Pretty Things Vegetarian Beer Dinner 8/26

Wednesday, August 26th at 6:00 PM
“50 Mile” Vegetarian Beer Dinner hosted by Pretty Things Ale Project

***SOLD OUT!***

The month of August brings some of the most amazing vegetables from our local farms, the ripest fruits from our favorite orchards and of course great farmstead cheeses… so what better way to honor them then a Farm-to-Table VEGETARIAN Beer Dinner? All produce, dairy, cheese and beer will be supplied by local producers within 50 miles of the Armsby Abbey.

Join us here at the Armsby Abbey as we honor our favorite New England Farms and the items they produce. Look for special guests from the farms we will be spotlighting, Owner/Brewer Dan & Martha Paquette of Pretty Things Ale Project will be here to chat about each of their beers and Alec will be on hand to talk about each course.

The Armsby Abbey will be closed to the general public this evening from 6PM – 10PM so all our dinner guests can thoroughly enjoy a night of great food, beer and conversation! This dinner is $58/pp and is strictly limited to 65pp with Reservations in advance ONLY.

Please note, as this event is all about community, we will be implementing communal seating throughout the restaurant. If this is an issue for anyone, kindly let us know now so we can resell your seat(s). However, as you all know, we only have 9 tables in total and 18 bar seats at the Armsby Abbey; the majority of reservations thus far have been for parties of 2. To guarantee your own table, a party of 6pp is needed.

“50 Mile” Vegetarian Beer Dinner Menu
Hosted by Pretty Things Ale Project
August 26, 2009

Raw Bar
Patty Pan Squash from Morse Farm, Purple & Green Peppers from Woodstock Orchards, Cousa Squash, Summer Squash, Broccoli, Heirloom Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes all from Berberian Farm served with a Creamy Goat Cheese dip featuring Chevre from Crystal rook Farm, Roasted Heirloom Garlic & Basil

House Pickled Yellow Beans from Morse Farm, Cucumbers, Beets, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Anaheim Peppers and Green Beans all from Berberian Farm

House Baked Breads, our “50 Mile” Conserve and Housemade Butter
American Darling

1st Course
Arugula & Black Seeded Simpson from Berberian Farm and Fresh Nectarines just picked at Tougas Farm dressed in a Basil-Honey Vinaigrette made with Pretty Things American Darling and Wildflower Honey from Honey Etc. topped off with Westfield Farms Classic Blue Goat Cheese served with a Antul Aleworks Spent-Grain Crisp
American Darling

2nd Course
A Creamy Baked Corn & Chevre Pudding featuring Chevre from Crystal Brook Farm, Green Peppers from Morse Farm, Butter/Sugar Corn & Scallions from Berberian Farm topped with Cilantro
Confounded Mr. Sysiphus

3rd Course
Lightly seasoned roasted Corn Bisque featuring Sweet Butter/Sugar Corn and Leeks from Berberian Farm, Heirloom Breakfast Onions from Rachel’s Garden and an Assortment of Herb Roasted Potatoes from Morse Farm served with Squash Fritters made with a variety of locally grown Squash & Smiths Farm Extra Sharp Cheddar
Jack D’Or

4th Course
Homemade Whole Wheat Popover filled with locally foraged sautéed Black Trumpet & Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms, Housemade Butter, Baby Sweet Onions from Morse Farm, a Carrot-Parsnip-Mint Puree and St. Botolph’s Blanched Green Beans from Berberian Farm
St. Boltoph’s Town

5th Course
Housemade Ricotta sweetened with Wildflower Honey set in a crust of Spent Grain & Whole Wheat Flour, topped with Caramelized Peaches from Tougas Farm and a Glaze made with Baby Tree served with a Lavender infused Housemade Whipped Cream
Baby Tree

We at the Armsby Abbey would like to sincerely thank all the local Farmers, Artisans and Brewers who helped contribute to this unique 50 Mile Vegetarian Beer Dinner whom without this could never be possible!


Pretty Things Ale Project (Cambridge, MA)
All the Tasty Beer Consumed this Evening!

