Sunday, July 2, 2017

Penelahpe's at Gate City Brewery's Anniversary Celebration

It was a breezy winter night under a fabulous full moon and a party was afoot in the City of Roswell. Gate City Brewery was celebrating their 2nd year Anniversary with excellent beer, local musicians and excellent food. I invited my fellow food loyalist, Shana Lee , to joined me for the of celebrations of the libations. 
Copperhead American Amber

This was the first taste of the night.  Crisp with a slight bitter finish,

Fried Tilapia  po-boy by PoBoyz Food Service
We got hungry after the drive from Atlanta had one cold one then we followed our noses to PoBoyz Food Service & Catering.  This food truck served hot fried fish po'boys with waffle fries. It went perfectly with the 20 Grand Cream Ale.

The customer service was point.  They tackled two large pops of eager craft beer enthusiasts without a hitch. 

Being a girl from Anheuser Busch land, 
St. Louis, I had to try the Crystal American Pale Ale.  Thank you I'll have another!!!

This Beer was my favorite of the night hands down, Faux Pilsner.  It delivered a light, fruity, crisp swallow from beginning to end.

Dear Beer God,
Please put this fab beer on the shelves soon.

Signed your devoted beer lover.

Make the drive the beer it is worth it hands down and the food truck game is noteworthy as well. Eat and drink well.

Penelahpe's Dinner Party Series: Rules of Engagment

Penelahpe's Dinner Party Series was born after 
1. Attending a dynamic economic empowerment luncheon during the Hope Global Forum 
2. A few Afternoon margaritas and slices of pizza. 3. Attending a million Atlanta Events 

The co-creator  Shana Lee and I were talking about what we want in an event and how would we present it.  
 This is what we came up with: Drinks, Food, Swag, and a Dinner Experience.

Photobooth by Shana Lee

A great staff that came together organically from guests who support and believe in the Penelahpe's Dinner Party experience. 
With each dinner we  research and taste (lots of tasting)   our cocktail ideals to come up with the perfect drink for our Cocktail Hour.  Being in time counts!!

Ridiculous foods served family style and paired with craft beer. Shout out to Down Home Brewery . We have a Beer Sommelier, respectfully, that gives the ins and outs on how to  enjoy the paired craft beer with the meal properly.
Butternut Squash beer made with a Weizenbock paired with Down Home Brewery's Ol' Heffe Wheat
We work with other small businesses.   Westview Studios provided the venue for our Anniversary Dinner  

We have hosted 4 plus dinner parties since we started. We have hosted our second Spring dinner and we practically all of our guests new.     Holla at us August 19, 2017. 

We end the night with something sweet and a toast.  Yeah that's chocolate!!!!!!

Photo credits: Shana Lee

Decor: Shana Lee
Food: Chef Leslie Hudson Gordon

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Penelahpe's and Monday Night Blend Perfectly

I love cooking with beer, for real.  From sweet to savory.  I learned about cooking, poaching fruit in alcohol from Chef Joel from TEASPACE (lil five points hidden treasure circa 2007).  Sake poached Apple dumplings.  

Then the awesome and talented Chef Scotly gave me creative control on the Ormsby's dessert menu and we did SweetWater 420 poach apple dumpling stuffing with pecan streusle.  

So now the  2015-2016 food adventures bring me to the Drafty Trash Talk  Apple Pies.  I made 75 min pies from a great cause TrashWater (they make sure people in rural international spaces get clean water).  My not so secret ingredient is, guess? Go ahead I'll are correct Monday Night Draft Kilt Scotish Ale and its flavor is worth every word.  The beauty of this Scotish Ale is not heavy and has coffee, malt, caramelized sugar,  would go great with ice cream and its the bomb with apples and cherries and brown sugar.   Say it loud "yummy!!"

The Crust is all Martha Stewart.  I'm saying , its just a good crust. 

Okay for la receta: 
Pre heat oven 350
cooking time 
20 min  on stove top
20 in oven

5 lbs.  of  golden delicious apples (preference)
1 C   Brown Sugar
1 bottle Monday Night Drafty Kilt
1 C frozen sweet cherries
3 Tsp Cinnamon

Peel and slice apples thin. Place in bowl of water and lemon juice to prevent browning until finished with all apples 
Dissolve the brown sugar in a large pot. How? add enough water just to wet the sugar. Turn stove top on med heat. 
Once the sugar is dissolved gradually add the  apples and the cherries and cinnamon.  DONT worry the apples will make their own liquid.  

Here's the fun part:
Once the apples begin to break down add your beer.
Continue to stir and taste and stir and taste (if you like super sweet allow the beer and apples to cook down first- you might be pleasantly surprised)
Now it is important to know that even though the alcohol will cook out your final product will taste like this wonderful craft beer.
Let the apple mixture cook until the apples are red and soft and tender about 20 Min
Let the apples cool before filling in your pies.

I did mini pies per the photos posted but please by all means make your pie as your want and make sure you blonde bake your crusts.



1/2 cup butter, cold butter
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
a pinch of Cardamon 
Add all in a food processor and pulse until crumbs
cover the top of pie/pies
Bake pie/pies at 350 until the edges of crust and streusel are golden brown and the juice from the apples and cherries is bubbling out.