Consummate Collaborations

The Art of Pairing and Sharing

Exceptional cuisine and enticing libations will be highlighted in each issue of this year’s in the Mix magazine as we present a unique “coming together” of the culinary minds of our hospitality customers.

One of our main missions this year is to bring more food & beverage related articles into the magazine. Over the past five years we have seen increased use of food & beverage pairings on menus and in promotional concepts, as well as a rise in general interest by the consumer. As the public’s palate becomes more refined, cocktail flavors expand, and wine knowledge increases, people are looking for more sophisticated flavor profiles.

All of this adds significantly more pleasure to the dining experience. Historically, wine has always been the beverage of choice when pairing with culinary but now we are free to experiment. We have great craft, domestic, and import beers for all tastes, and beer certainly has come a long way from simply being associated with burgers and wings. Beer’s wide range of tastes allows for surprisingly sophisticated food pairings. Spirits are a world all unto themselves with superb flavor profiles and cocktails of vast variety and fashion. Malt scotches, bourbons, aged rums, and tequilas have each added new dimensions to their potential culinary pairings, from hors d’ oeuvres to entrees and desserts.

It’s all about flavor, of course, as food pairing is very subjective and unique to each individual. Your guests have a growing awareness of, and desire for, full-flavor profiles and will look for dishes that complement one another, as well as beverages that complement foods. In the following pages you will find new trends and interesting pairings from simple, straightforward dishes to the eclectic and exotic.

Steamed Mussels & Lime Drop

District-PairingOther Pairings Include:
AZ Sweet Shrimp Po’ Boy Sliders & Hurricane
Golden Calamari & Peach Sangria
Apple Pie & Caramel Apple Martini

District’s emphasis on “fresh” was the inspiration for this four-course pairing, which features seafood-specific dishes finished with the sweet flavor of apple pie.

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DropDistrict American Kitchen & Wine Bar
@ the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
320 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

phi-pairing-2“Three Bites to Begin” & “Eden Martini”

Phi Bar and Bistro at the Hotel INDIGO Asheville, NC, is committed to using fresh, organic, and seasonal ingredients that support the local farms, businesses and the Carolinas region.

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Phi Bar and Bistro
@ the Hotel INDIGO
151 Haywood St.
Downtown Asheville, NC 28801

library-bistro-pairingQuinoa and Hearts of Palm Salad & Scotch 75

The bar’s vast whiskey selection inspired the team to combine a nice, smoky Scotch with something light and refreshing.

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Library Bistro and Bookstore Bar
Inside the Alexis Hotel
92 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington 98104

green-and-hot-and-margaritaGreen and Hot Bison Burger & Ted’s Signature Margarita

Burgers and Margaritas – Two American favorites.

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Ted’s Montana Grill
133 Luckie Street
Atlanta, GA 30304

ic-miami-pairing1Yuca Blini & Lemon-Pepper Martini

The entrée is a Yuca Blini, Topped with Sautéed Shrimps and Drizzled with a Mango Syrup. Accompanying the entrée is a jalapeño-infused tequila martini with a stuffed jalapeño pepper as garnish (Lemon-Pepper Martini).

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InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131

wine-pairing“Peking style” 7-spiced Duck & 2007 Red Diamond Merlot Columbia Valley

The body of the wine is in perfect balance with the richness of the meat. It is a classic match of duck and merlot, enhanced by the perfect harmony of gingered cranberries and the Red Diamond Merlot’s rich berry flavors.

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Twist at Hanohano & Flights at Twist
Sheraton Waikiki Resort, 30th Floor
2255 Kalaukaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

lobster-buddha-pairingLocal Spiny Lobster & “Buddha’s Hand”

The Buddha’s Hand cocktail, like the spiny lobster dish, plays on the indigenous concept of the Grant Grill by using local farmers’ market citrus, resulting in a perfect combination of seasonal, citrus-inspired food and beverage flavors.

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The Grant Grill
US Grant, Luxury Collection Hotel
326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Putnam’s Sam Adams Dinner

Gideon Putnam Resort’s Putnam’s Restaurant & Bar presents a night where food is paired with Sam Adams beer to create a memorable feast for the palate.

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Putnam’s Restaurant & Bar
at the Gideon Putnam Resort
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866