Gibson Dairy Farm (Worcester, MA)
Organic Local Eggs, Cream and Milk
(of which our Butter, Whipped Cream & Ricotta are made from)

Berberian Farm (Northboro, MA)
Cucumbers, Beets, Cousa Squash, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Broccoli, Arugula, Black Seeded Simpson, Scallions, Parsnips, Green Beans, Annaheim Peppers, Dill, Basil, Cilantro, Mint, Butter/Sugar Corn and Heirloom, Beefsteak & Cherry Tomatoes

Michael Porter’s Garden (South Grafton, MA)
Fresh Lavender

Tougas Farm (Northboro, MA)
Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Peaches, Nectarines

Westfield Farms (Hubbardston, MA)
Classic Blue Chevre

Morse Farm (Southbridge, MA)
Patty Pan Squash, Green Peppers, Baby Sweet Onions, Yellow Beans, Heirloom Garlic
Carola, Red Creamer, Yellow Finn and Yukon Creamers Potatoes

Woodstock Orchards (Woodstock, CT)
Purple and Green Peppers

Rachel’s Garden (Moosup, CT)
Heirloom Breakfast Onions

Duhamel’s Garden (Woodstock, CT)

Smiths Farm (Winchendon, MA)
Extra Sharp Cheddar

Crystal Brook Farm (Sterling, MA)

Honey Etc. (Princeton, MA)
Wildflower Honey

Antul Aleworks (Worcester, MA)
Spent Grain

Wayside Inn Gristmill (Sudbury, MA)
Whole Wheat Flour & Corn Meal

10 Responses to “Pretty Things Vegetarian Beer Dinner 8/26”

  1. Lee Anne says:

    Are people serioulsy being mean about this? I’m a vegetarian and my first thought wasn’t anything put pure excitement. I hope there are still spots!

  2. armsbyabbey says:

    Unfortunately Lee Anne, yes the response has been very black & white; utter excitement (like you) or downright rude. We are all very excited for this dinner as we felt with the last 3 beer dinners, we kind of left Veggies out in the cold. There is still space left and the menu should be drawn up the first week of August. With the Summer rains a lot of our farms have been a bit behind with their growing calender so we don’t want to commit to a menu unless we know we can do it. Mother Nature is finicky though, so things could change last minute regardless. Please give us a call if you would like to reserve a seat for you and your friends. Cheers!

  3. Dan says:

    I am sorry to hear that you are getting hurtful messages. I am a vegan, thus cannot participate in your event, but I really appreciate the attempt that Armsby Abbey is making to support my lifestyle choice, nevermind your contributions to local agriculture. Your restaurant is one of my favorite, not only because my wife loves it, but because your staff are always really nice and knowledgeable… even if there are not scores of items on the menu for me.

    Congrats again on hosting a veggie night… I hope it is a smashing success!!


  4. Lee Anne says:

    I will absolutely try to get in on this. I just need to see who is interested and around. Gardner Ale recently had a vegetarian beer dinner and it was a blast, and the entire time all I could think about was how cool it would be if the Abbey did one too. Ignore the negative nasty comments. Some people aren’t happy unless they are unhappy, and they like to inflict their whining on others.

    Side note: Stopped in Friday night for dinner. Stuffed squash blossoms=wow.

  5. Matt s says:

    I would love to go to this because I was hoping that you guys would do a vegetarian dinner, but times are tough and 130 bucks for my fiance and it would be stretching our budget. I hope it turns out great and maybe if you have another one in the future I will be able to go to that one.


  6. Meg says:

    What a fantastic idea! Tried Pretty Things at the Boston Beer Fest and had all great things to say! Plus being a vegetarian I feel like I never get go to beer dinners since they are usually meat-focused. Thanks Armsby and Pretty Things! By the way, how much are the tickets?

  7. kristy says:

    I called to make reservations for this dinner a couple weeks ago and was told over the phone that seafood would be served, making this not a vegetarian dinner. Seafood is no longer mentioned above; has it been eliminated? I think that would make real vegetarians quite happy.

  8. armsbyabbey says:

    Hi Kristy – No Seafood will be harmed or killed in the preparation of this event. Everything, including the beer, will be sourced from local producers/farms within 50 miles of the Armsby Abbey. The dinner is more than 50% sold out thus if you would like to reserve your seat(s) you will need to so in the near future. The website has been updated with the most current information this morning. Cheers!

  9. Brent says:

    Any chance the Duvel Green might be available before/after the dinner? How’s the menu coming? Looking forward to tomorrow night regardless!

  10. Tim says:

    I was really intrigued by this dinner but couldn’t attend. Can anyone fill me in on the food/beer pairings? I’m quite curious.

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