongoing seasonal series at The Carolina Inn, the Oktoberfest Beer Dinner takes place from 6:30-10:00 p.m. and costs $49 per person. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling 919-918-2735.

The event commences with a reception at 6:30 offering Beer-Braised Bresola, House-Made Mustard Crackers and Cornichon, Foie Gras Pastrami on Pork Fat Brioche with Grain Mustard and Pickled Onion and Duck Prosciutto with Sweet Beer Scented Cranberries with the beer selections being Sky Blue Golden Ale and Flagship India Pale Ale.

The appetizer includes a Beer and Cheese Soup, Local Bratwurst, Sharp Vermont Cheddar Cheese and House-Baked Walnut Pumpernickel Bread served with Oktoberfest Beer.

The salad is Beer-Poached Latta Farm Crispy Egg, Frisée, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Crisp Country Ham and Warm Sherry Vinaigrette accompanied by Downtown Trolley Brown.

A Raspberry Beer Sorbet highlights intermezzo.

The entrée features Beer-Braised Beef Short Rib, Horseradish Potato Cake, Baby Root Vegetables, Tobacco Onions and Natural Jus and Copperline Amber Ale.

Dessert offers Chocolate Soufflé Cake with Porter-Brined Caramel Pecans and Chocolate Sauce and a glass of Oatmeal Porter.

About The Carolina Inn
Recognized as one of America’s “cultural resources worthy of preservation,” The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Mobil Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. As one of only four hotels in North Carolina built before 1925 to remain in continuous operation, it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon.  The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.

About Carolina Brewery
Carolina Brewery is a locally-owned brewery and restaurant that has drawn international attention for its handcrafted beers, all brewed in-house by Brewmaster Jon Connolly and his team. Founded in 1995, Carolina Brewery is the oldest brewery in the Triangle area and celebrates its 14th anniversary this year. Carolina Brewery’s Flagship India Pale Ale won a Gold Medal in the 2006 Great American Beer Festival, and the Copperline Amber Ale is a Gold Medal winner in the World Beer Championships. Both of these beers are offered year-round, along with special limited-edition seasonal specials. Carolina Brewery is equally dedicated to food and its expanding menu, which raises the bar on traditional bar fare. The core menu of burgers, soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and desserts is augmented by a special rotating menu with flavors and ingredients specific to the season.