The Great Escape Dinner and a Beer ExtravaganzaJun 6th, 2012 | By Avalon Kenny | Category: Eatsboro, Feature
Chances are, if you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter in the past couple of weeks, you’ve caught wind of an awesome new catering project called The Great Escape. Last week on Avant on Air, we had the two chefs at The Great Escape come talk and tell us what they were all about. The Great Escape is comprised of Dallas Baker and Sam Shumaker. They combine their talents to pair a delicious meal with a craft beer provided by the coffeeshop/bar Sessions, which hosts their dinners. Along with dinner and beer, bands also play at these dinners. The first dinner was based off a Mexican meal and occurred May 25, and local talents included Laila Nur and GeeKs and AzWholez. This past “dinner and a beer extravaganza” was based around an Asian theme, with a Foothills Brewery beer – a choice of Hoppyum or People’s Porter.
The menu cost $10 – including that aforementioned tasty brew. It included Asian marinated sliders (pork shoulder or tempeh) served with wasabi cole slaw, fried vegetable dumplings with a traditional dipping sauce, and a delicious black bean corn dog with IPA Dijon mustard. I don’t even like mustard (or cole slaw – shows how southern I truly am – and I still liked that) and it was delicious. We can just say that Dallas and Sam make an excellent pair of chefs. My favorite part is the fact that they have a vegan/vegetarian option. I’m not an entirely practicing vegetarian (I cheat from time to time) but I try to eat as much vegetarian food as possible. For the more religious vegetarian, you can easily eat at a Great Escape event.
Another great part about the Great Escape dinner is that there is entertainment provided. This past Friday, music by Emily Stewart & The Baby Teeth, Corporate Fandango, and The Leeves filled the coffee shop. Although the space was small, tables were moved around so that the music could be properly enjoyed by those who’d consumed the beer.
Check out The Great Escape’s dinner this Friday (June 8th) at Sessions – there’ll be West African cuisine and a movie.