I’ve been a fan of Cinebistro for quite some time. They have a beautiful lobby and theatres with comfy, stadium seating and guests can pick their seats out online when buying tickets. They serve upscale food and don’t allow kids in the evenings. Sounds like the perfect place to see a movie to me. However, I was surprised to know that Cinebistro is now hosting spirit pairing dinners. I attended the first one, a whiskey pairing dinner.
Held in the lobby of Cinebistro, an intimate crowd of about 20 of us attended and got an overview of each type of whiskey paired with each course. There were 2 whiskeys per course. Whew – that’s a lot. Now, I’m no whiskey aficianado, and really feel like a learned a lot. Besides the chef explaining how he came up with the menu and each subsequent course, reps from the whiskey brands are there to answer any questions you might have. It is also terrific for those knowledgeable about whiskey as well because you can taste many rare kinds of whiskey that are not readily available to the public.
Course 2 – Domestic Whiskey with Pulled Duck BBQ w/ Pomegranate Bourbon Sauce
We sampled both the Doc Holliday Rye produced right here in Georgia. However, the Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey stole the show. The creamy vanilla / brown sugar / cinnamon was superb. Not surprisingly, this is one of the highest rated whiskies in the country. Little known fact: The high elevation (9600 ft) results in this whiskey tasting especially delicious.
Course 3 – Kentucky Whiskey with Chicken Fried Pork Belly w/ Pickled Mustard Seeds
How do you make pork belly even more
gluttonous yummy? Deep fry it, of course! This was an indulgence, yet very delicious. I enjoyed the Blanton’s bourbon whiskey paired with this dish. It had a slight citrus-honey taste. Check out the bottle (pictured below). Each of their cork stoppers (8 total) are a horse and jockey in various stages of a race. In sequential order, the re-enact a race.
Course 4 – Wild Card (Rum) with Cobia with Kumquat Butter
As far as food, this was my favorite course, though all were incredibly wonderful. The perfectly cooked Cobia with just a tad of the Kumquat butter, just about melted in my mouth.
I’ve been to many beer and several spirit dinners and most don’t impress me. This was different. The staff is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they are doing. I came away feeling like I gained insight into the whiskey making process AND now have another reason to visit my stepdaughter in Milledgeville (a whiskey distillery).
In advance, the cost is $55 per person, which is a deal, considering not only the quantity, but quality of the well thought out menu. Vegetarian? With enough advance notice, Cinebistro will prepare a special menu for you. How’s that for good service?
You should plan on spending a good chunk of your evening there. We had a bit later start than was expected and didn’t leave ’til well after 10 pm. Cinebistro invited me to attend for a complimentary dinner but the opinions expressed are my own. Kudos to my hubby, Glen, for the superb pics.