When our friends from Fire & Spice food truck invited us to their first ever beer dinner in collaboration with Salty Nut Brewery, we knew we were in store for some seriously amazing food. We are big fans of their delicious Tex-Mex menu and were excited they would have a platform to serve up a special menu for this event. Looking over the four course menu, it was good to see them taking advantage of this creative freedom and offering a meal unlike anything else that could be found in Huntsville when going out for dinner Friday night.
The starter consisted of roasted chipotle bone marrow with onion marmalade served with jalapeno cheddar sourdough bread and paired with Salty Nut’s Hawt Blonde. We weren’t kidding when we said this was a unique menu for true foodies who appreciate the attention to detail that was apparent from the first taste of this dish.
Up next was the seafood course that brought together lime, tequila, tomato, onion, and jalapeno marinated shrimp and Mahi-Mahi ceviche with plantain chips. Served with a HopNaughty IPA, this was a crisp and refreshing combination. I have craved more of the delicious ceviche since this dinner!
Much like sampling from light to dark with a beer flight, the meal progressed in a similar fashion arriving at the third course, which delivered savory brisket paired with a White Stout. The tender smoked Texas-style brisket was served with Shiner beans and peppered BBQ sauce on a tostada.
One way to end a beer dinner in spectacular fashion is to combine a barrel aged stout, coffee extract, and vanilla bean ice cream for a beer float. The balance of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla flavors ended the meal on a perfect note!
This was an event catering to a very specific type of food enthusiast, and to say we love the concept would be an understatement. We love to see Fire & Spice doing something different and letting people with similar passions take notice of what they’re adding to the food scene in Huntsville. There was a distinctly local experience created as this food truck and brewery worked together on the dinner. As food bloggers, it doesn’t get better than sharing fantastic food with others who are in the business because they truly enjoy it. The passion in their work is evident, and it will be exciting to see more events like this! We look forward to seeing Fire & Spice and other food trucks downtown in the coming months. Supporting local businesses is something we feel strongly about, and there is certainly room in Huntsville for food trucks to help fill a void that exists in restaurant options in the downtown area.