This week on Foodie Friday, we have a guest blog from The Beer Wench, also known as Jena Ellenwood. Ellenwood is an Astoria, New York based actress, writer, bartender and beer geek. Jena is a graduate of The New School and is currently studying for her Cicerone License. She enjoys a good story and a good brew, and usually finds one leads to the other.
I’ve spent countless hours browsing beer events online, searching Brown Paper Tickets for some epic day-long adventure for my friends and I. The Hot Sauce Festival earlier this summer combined two of my favorite kitchen staples—hot sauce and beer—as well as a variety of awesome finger food from local restaurants. Amid the abundance of spiced snacks, however, I left still feeling hungry. Most beer events seem to center around linking beer with bacon; as a lifelong pescatarian, I’m usually the one nibbling out of the breadbasket and picking pork out of my salads. When I found out Jimmy’s No. 43 was hosting a wild yeast –beer pairing dinner that was entirely vegetarian, I just had to go, and, since it was the day before her birthday, I brought my girlfriend Angie, too.
Jimmy’s No. 43 is a cozy little underground joint on the Lower East Side. We walked past the dimly lit bar and to the back room, where there were a few small tables surrounding one long wooden communal one. The beers to be paired with our dinner were proudly displayed on the bar, which was dotted with small candles. We were a little early, so Angie grabbed us a Barrier Bumble Wheat (8%abv) while I chose our seats at the communal table.