Last fall, we brought you the news of Chef Latinos Wisconsin, an organization established to give Latino employees in the food industry support, increased visibility and a platform to share their culinary stories.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the organization will launch the first of three collaborative pairing dinners at Good City Brewing Co., 2108 N. Farwell Ave. And you can support both their efforts and the work of the Wisconsin Humane Society by attending.
The first Las Catrinas series dinner, which will feature five courses plus beverage pairings, will focus on foods and flavors that these chefs grew up enjoying; and their dishes will showcase modern takes on recipes and techniques which have been passed down to them by their families.
- Starters from Chefs Nicolas Ramos and Erasmo Guerrero: Duck carnitas with hazelnut mole and hominy purée will be served alongside mango and scallop ceviche bites. The starter course will be paired with beer from Good City.
- First course by Chef Luis Corona: Pork belly tacos with poblano tortillas.
Pairing: Good City Salud, a tequila barrel-aged Imperial Pilsner with lime and orange peel and lime puree.
- Second course by Chef Arnie Gonzales: Braised birria empanada; a masa empanada filled with braised goat, served with tomato escabeche and chevre and cucumber salad.
Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Third course by Chef Martin Magaña: Hoja Santa wrapped sea bass with esquites, chili piquin aioli, pickled onion, pelo de elote and crispy guajillo strips.
Pairing: Good City Mama Tried Ale, a crushable, light bodied custom ale custom designed for the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show.
- Fourth course by Chef Ramses Alvarez: Wagyu short rib mixiotes featuring 34-hour braised sous vide short ribs wrapped in banana leaves and served with pickled salsify and carrot escabeche.
- Dessert course by Chef Ivan Fernandez: Dulce de leche panna cotta with cinnamon filigrano butter crumbs, sweet and salty pepitas and chocolate and peach macarons.
Pairing: Good City Days of My Youth, a farmhouse style saison with aromas of orchard fruits, particularly apricots, and mild oaky vanilla. A delicate spice profile intertwined with mildly sweet cereal grains presents a balanced bitterness, finishing with toasty oak tannins.
Tickets for the dinner are available online for $95 per person, which includes five courses plus beverage pairings. In addition, 20 percent of the sales from each ticket will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.