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Scott’s Seafood Presents Thanksgiving Cocktail Pairing Dinner

Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose – located on the sixth floor of the City View Plaza, 185 Park Ave. – presents their next special dinner pairing menu, taking place over two evenings at 6pm on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The dinner pairing – designed by Food and Beverage Director Sammy Reyes – features a three-course, pre-fixed menu with a cocktail pairing for each course.

Appetizer Course

Choice of 1:

  • Butternut Squash Soup (Drizzled with Sage Brown Butter and Pepita seeds)
  • Lobster Bisque Soup (Topped Lobster Meat)
  • Classic Caesar Salad (Croutons and Parmesan Cheese)
  • Butter Lettuce Salad (Maytag Blue Cheese, Cranberries, Asian Pears, Raspberry Vinaigrette)
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (Remoulade Sauce)
  • Oysters on the Half Shell (with Champagne Mignonette Sauce)

Cocktail Pairing: Spiced Red Sangria

Entree Course

Choice of 1:

  • Wild King Salmon A la Oscar (Dungeness Crab Meat, Asparagus, Béarnaise Sauce, Spinach Mashed Potatoes)
  • Grilled Chilean Sea Bass (Mizo Glaze, Sautee Spinach, Sushi Rice)
  • Roast Turkey Breast (Cornbread Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole with Applewood bacon, Gravy)
  • Smoked Maple Ham (Maitake Mushrooms Sacatoush, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Apricot Jam)
  • Prime Rib (Potatoes Au Gratin, Broccolini, Au Jus, Horseradish Sour Cream)

Cocktail Pairing: Ginger Pear Martini

Dessert Course

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake (Whipped Cream and Candied Pecans)(Ala Mode)

Cocktail Pairing: Warm Nog Rumchata

Tickets

The dinner is $55 dollars per person and will be held on the beautiful rooftop patio, weather permitting.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the dinner’s Eventbrite page.

Scott’s Seafood Presents ‘Best of Summer’ Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Photo from last fall's beer dinner at Scott's Seafood
Photo from last fall’s beer dinner at Scott’s Seafood

The special beer dinners at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) have proven time after time to be can’t-miss events. We’re talking consistently excellent food-and-beer pairings, stellar service , warm vibes and the gorgeous outdoor rooftop venue.

Following up their previous beer dinner last fall, Scott’s Seafood recently announced their next one – set for Monday, July 24 from 6pm-9pm – featuring San Jose’s own Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

The upcoming “Best of Summer” beer dinner will be a truly local, San Jose affair; Santa Clara Valley Brewing is located less than two miles south of the restaurant.

And a quick peek at the weather forecast portends a lovely summer evening.

The Five-Course Menu

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes and the culinary team have created the following five-course dinner menu:

1st course/opening reception:

  • Charcuterie and Cheese Platter
  • Beer Pairing: Dry Creek Blonde

2nd Course:

  • Scallop Crudo: Thinly sliced raw Sea Scallop served with citrus wasabi soy sauce
  • Beer Pairing: Alviso Hefeweizen

3rd Course:

  • Steak Tartare served with arugula and crispy shallots in a citrus dressing
  • Beer Pairing: Electric Tower IPA

4th Course:

  • Halibut served with a saffron risotto and a mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.
  • Beer Pairing: New Almaden Red

5th Course:

  • Chefs sweet surprise
  • Paired with: Loma Prieta Rye Stout

Dinner Tickets

Tickets for the beer dinner are $60 dollars per person and available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbright page.

Consider getting tickets sooner than later as previous beer dinners have sold out.

As is the case with any good beer dinner, brewery representatives will be on hand to introduce the beer pairings and to answer any questions about Santa Clara Valley Brewing and their offerings.

