by Diana Lu
We here at Prepare to Dine like food. We like it even more when there are intentional beverage accompaniments. We really really like it when we feel good eating the food because we are surrounded by beauty. Our dreams were answered with the most recent Birchtree Catering Supper Club at Yards Brewery.
What does that mean? Let’s break it down:
Birchtree Catering: a locally minded, seasonally inspired company that partners with food vendors in the area. They are no ordinary caterer and are located in no ordinary building. Birchtree is housed in Globe Dye Works, a fascinating testament to Philadelphia’s manufacturing heydays. Globe Dye has since been converted to a multi-tenant facility with a coffee roaster, soap company, ice cream company, and several non-profits.
Supper Club: an opportunity for people to taste Birchtree Catering’s ever changing menu as well as to get to know their partners. Pretty much a night of magic with food, drinks, music and well-designed ambience. The theme and venue change each time.
Yards Brewing Company: One of said partners, and one of the most well-known brewers in Philadelphia.
Great, now that we’ve gotten the basics down, I can talk about the meal.
The night started out with drinks, live music, and a tour of the brewery. After much revelry, guests settled down at a gorgeous table gorged with flowers and dainty little name tents.
We had a 5-course tasting menu, with more than a dozen beer accompaniments. While I’m quite fond of beers, I haven’t had the opportunity to match food with drink the same way that I have with wine. I learned a lot and came to appreciate minute flavors as the bite and sip accentuated each other. Each course (which consisted of several mini-courses, plus palette cleansers) had its own beer friend and everything had a glorious introduction from the chef and brewer. It’s ramps, fiddlehead and pea season (which only lasts a few weeks!!) and Birchtree celebrated all of those ingredients. You can see them pop out throughout the night.
In addition to good taste, I love that Birchtree worked so hard to source locally. I mean down to the photographer, florist and menu designer. Everything was memorable.
Cheers! Can’t wait to find out where the next Supper Club will be.
Community advocate, planner, lover of sustainable solid waste management and walkable cities. Diana enjoys short walks along urban waterfronts, eating food and dialogue.