The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and Stella Artois hosted the first annual Bite at the Beach this past Saturday, May 17 at the MBS Media Campus.
The event featured South Bay restaurants paired with craft beer breweries from the South Bay and beyond.
The extraordinary event showcased delectable bites, craft beer and wine, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Surfrider Foundation.
The variety of food was dazzling - pork sliders, bacon wrapped shrimp, cerviche, chowder, gyros, clams, mussels, pizza, ahi poke, crab cakes, cous cous, antipasta, jerk chicken tacos – as was the selection of sweets that included ice cream sandwiches, chocolate pudding and cannoli, each paired with a specific beer.
In addition to the fabulous food and beverages, attendees also had an opportunity to experience panel sessions with well-known Ciserones, highly influential chefs and brew masters. Adam Gertler of The Food Network acted as panel moderator. The panels included The Art and Craft of Beer Pairing and Fun with BEER!
During The Art and Craft of Beer Pairing session, the panelists discussed the varied and complex flavors craft brewers are achieving these days and explained how to pick just the right beer to go with your next meal.
Panelist Chef Ann Conis of the Simms Group blew away the crowd, going so far as to say that she’s over wine pairings. Conis said, “I know I’m going to piss a lot of people off….but the only wine that goes with ribeye is a Cabernet Savignon……and there is no wine that works with certain vegetables like Brussel sprouts or asparagus.” Conis has been pairing her menus with beer exclusively for the past several months.
The gorgeous weather brought out the beer lovers - over 800 attended the event.