 

About Scott’s Seafood

Scott’s Seafood San Jose is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of Downtown San Jose since 1986, offering a diverse dining destination in both cuisine and setting. Experience a friendly and relaxed environment to enjoy an intimate meal or a group gathering. With their modern lounge, stunning patio views, unique menu, and true hospitality, their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood, pasta, chicken dishes, and USDA prime, aged steaks. Scott’s Seafood offers parking validation for its guests.



Scott’s Seafood San Jose Wine Pairing Dinner Featuring Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Scotts Seafood Spring Wine Dinner

Passing along the details of the upcoming five-course Spring Wine Dinner at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) featuring Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

It’s set for Monday, March 27 from 6pm-9pm on Scott’s picturesque sixth floor rooftop patio of the City View Plaza.

We’ve been big fans of Scott’s Seafood San Jose and have especially enjoyed their epic beer dinners. Enjoying good beer will always remain a passion, but we certainly enjoy good wine. And I know we’re not alone in our enjoyment and appreciation of both.

Dinner and Wine Pairing Menu

The special wine pairing menu crafted by Food and Beverage Director Sammy Reyes:

  • Opening Reception: “The Cantankerous Ceviche” Tropical Halibut Ceviche
  • Wine Pairing: Sofia Blanc De Blancs Cocktail
  • Course One: “The Crabby Deviled Egg” Curry spiced deviled eggs topped with crab meat
  • Wine Pairing: Sofia Blanc De Blancs
  • Course Two: “The Solo Crab Cake” Crab Cake with an Asian Persimmon Coleslaw
  • Wine Pairing: The White Doe (A Virginia Dare wine)
  • Course Three: “The Earth and Sea” Lamb Chops topped with chimmichurri sauce and scallops surrounded in an English sweet pea puree.
  • Wine Pairing: Directors Pinot Noir
  • Course Four: “The Picante Soufflé” Spicy Chocolate Soufflé with Pistachio Ice Cream.
  • Wine Pairing: Coppola Diamond Claret

Tickets are $75 and available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbrite page.

Guests will learn more about the winemaking history of Francis Ford Coppola Winery and will enjoy an offering from their sister winery Virginia Dare.

As for the next beer pairing dinner at Scott’s Seafood? They’re eyeing the end of July during Silicon Valley Beer Week as a possibility.



Scenes from Scott’s Seafood Fall Beer Dinner Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose held another successful beer dinner last week. It was their best one yet in my opinion, a sentiment shared by several others who had also attended previous beer dinners there.

Many aspects were stellar – the organization and service, the outdoor space, the views from the sixth floor, the company, the weather, the informative previews of each course by the restaurant and brewery reps and the food-and-beer pairings themselves.

The sold-out dinner – 55 attendees – showcased a seafood-centric menu and a variety of beer styles courtesy of the featured brewery Hermitage Brewing Company. The beer styles included IPA, Scotch Ale, Sour, Session IPA and Saison.

Below are some pictures and notes from the memorable evening.

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Hermitage Brewing Company Citra Single Hop IPA.

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Hermitage Brewing Company brand manager Nicole Marquez, Scott’s Seafood marketing director Joann Vaega, Hermitage Brewing Company head brewer and cellarmaster Greg Filippi.

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Some of the sold-out crowd, including friends Mike and Lisa Pitsker (front and center).

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Welcome and introductions from Nicole, Joann and Scott’s Seafood Food and Beverage Director Sammy Reyes.

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Opening Reception: Oysters on the half shell with blood orange champagne foam, paired with Hermitage Brewing Citra Single Hop IPA.

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The citrus notes – plus hints of caramel – from the beer nicely complemented the foam while the hoppiness cut through the fresh, buttery oysters.

Scott’s Seafood managing partner Dave Buhagiar topping off glasses with more Citra IPA.

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Greg and Victoria Hatch enjoying the dinner.

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Scott’s Seafood public relations manager Trinidad Pena and Joann.

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Greg and Victoria.

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Course One: Classic Greek salad tossed in a lemon vinaigrette dressing, paired with Hermitage Brewing Maltopia Scotch Ale.

