Michael Brewer, chef/owner of The Sammich (7708 Maple St., 504-866-6222; www.thesammich.com), will host the first of a series of summer beer dinners at 7 p.m. July 8.
"I thought summer would be the perfect time to explore some of the craft breweries and beers we have available now," Brewer says.
The small plates-focused meal will be different than the restaurant's regular menu of creative sandwiches, Brewer says. The five-course dinner starts with confit bacon with sweet Thai chili, grilled peppers and green onions, water chestnuts, lime juice and jalapeno ranch, which is paired with Green Flash West Coast IPA. Watermelon gazpacho with pickled shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat is served with Brooklyn Sorachi Ace.
Brewer won the title King of Louisiana Seafood at the Louisiana Seafood Cook-off in May. Beer dinner attendees can sample his winning pan-seared sheepshead nachos with charred corn and mango salsa, bacon fat tartar sauce and fish skin chicharrones, which will be served with Abita Seersucker Summer Pils.
The smoked dark malts in Stone Brewing's Smoked Porter will complement Brewer's 18-hour sous vide short ribs with hash browns and molasses demi-glace. For dessert, egg custard ice cream with a lace cookie, candied bacon bits, and bittersweet chocolate is served with Gulden Draak Belgian tripel.
The dinner is the first in a series that Brewer says will continue either every Wednesday or every other Wednesday, depending on response.
The meal costs $40, including tax and tip, and The Sammich is accepting reservations through the private message function of its Facebook page. A total of 30 seats is available.