Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oskar Blues beer dinner planned

Get your appetite ready because there's going to be another big Northern Colorado beer dinner planned for the end of January hosted by Oskar Blues Brewery of Lyons at the Empire Restaurant in Louisville. The following is a bulletin released today about the upcoming beer dinner.

On January 31 at 6 PM, we’re hosting a special beer dinner at the Empire Restaurant & Lounge in Louisville, CO.

The dinner will feature a one-night-only menu of four courses of luscious Empire food matched with five courses of Oskar Blues’ liquid art. (Including a couple special OB beers). The fun-filled night will also include beery edutainment, proof of why beer is the ultimate beverage with a great meal, and a dose of live music from host and Oskar Blues frontman Marty Jones.

Seats for this limited-seating affair are $50 and can be obtained by calling the Empire at 303-665-2521. Learn more about the Empire at

Been to Empire yet? The recently opened Louisville eatery is headed up by co-founder Brendan McManus. He’s a 25-year veteran of the local culinary scene, his pedigree includes stints at such revered Boulder establishments as Zolo Grill, Jax Fish House and Laudisio, and Denver’s revered Lola.

Jim Cohen is his partner and executive chef. Cohen’s efforts at Denver’s legendary Tante Louise led Julia Child to name him one of the nation’s top chefs in 1983. Child also featured Jim on her first "Dining with Julia" television program. The James Beard Foundation nominated Cohen for "Best Chef in the Southwest" in 1991.

Cohen has also been the culinary wizard for Wildflower Restaurant at The Lodge at Vail, Vail’s Cucina Rustic, The Phoenician (in Scottsdale, Arizona) and Terrazza at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Empire specializes in what it calls “serious campfire cuisine,” regional-minded cooking focusing on local ingredients and elegant-but-simple flavors. We hope you foodies and locavores will join us for this unique and very tasty night of local beer and food.

You can bet one of their special brews will be limited offerings from their experimental batches or whiskey-barrel aged beers. Should be a dinner to remember.

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