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The malty notes of toasted grain and caramel coming from Maltopia complemented the fresh salad and dressing.

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Next up: Hermitage Brewing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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Course Two: Blackened Red Snapper Tacos with strawberry slaw and housemade potato chips, paired with Hermitage Brewing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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The tart and sour notes – along with hints of of strawberry and wood from the barrel aging – from Strawberry Rhubarb Sour provided varying contrasts to the spicy red snapper, strawberry and cantaloupe slaw and the chips.

Greg sharing a bit of his vast knowledge of sour beers and their production while introducing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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Hermitage Brewing 408 Session IPA from the tap.

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Course Three: Mahi Mahi with a tropical relish, new potatoes, spinach and champagne sauce, paired with Hermitage Brewing 408 Session IPA.

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The hoppy, tropical fruit notes – guava, in particular – of 408 Session IPA matched the mango and kiwi relish, while the flavors plus the body of the beer held up well to the meaty Mahi Mahi.

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Friends Noreen and Jim Helvie.

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Course Four: Poached “Myles Perry” Pear with French Vanilla ice cream, paired with Hermitage Brewing Myles Perry Saison.

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There was only a mild sweetness from the Saison, enabling the beer to stand up well to the dessert course.

Newfound friends – siblings Z and Susan were awesome tablemates.

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The last pic of the night: Wifey Andrea, Victoria, Greg, Nicole and Jim.

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Scott’s Seafood San Jose Presents Fall Beer Dinner Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Previous beer dinners at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) have been successful endeavors filled with excellent food, beer and service, all the more elevated <ahem> by the picturesque backdrop provided by the spacious, outdoor rooftop patio located on the sixth floor of the City View Plaza.

I’ve been eagerly waiting for any news about their next beer dinner. Thanks to a recent announcement, the wait is over.

Scott’s Seafood presents their fall beer dinner Monday, Nov. 7 starting at 6pm, featuring offerings from nearby Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 S. 7th St.).

The dinner will be a truly local, San Jose affair. The featured beers from Hermitage Brewing will have been crafted at the brewery just 2 1/2 miles south of Scott’s Seafood.

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes and the culinary team have created a special, five-course dinner menu – including oysters on the half shell, grilled blackened red snapper tacos and Mahi Mahi – to complement the variety of Hermitage Brewing’s offerings, including IPA, Scotch Ale, Sour and Pear Saison.

The Menu

  • Opening Reception: Oysters on the half shell, served with blood orange champagne foam.
    • Beer Pairing: Citra Single Hop IPA
  • First Course: Classic Greek Salad, Cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onions, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette dressing.
    • Beer Pairing: Maltopia Scotch Ale
  • Second Course: Grilled Blackened Red Snapper tacos with Strawberry Slaw and Housemade potato chips
    • Beer Pairing: Strawberry Rhubarb Sour
  • Third Course: Mahi Mahi with a tropical relish with new potatoes, warm spinach salad, and a champagne sauce.
    • Beer Pairing: 408 Session IPA
  • Dessert: Poached “Myles Perry” Pear, Served with French Vanilla ice cream and blackberries.
    • Beer Pairing: Myles Perry Saison

Dinner Tickets

Tickets for the dinner are $45 dollars per person and available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbright page. Consider getting tickets sooner than later as previous beer dinners have sold out.

As is the case with any good beer dinner, brewery representatives – including head brewer and cellarmaster Greg Filippi and territory manager Nicole Marquez – will be on hand to answer any questions about Hermitage Brewing and their beers.

About Scott’s Seafood

Scott’s Seafood San Jose is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of Downtown San Jose since 1986, offering a diverse dining destination in both cuisine and setting. Experience a friendly and relaxed environment to enjoy an intimate meal or a group gathering. With their modern lounge, stunning patio views, unique menu, and true hospitality, their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood, pasta, chicken dishes, and USDA prime, aged steaks. Scott’s Seafood offers parking validation for its guests.