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Salt of the Earth’s 2012 Michigan Beer & Wine Dinner Series Continues Wednesday, May 16 with Founders “Pork Barrel Project” Dinner
Posted: May 2, 2012

(FENNVILLE, Mich) – Join us for an evening of all things pork…and beer…as Salt of the Earth and Founders Brewing Company present the “Pork Barrel Project” Dinner on Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm.

SotE’s Executive Chef Matthew Pietsch and Guest Chef Norman Valenti of Plum Market, Bloomfield along with Founders’ co-owner, Dave Engbers, merge their creative forces for an incredible five course dining experience.

The cost is $50 per person, plus tax/gratuity. Reservations are required; call 269-561-SALT (7258). 

The Menu:

Welcome- SotE snacks

All Day IPA

Course 1: House-made hand crafted Hams

American Maple Glazed - Salted Air Dried - Country Molasses - Tasso

Dirty Bastard

Course 2: Goin’ South

fried green tomatoes – pork belly – garlic mustard green – salsa verde – fried egg

Centennial IPA

Course 3: Tasting of BBQ

dry rub ribs – pork shoulder - fixins

Double Trouble

Course 4: Slow Cookin’

white oak bourbon smoked suckling pig– quick pickled cabbage – crackling – burnt onion


Course 5: Secret Ingredient

sweet cherries – warm butter cake- ???

Curmudgeon Old Ale


Founders Brewing opened their doors in 1997 with the vision of creating some of the most unique craft beer in the world. Today, Founders has a loyal following with several beers lauded nationally and internationally as award winners in their respective categories. In 2009, they were ranked the second fastest growing brewery in the United States, and they are currently rated the second highest brewery in the world by

Salt of the Earth is a rustic American eatery and bakery, tucked away in a historic building in quaint downtown Fennville – in the heart of the Southwest Michigan’s thriving agricultural region. Under the direction of Chef Matthew Pietsch (protégé of ‘Iron Chef’ Michael Symon), this full service restaurant offers a seasonal menu of made-from-scratch entrees, shared plates, wood-fired oven pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and creative desserts – using fresh ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible.  You’ll also find a bar stocked with an impressive selection of Michigan wines, craft beers, and spirit, alongside other domestic and international selections. Artisan bread is baked in house and served with dinner, and is available for purchase at the restaurant and several local retail outlets. Salt of the Earth is also a popular venue for local and regional musical artists, with live house concerts held weekly. Winter Hours: open for dinner Wednesday- Sunday at 5PM, opening seven days a week beginning Memorial Day.

What others are saying:

“ Salt of the Earth has done so much with their Michigan wine dinner series, to raise awareness of the quality revolution taking place in Michigan's wine industry, that they deserve an award – if one existed,” says Jim Lester, owner of Wyncroft Winery and a three-time series participant.

“We have always enjoyed the food at Salt of the Earth, but, the wine and beer dinners really elevate their take on local cuisine to new heights,” says Brian Cain – Grand Rapids Magazine wine columnist. “The braised brisket served at the Short’s beer dinner is the best I have ever eaten!”

“My wife and I have attended three of the dinners…great food, great wines, lots of friendly folks to meet,” says Bill Koski, manger at Rose’s on Reeds Lake and coordinator of the “Wine School” at the Gilmore Collection in Grand Rapids.

2012 SotE Michigan Wine & Beer Series Schedule

Wednesday June 20

“Wyncroft Summer Wine Dinner” 

Salt of the Earth  114 East Main Street – Fennville MI 49408  269.561.SALT (7258)


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