Toronado's Christmas Beer Dinner

Why not enjoy two delicious Christmas dinners, the first of which, a six course affair served up by Nate Soroko at Toronado.

You may have had his food. You may have ordered a beer from him. He may have even politely yet assertively escorted you out of the North Park bar he calls home. Toronado’s Nate Soroko is a jack of all trades. But his key strengths are in the kitchen. When he’s not fixing up Spicy J Bags burgers, he’s collaborating with chef friends and helping cater beer-pairing events around town.

 On Sunday, December 18, his culinary skills will be on display in a big way when Toronado holds their first annual Christmas Beer Dinner. The six-course affair will include dishes like smoked swordfish mâche salad, brown sugar-glazed salmon with corn pudding, and a rum and white chocolate mousse trifle paired with rare and delicious holiday quaffs including Thriez Noel, Struise Tsjeeses, and both 2008 and 2010 vintages of Gouden Carolos Noël.

 If you can believe it, this will be only the second such dinner in this craft beer mecca’s history. But, given how good the first one was, plus the fact this event’s centered around Christmas beers—some of the most flavorful and most coveted in the world—it figures to be memorable. Soroko’s first event included a wide array of proteins (beef carpaccio, mussels, scallops, pork belly and more) rubbed, seasoned and glazed to mesh seamlessly with a sextet of Belgian trappist ales that were worth the $50 price tag all on their own.

 Toronado will close the bar to the public during the Christmas Beer Dinner, providing the perfect opportunity to focus in on some exceptional flavors. The feasting and wassailing will start at 1 p.m. and tickets are available online. Toronado is located at 4026 30th Street.

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