Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Progressive Dinner with Negra Modelo #theperfectcomplement

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I want to thank Negra Modelo for a wonderfully delicious evening, and for sponsoring this 
post, it is #theperfectcomplement  Cheers!

Have y'all ever gone to a progressive dinner? You know, where you go from house to house for each different course?

I have always wanted to do it, but our friends all live so far apart.

So I was super excited to be invited, by Negra Modelo, to a progressive dinner through 3 different restaurants in Tacoma, WA! Each restaurant would be serving a drink, and a dish, that used Negra Modelo as an ingredient, as well as showcasing flavors that paired well with Negra Modelo.

Now, you know that I am a So Cal girl from waaaay back, and I spent a ton of time in Mexico, and eating Mexican food. Negra Modelo was one of my favorite beers to pair with it all. Fast forward to my move to Washington, and my food blogging career. I spend a ton of time trying to come up with recipes that will tickle your tastebuds. Many of those recipes use wine or beer. If the recipe calls for beer, I use Negra Modelo 99.9% of the time. 

Why? Well, because it really has a wonderful rich full flavor, but it is incredibly smooth. I know a lot of people think that it is a "dark" beer, which in turn would suggest that it is a heavier beer. But I am here to tell you that the answers are No, and No.

Negra Modelo gets its lovely color from slow roasted caramel malts, which give it a medium body, and some amazing aromas of caramel and malt. It is a Munich-Dunkel style lager brewed from a hard working Mexican brewing heritage since 1925

Whether I am sipping, pairing, or using it as an ingredient, Negra Modelo is my beer of choice!

But the dinner, OhhEmmGeee let's get down to the dinner shall we?

Hokkaido Scallop Crudo - A Progressive Dinner with Negra Modelo from
Hokkaido Scallop Crudo

We started of at a fun little pub style place. The chef had just returned to Tacoma after living in Southern California for a while. So for our appetizer he wanted to combine the ocean with the richness of Negra Modelo. The pure ocean flavor of the scallops was balanced beautifully with sweetness of apple, the bite of ginger, and the earthiness of the Negra Modelo reduction. I can tell you that it was an amazing start to the evening's offerings.

The bartender, not to be overshadowed by the food, created a drink for us that was probably one of the most inventive cocktails I have had in a long time! He called it Todo Todo Negro "All Black Everything". It contained cinnamon infused tequila, Cynar (artichoke liqueur), Mole cold brew, black garlic salt, and a syrup made from Negra Modelo. I know it might sound like a ton of ingredients but, if you have ever had a good mole you know that all of the ingredients come together to create a balance of flavors that literally feel like they dance across your tongue. 

Modelo-Rita - A Progressive Dinner with Negra Modelo from

Into the bus we went, and on to our next destination. We walked into a beautifully decorated room with a very warm and inviting atmosphere. The aromas that were wafting from the kitchen were so enticing that I sat down in the first chair available hoping the quicker I sat, the quicker I would be able to nosh on whatever was creating the heavenly smell.

We were greeted immediately with a nice cold Modelo-Rita. What a refreshing drink. The tequila, Triple sec, and lemon lime, was balanced to perfection with a touch of agave, and a float of Negra Modelo. I was in love! 

That is until the brought out our main course plate. Then I realized that I am a very fickle girl because, I was in love, all over again, and again, and again! 

Tres Caballeros - A Progressive Dinner with Negra Modelo from
Tres Caballeros

OK, let's just take a moment to take in the beauty of that plate. When it was set down in front of me I had zero idea where to start. It all looked and smelled sooooooo damn good. I finally decided to go from fish, to chicken, to steak, so I began with my Negra Modelo beer battered Mahi Mahi, that was served on top of a brussel sprout slaw. I was taken back to the fish tacos that I used to have in San Diego. 

Then I moved on to the chicken thigh. It was seasoned beautifully with a simple rub of cumin, garlic, and chiles, and sitting atop the most amazing pinto beans I have ever tasted! They were "drunken beans" that had been cooked down with the Negra Modelo, then topped off with a bit of crunch from a cucumber and radish salsa. Holy foodgasm Batman! This chicken and beans has GOT to happen at my house ASAP!! I don't care how long it takes me to get it perfect, it will be happening!

Once I had devoured the chicken and beans, I moved on to the final offering of ribeye steak marinated with Negra Modelo, and served on a Roja Negra Modelo sauce. Think enchilada sauce with a rich caramelly flavor peeking through....or just say YUM! 

The beef was of course Kevin's pick of the meal. Shocker right?

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Now on to dessert my friends. 

First off, we were ushered to the upper deck of a funky little place that was full of old movie posters. From the decor, to the waiters decked out in tuxes, it really did conjure up vibes of old Hollywood, and a good old fashioned performance was what we got.

We were first greeted with, what many of the diners at my end of the table agreed was, the best cup of coffee ever! Coffee + whipped cream + a Negra Modelo reduction = caffeinated beverage heaven! If I wasn't worried about not sleeping for the next few days, I would have had several of these.

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Then came the show, a very charming, and entertaining waiter called us down to the end of the table to watch the magic happen. Bananas Foster made even more special with the addition of Negra Modelo to the mix.

I have to admit, I had never seen a big ol' production like this and I ate it up like a little kid with a bag of Halloween candy. 


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And oohhhh soooooo gooooood! Sweet, but not too sweet, creamy, the word that comes to mind is luxurious. My mouth was ever so happy with me for taking that first bite, then another, and another. I finished very quickly and started eyeballing Kevin's. The look that was returned told me that I had better not even try!


Bananas Foster - A Progressive Dinner with Negra Modelo from

I do have to say that it was the perfect end to an enormously entertaining and enjoyable evening. 

I would love to hear your ideas for recipes or pairing that include Negra Modelo. I am going to be working hard on that chicken and drunken beans for y'all!!

Until then, give this Tex-Mex Gut Buster Chili, or Mexican Style Slow Cooker Beer Chicken a try and let me know what you think. 

Bananas Foster - A Progressive Dinner with Negra Modelo from

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  1. Wow Bobbi! That sounds like my kind of fun and delicious food/drinks to boot. Glad you got to be a part of it. Looking forward to your creations. :-D

    1. It was a blast Christine! You know me and Mexican food LOL

  2. How fun! I had never heard of a progressive dinner but now I really want to try one out! I need my friends to live closer.

    1. Oh yes Heather, it is sooo much fun! I wish I could figure out how to get one together here, but our friends are so far apart too :/

  3. Progressive dinners are so much fun. Looks like you had a great time and great food and drink!

    1. Yes! I have got to figure out how we can organize one here locally!!

  4. Wow what a great meal and the show - spectacular! Sounds like a great night out!

  5. Looks like a fun meal. It's refreshing to read about a beer pairing dinner. The dishes sound really good.

    1. Yes I agree! Negra Modelo is one of my favorite beers, and it was nice to try the different dishes and drinks that used, or paired, with it perfectly :)

  6. Your dinner looks amazing! What a great evening and a fun way to try out the different pairings.

  7. Chicken and beans are just my favorite. I spend a lot of time trying to replicate some one my favorite restaurants but I also love the original and visit often. This sounds like a wonderful place. If I'm in the area, I'll have to check it out!

    1. Oh yes, Tacoma's downtown and waterfront, have some wonderful offerings!