Gluten Free Dinner with Cider Pairings

Last Monday Katie and I went to Nightingale for a prix fix meal. Let me preface this by saying that Katie used to work at Nightingale. Therefore, she saw this awesome meal coming up and asked me if I wanted to go. (Remember though, no one gives me anything for my opinions, they are all mine.)

Nightingale has been doing meals paired with local breweries for a while now. None of those appeal to me because of that whole, I can’t drink beer thing. Well this one was set to be paired with cider, from my favorite cider brewery. And to top it off, the entire menu was set to be gluten free (something Nightingale already does well with).

That would be Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis. If you’re ever in town, you’ve gotta stop by and check them out. They make craft cider like most breweries make craft beer. It is super different from anything else I’ve had. They pride themselves on using fresh (mostly) local apples. It happens to be that Minnesota is home to the most famous types of apples (does it get better than honeycrisp?).

Menu and quick pictures of our meal
Menu and quick pictures of our meal

We got started with deep fried risotto. So tasty. The rest of the menu pretty much speaks for itself, so I won’t go over what every little thing was.

The habanero cucumber cider was awesome. It was one of those spiced things that really doesn’t hit you until you’ve been sitting there a while. The veggies were my favorite thing of the evening.

I don’t believe I’d ever had pate or chicken liver before, so that was a new experience. It was definitely one of those things that if I didn’t know what it was, it might have gone over better. That being said, I’d eat it again!

This is, I believe, the first ravioli I have had since being gluten intolerant (going on 16 years now). I was rather excited for this experience. I was a little bummed to discover that the pasta didn’t hold up to the broth very well, and ended up falling apart. That is rather common with gluten free things; they just don’t hold up well to moisture on top. Oh well. Flavors were spot on.

The burnout smoked apple cider was the winner of the night. In the announcement bit about each dish and cider we found out that this was the last barrel of this cider. That was very sad to hear because other wise I would definitely be heading up to grab some more. We had to have another glass of that before heading home for the night.

You’ll notice that my plate picture certainly doesn’t look much like halibut. That’s the joy of eating out with Katie sometimes. We got scallops instead, as they ended up being a tad short on fish and we were more than happy to have scallops. Everything on the plate was delicious, but perhaps didn’t quite go together.

I am a fan of goat cheese, and the homemade ricotta was no exception. Creamy and tart all at once. Delicious.

It was so nice to sit down to a meal and not have to ask one single question about what was in the food! I forgot how easy it is to simply eat what is served to you without worry.

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