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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rogues' Harbor Inn at Taste of the Nation, Tuesday, June 14

We love Taste of the Nation. We look forward to participating every year and even more so this year. This year we will be pouring our own craft brew at the event as well as serving some restaurant favorites. It's always a win win to serve some dishes (and now beer) to folks that have maybe never been to our national historic landmark inn before and to raise money to fight childhood hunger.
Our Brew Guru, Chris, has decided to pour our first brew, Cayuga Cream Ale, at the event. We like food friendly brews and Cayuga Cream Ale is a good summer time, nicely hopped, straw colored ale which compliments the dishes we will be serving beautifully, if we do say so ourselves. We launched our new venture, the Rogues' Harbor Brewing Company, this past March and we've been very pleased to see lots of smiling faces enjoying our craft brews since then. Our Head Chef, Luke, will be preparing our Beer Steamed Mussels as our first course. They're Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in the shell with our Cayuga Cream Ale, a touch of Thai red curry and fire roasted corn salsa. It's a truly summer time dish, fresh and light with lots of flavor. Our second course will be a Vanilla & Apple Panna cotta. Asst. Chef Ariel will be serving the panna cotta on a fresh apple slice with a sprinkle of candied apple on top. Italians really know how to serve up a dessert that's not too sweet, but full of flavor that compliments a glass of wine, or in our case our own beer. Panna cotta is a cooked cream dessert that is served chilled usually with some sort of fruit component. Local New York State apples, crisp and delicious, fit the bill.
There will be many area restaurants and Finger Lakes wineries & breweries offering tastings at the event. Everyone brings their best and it's wonderful to wander around and try delicious local foods and sample some wine and beer to go along with it. Our staff takes turns heading out into the crowd to forage for scrumptious offerings complimented by wine & beer tastings. Everyone looks forward to serving and tasting, a little work, a little fun. It's an enjoyable evening.
Ithaca's Taste of the Nation is always held at the Emerson Suites on the Ithaca College Campus. There's lots of parking, and tickets are available at the door or also in advance on line. Here's the link  www.tasteofthenation.org/ithaca_tickets We hope to see you Tuesday. Bring your appetite and help us raise some money- no child should be hungry.