Thursday, July 28, 2011

VeggieDag Thursday: Vegetarian dinner at Mad Fox, with beer

VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag is an occasional Thursday post on an animal-free diet and its issues.

In 2008, I co-hosted the greater Washington, D.C. area's first-ever vegetarian beer dinner, at Great Sage, in Clarksville, Maryland. Great Sage has gone on to host others. In fact, every night there is a vegetarian beer dinner: Great Sage is serves no meat dishes and offers an excellent beer selection.

Mad Fox Brewing is a normally omnivore-catering (and often pig-happy) brewpub in Falls Church, Virginia. Thus, it's fun to see the restaurant posting a menu for a vegetarian beer dinner. Beer, grain-based, is vegetarian (except for some instances of cask ale). It's the dinner menu, served with the beers, that will be animal-less.

Vegetarian Beer Dinner

August 24, 2011 - Five Courses

1st Course
Trio of Cold Soups
Yellow Tomato Gaspacho / Honeydew Yogurt / Papaya Ginger

2nd Course
Heirloom Tomato and Grilled Hears of Palm
Micro Greens / Pumpkin Seed Oil / Orange Whip Vinaigrette
English Summer Ale

3rd Course
Quinoa and Black Bean Cakes
Curry Yogurt / Tempura Vegetables / Green Onion Sauce
Orange Whip IPA

4th Course
Wild Mushroom Wellington
Puff Pastry Filled with Vegetables and Mushroom Ragout
Apple-Carrot Puree / Fried Spinach / Local Asparagus
Big Chimneys Porter

5th Course
Chocolate Raspberry Creme Brulee
Wee Heavy

Chef Russel Cunningham

Mad Fox's Executive Chef Russel Cunningham has created the menu; he'll offer vegan substitutions upon request. Brewmaster/owner Bill Madden will host. The dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, 24 August 2011, at 7pm. The cost is $50; taxes and gratuity are additional. The brewpub accepts reservations with a credit card at 703-942-6840. The website is:

I won't be a host, but I will be a customer!

  • UPDATE: Photos from the Mad Fox Dinner: here. Review: here.
  • Bread and Brew in Washington, D.C., announced a Vegan Beer Dinner for Saturday, August 20th, as part of DC Beer Week. The restaurant stated that the event would be a "five course vegan dinner paired with five vegan craft beers."

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