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It’s tough to find a better culinary combination than great food perfectly coupled with great beer.
Serve it all in a festive, Austrian-inspired atmosphere, nestled in a mountain village, make it nine courses long, and you’ve got all the right ingredients for a meal you’ll dream about for the rest of your life. No wonder the seasonal Beer and Food Tasting dinners at the Konditorei are so popular.
“It’s a really fun and interactive event,” the Konditorei’s manager Matt Robinson said. “We haven’t had a single person walk out hungry or unsatisfied.”
The Konditorei’s Beer and Food Tastings take place only eight times a year, four times each summer and winter. Held on Friday nights, the all-inclusive prices even include the tip and are paid for in advance, meaning all guests have to do is show up ready to eat, drink and be merry.
“You’re going to come in and eat a lot of food and drink a lot of beer, so we try to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible,” Matt said. “All you’ve got to do is come in and let it happen.”
The quality of the food, brews, and overall experience of the Beer and Food Tastings have garnered them a great word-of-mouth reputation. So not much has been done to promote the tastings, yet they always pull big and happy crowds, including a surprisingly large percentage of locals and return guests.
The Konditorei can seat 70 people for the meals, which are broken down in to three, three-flight courses. Each tasting has a theme, like “Made in Idaho” or “Belgian Night,” or “Oktoberfest.” The beer and food for each pairing are even explained by the chef and sometimes by a guest brewer, farmer or rancher who’s contributed to the meal.
“They’re a lot of work to put together, but they’re fun and that’s why they’ve been so successful,” Matt said. “You get to talk about and enjoy great beer and food.”
The theme for January’s tasting is “New Year, New Beer” and will offer parings of the some of the latest brews to hit the market. As usual, the meal will be full of tasty surprises. The team at the Konditorei only lets us know the themes for each night, the parings are usually kept a secret until served.
Creativity is really what the Beer and Food Tastings at the Konditorei are all about—well, that and having a really tasty and terrific time. That explains why they’re so popular, and why you’re advised to book your spots in advance for these meals.
The tastings are a fun way for folks, especially groups of friends, to enjoy a memorable and mouthwatering meal together. Of course, the deserts and signature coffees alone make any visit to the Konditorei worthwhile.
Konditorei Beer and Food Tasting
The tasting are held on the last Friday of the month. Usually cost $58 per person, tax and gratuity included.
January 29th – New Year, New Beer
February 26th – Presidential Brews
March 25th Malt Madness
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