Last week I had the pleasure of attending a special Vodka Seminar & Dinner, sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. The dinner was held at Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant in South Boston, which I had heard a lot of great things about and had wanted to check out for a while.
The interior was absolutely gorgeous with high ceilings, exposed brick and soft lighting from the holiday decorations. We had dinner in a private area in the back, separated from the dining room by a big curtain. The room had a bar and stage, and the overall rustic feel really lent itself to the comfortable and intimate atmosphere of the event.
After some mingling and a introductory cocktail, we sat down and learned the history of Tito’s vodka, followed by a taste test and an explanation of the different distillation processes used to make vodka. Dinner followed, which was a delicious 3 course presentation, paired with specially crafted cocktails to complement each dish. I wish I had taken a picture or copy of the menu, but I’ll list out what I can remember:
Grilled Bread (naan or pita, I can’t remember exactly)
Paired with: savory martini with celery garnish
I had tried beef tare-tar once before and was not a fan of it. As you guys know, I try to stay away from meat but this was seriously delicious. I finished everything on my plate and would have eaten more if it was in front of me.
Bits of fried pork belly
Cilantro & assorted greens
Paired with grapefruit /sour cocktail
I have never been a fan of seafood. I’ve wished at times that I could be because it’s a healthy alternative when eating meat but it never tasted good to me. However, I gave this a try because it would have been incredibly rude to not eat and I wanted to experience what the chefs and bartenders worked hard to put together. I was pleasantly surprised! I have never had fish that I enjoyed but this filet was juicy, flavorful, and void of that ocean-y taste that seafood so often carries. I ate nearly half of the dish and have so much more appreciation for seafood having had that.
Peppermint chocolate mousse with cookie crumble garnish
Paired with White Russian
Dessert was delicious. The mousse had a rich, dark chocolate flavor and the White Russian completely satiated my appetite for a creamy texture. I finished dinner not feeling uncomfortably full, but totally satisfied.
The seminar was really an eye-opening experience in learning about vodka and I will be back to Lincoln for sure, to check out their regular menu.
Thank you Tito’s & Lincoln Tavern for an awesome evening!