Redbridge Party At Centrico
Centrico chef and Food Network star, Aaron Sanchez, created a completely gluten-free gourmet mexican dinner. He emanated a totally sincere vibe as he gushed about what a privilege he felt it was to create a special gluten-free dining experience for us. (Some girls claim that Aaron is quite the dish himself!)
Of course, Redbridge brew flowed freely and was the perfect compliment to the spicy mexican flavors.
Here is Alice Bast of the NFCA introducing Kristi Zantop, one of the Anheuser-Busch brewmasters behind the creation of Redbridge. Everyone was really excited to meet a woman brewmaster. Kristi explained how they want us to drink Redbridge out of a glass. You should pour the beer so that it doesn't run down the side of the glass, but hits smack on the bottom of the glass. This creates the perfect head along with releasing some of the carbonation, resulting in a more defined taste. She told us that beer even compliments certain desserts, like the coconut flan we would be enjoying later that evening.
Here Elisabeth Hasselbeck and friends listen intently to the brewmaster. I met Elisabeth later that evening and she was super nice. She told me to tell you that The View is doing an in depth segment on celiac disease this next Wednesday March 14th. Also, remember my little stunt at The View? Well, she actually did get the CeliacChicks tshirt! She explained that the reason it's taken her so long to "come out" about celiac disease, was because she was self-diagnosed and until she was able to get the gene test to confirm it, she didn't feel it was very responsible to claim she had a "disease" when she wasn't sure. That makes sense to me, especially for a public figure.
My photo of the mahi a la veracuzana entree didn't do it justice, so I decided to spare you. Here is a photo of my smoked pumpkin soup with canela cream. Isn't it pretty? There were so many different flavors going on in this, especially smoke and cumin. Very interesting.
Ahhh, coconut flan! MMMmmmm. The evening couldn't have ended any sweeter. For those of you who know I don't normally do dairy, yes, it was worth the rash!
We'd like to give a big thank you to everyone that helped to make this evening a success!