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Common Table Hosts Beer vs Wine Dinner

by Steven Doyle

The Common Table, which in its first year has fast become the place where the cool kids hang out to enjoy great craft beer, will be hosting a Beer vs. Wine Dinner Monday, June 6 at 7:00pm. 

In speaking with Corey Pond, proprietor of the uptown brew pub he said, “The Beer vs. Wine dinner concept has been done in a number of places around the country, but as far as we know no one has done one at this level in DFW. Most of the wines have beer rated 90 points or higher by Robert Parker and every beer scores 99 or 100 points on The dinner is really to celebrate our first anniversary and something we’ve wanted to do since we opened. We’ve worked closely with breweries, wineries and distributors to get the best possible wine & beer for the dinner. Chef Mike has gone all out on the food too. It should be an amazing night.”

The dinner will be led by The Common Table’s in-house Cicerone, Jeff Fryman, who paired the beers for the evening, and Tim Campbell from Republic National Beverage who holds a Wine & Spirits Education Trust Advanced Certificate (comparable to Sommelier but also trained in spirits as well).

Random Cute Beer Girl

The dinner will be prepared by chef Mike Smith, formerly of 2900 and The Green Room,  will consist of 5-courses. Each course will be paired with both a wine and a beer. Guests will vote of which paired better with each course.

Following the dinner, there will be a keg of 2007 Brooklyn Brewery Monster Barley Wine that will be tapped while the votes are tallied and the results revealed.

This event will be officially announced Friday, so Crave readers have a running start at reservations. We also scored a preview of the night’s menu:

1st course

Mini crab BLT with saffron aioli, baby red leaf lettuce, grape tomato and toasted Empire Bakery sourdough

Paired w/

2007 Hartford Court Land’s Edge Pinot Noir (93 pts Robert Parker)

Stone Smoked Porter (100 pts Rate Beer)

2nd course

Baby spinach with warm wild mushrooms tossed in sherry and shallots – finished with asiago cheese

Paired w/

2009 Longshadows Poet’s Leap Reisling (95 pts Wine Enthusiast)

2008 Ommegang Biere de Mars (99 pts Rate Beer)

3rd course

Pan seared scallop with crispy Peruvian potatoes, fresh pea puree and micro greens in mimosa vinaigrette

Paired w/

2006 Robert Mondavi Reserve Fume Blanc (not rated)

Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit (100 pts Rate Beer)

4th course

Grilled lamb T-bone with Mediterranean vegetables and fresh oregano and walnut pesto

Paired w/

2007 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red (96 pts Robert Parker)

Schneider Aventinus (100 pts Rate Beer)


 Tiramisu with espresso caramel sauce

Paired w/

Santo Stefano Moscato (not rated)

2008 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (100 pts Rate Beer)


The Common Table
2917 Fairmount St, Dallas
(214) 880-7414

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