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Barley, hops and six courses

The fourth course of panko lamb chop with potato latke, beer olive aioli and beer braised mushroom ragout. All photos by Brei Olivier

The fourth course of panko lamb chop with potato latke, beer olive aioli and beer braised mushroom ragout. All photos by Brei Olivier

Tallulah chef cooks up varied meal with Houston brews as main ingredient

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Last week, Mockler Beverage and Houston-based Saint Arnold Brewery hosted a beer dinner at Tallulah Wine Bar in the Renaissance Hotel. The six-part meal featured regular and seasonal beers. Tallulah sous chef Chris Price said as a beer drinker, he was familiar with some of the beers before he was presented with the task of planning the meal.

The meal started with the seasonal Spring Bock, which was paired with an amuse bouche of a beer and cheese soup shooter with a white truffle porcini crouton. The hearty soup was a good counter to the malty German style beer. The spring bock is available February to April.

The amuse bouche of a beer and cheese coup shooter with a white truffle porcini crouton.

The amuse bouche of a beer and cheese soup shooter with a white truffle porcini crouton.

The first course was the Amber Ale with a duck and sweet potato pierogi with beer braised red cabbage and smoked paprika sour cream. The beer is light and floral and made very flavorful braised cabbage. The pierogi was a little greasy, which sometimes happens when the frying grease is not hot enough, but the sweet potato helped cut the richness of the duck for a nice, light flavor.

“The amber ale is our oldest beer, but we just started distributing it in Baton Rouge last week,” said Nicole Froland, Saint Arnold’s Louisiana sales representative.

The Houston-based company only distributes in Louisiana and Texas, Froland said.

Course two featured a salmon slider with parmesan frites, ale sriracha mayo and a homemade pickle paired with a cascadian dark ale, which is a seasonal beer that is part of Saint Arnold’s Icon series. It is a rotating special release series Belgian-style pale ale. Each is released for three months.

“These are all very experimental beers for our brewmaster. Once we run out, we won’t make it again unless it’s very successful,” Froland said.

Froland said they used chinook hops and Belgian yeast to create a marshmallow-like sweetness and give the beer banana clove notes.

The third course was potato chip crusted scallops with ale sweet and sour sauce on a crispy pancetta round and micro greens. It was paired with the Santo. Froland described it as a black Kolsch style, for the type of yeast used, and the beer won a bronze medal in the black lager category at the 2012 World Beer Cup. The beer met the description that it “pours dark and drinks light.”

The third course of potato chip crusted scallops, ale sweet and sour sauce, crispy pancetta round and micro greens.

The third course of potato chip crusted scallops, ale sweet and sour sauce, crispy pancetta round and micro greens.

Froland said the Saint Arnold’s brewers invented the style. On the brewery website, that was their best description, since it was technically not a style and they used Munich and black malt to dark, yet refreshing beer. The beer also featured coffee flavors that are common in darker beers, which went well with the scallops and sweet and sour sauce.

“It was very sweet and spicy beer to me and wanted to bring that out with the sauce and the pancetta,” said chef Price.

The fourth course featured Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve 12 beer, an ale with spicy flavors. These are also small batch beers. Mockler sales rep Jeff Morin said he originally wanted to make the whole meal centered around batches 11-13 but changed his mind because of the high alcohol content of each. The number 12 batch was served with a panko lamb chop and potato latke, beer-olive aioli and beer-braised mushroom ragout.

The finale was a lemon and rosemary sorbet to pair with the Weedwacker, a hefeweizen. Price says he made the balsamic vinaigrette to cut the spiciness of the beer.

Froland said they use the legend of Saint Arnold, the Belgian patron saint of brewers, who encouraged people to drink beer instead of water in the mid-11th century because it was healthier than most water sources at the time.

March 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Burning bus shuts down part of I-210

A charter bus fire shut down the westbound lanes of the Interstate 210 bridge for about four-and-a-half hours on Sunday, according to authorities.

The fire was called in at around 10:40 a.m. after a Coach USA bus had a flat tire while on the bridge, said Sgt. James Anderson of Louisiana State Police Troop D.

“The bridge is down to one lane on both sides because of construction, so the driver decided to try and make it to the other side,” Anderson said.

Sparks from the tire caused the back of the bus to catch fire. Anderson said all of the passengers — students in the Pershing Middle School band from the Houston area — were able to get off the bus unharmed. They were returning from a band competition in Orlando, Fla.

Lake Charles and Westlake firefighters responded the fire, which destroyed the bus, the students’ possessions, the band’s instruments and equipment and the first-place trophy the band had won.

A Department of Transportation and Development bridge inspector called out to inspect the bridge cleared it for reopening at around 3:30 p.m.

The driver of the bus was not cited.

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May 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Houston crash kills Jennings woman, son

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

A Jennings woman and her infant son were killed in a Friday morning traffic accident in Houston in which their car was rear-ended by an allegedly drunken driver.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Jeznee Robinson, 22, and her son, Brielle LeDee, were the victims of the crash that occurred at around 6:30 a.m. in north Houston.

Brandon Revelle Caines, 24, of Houston has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the accident.

Robinson was reportedly stopped at a red light when Caines approached too quickly and lost control, according to khou.com. Caines sideswiped one vehicle and smashed into the back of Robinson’s vehicle, causing it to roll several times and hit a utility pole.

Investigators said Caines had stolen the vehicle.

link: http://bit.ly/b3feYM

December 7, 2009 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

Sulphur women sentenced for conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants in Texas

published Oct. 30, 2009

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS
Three Sulphur women were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday on charges of conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants.

Carolyn Joyce Metcalf was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and three years’ probation; Terri Lynn Fields was sentenced to two years and three months in prison and three years’ probation; and Jean Morgan Vincent was sentenced to three years’ probation.

The maximum penalty is five years in prison.

According to court documents, the women were recruited by Joan R. Comeaux, also of Sulphur, to take illegal immigrants from the southern Texas border to other locations within Texas.

About a dozen trips reportedly took place between 2005 and 2007.

Comeaux, along with one or more of the three women, would drive to Harlingen, Texas, to coordinate with drivers who did the actual transporting of illegal immigrants.

On average, Comeaux paid the women $500 for each trip.

Metcalf said she and Fields made the trips without Comeaux at least five times in nine months.

During those trips, they drove to Houston in a personal vehicle, rented a different vehicle, and took three to eight immigrants from Harlingen to Houston.

Comeaux is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10.

October 30, 2009 at 10:07 am Leave a comment