Cafe Ommegang

Chef Ric Orlando brings his “Hell Dinner” to Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang announces our third Great Beer Deserves Great Food beer dinner on Friday, April 13th.

Our guest chef is Ric Orlando, two time winner on the hit Food Network TV show, “Chopped.” Chef Ric will prepare a devilish, delectable “Hell Dinner,” in honor of Friday the 13th; each course becomes progressively spicier and takes your palate on a magically sinful and delicious journey.

The dinner begins with a cocktail hour where guests taste our Ommegang beers, followed by a seated six-course menu paired with Ommegang and Duvel beers. Chef Ric and our brewmaster Phil Leinhart will both speak about the pairings. Chef Ric is well known in the Albany area for his culinary genius as chef at New World Bistro Bar as well as in Saugerties for New World Home Cooking. Ric also competed at the “Mussel Tussle” at last years Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival.

The menu will surely provide a tantalizing experience of spicy food, paired with a refreshing bottle of your favorite, or perhaps soon-to-be favorite, bottle of Ommegang’s finest. The evening will begin with an Amuse Bouche of “Piri Piri:” Chicken Livers with Berkshire Bleu and celery salad paired with Ommegang BPA. Followed by an unbeatable appetizer of Pork Belly Jigae with chewy rice cakes and kim chee paired with Ommegang Hennepin.

Next, Chef Ric will prepare a salad unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, Tie Dye Pie-Pizzetta with “Purple Haze” habanero sauce and four cheeses paired with Rare Vos. Followed by a unique fish-dish of “Espresso-Habanero” Glazed Escargot, Tortelloni and Edamame, prepared to perfection paired with Ommegang Abbey. Following the fish, diners will indulge in Lamb Shank Tagine with Ghost Chile Harissa from Hell will be paired with Ommegang Art of Darkness.

Dessert will provide a dining experience you’ll celebrate with a Chocolate and Chile Taster: Mocha Chipotle Glazed Chocolate Cupcake, and White Chocolate Dipped Serrano Chile and Mole Truffle Pot du Chocolate paired with Ommegang Three Philosophers.

If your mouth is watering as much as ours is, be sure to call Brewery Ommegang at 607-286-4090 to reserve your seats now, before they’re all filled.

Brewery Ommegang
656 County Highway 33
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Great Beer Deserves Great Food Dinner Recap

It was cold and blowing snow on the evening of February 25, 2012. But inside the Café at Ommegang, Chef Teddy Folkman – assisted by Ommegang Chef Christina Carrasco and the Café staff – put on a warm and welcoming first-time ever beer dinner. All 60 seats were sold out well in advance. For $55 per person our guests had an introductory beer tasting, then six enthusiastically created courses, each paired with a unique beer.

Amuse Bouche: Pork belly over blue cheese, with Buffalo powder. Paired with Duvel Single Ale.

Appetizer: Tomato bisque with crab and black truffle. Paired with Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale.

The amuse bouche was a piece of lovely fried pork belly, resting on a bed of blue cheese, with a dusting of  Buffalo powder  (a hot and spicy take-off on Buffalo wings) made by Chef Teddy. It paired beautifully with Duvel Single Ale. The appetizer was tomato bisque with lump crab and truffles, paired with Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale. The salad was arugula with burratta, fried lemon, and Witte dressing , paired with Duvel Golden Ale.

Salad: Burrata cheese with arugula and fried lemon. Paired with Duvel Golden Ale.

Meat: Short ribs, ricotta polenta, mustard greens. Paired with Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale.

The short ribs with polenta and mustard greens were delectable and paired up with Three Philosophers.  Then the bouillabaisse with mussels, halibut and jumbo shrimp knocked everyone’s socks off and was paired with Ommegang Abbey Ale. The dinner then wrapped with a dessert of French toast with mixed berries and shaved chocolate, paired with Ommegang Seduction Chocolate-Cherry Porter.

Fish: Bouillabaisse with mussels, halibut and jumbo shrimp. Paired with Ommegang Abbey Ale.

Dessert: French toast with mixed berries and chocolate shavings. Paired with Seduction Stout.

The dinner started at 7:00 with a greeting from Ommegang brewmaster Phil Leinhart and Chef Teddy, and concluded at 10 pm. Each course was preceded by brief remarks on the beer, the food and the pairing inspiration.  Everyone went away happy, satiated with great food, enlivened by great beer, and left with a heightened sense of engagement with beer and food.

Join us on March 24 for our second Great Beer Deserves Great Food series dinner featuring Chef Ty-Lör Boring of Brooklyn, NY, who is currently competing for Top Chef of Texas.

Ty-Lör most recently worked Black Ops for locavore Almond Restaurants in New York.  Born in Kansas City and trained in classic French and Asian cuisine, his style as a chef centers around the fusion of ingredients from the far east with seasonal farm to table emphasis. Ty-Lör is a master at creating simple, stunning dishes with a raw and sensual edge. He has traveled the world over learning different types of cuisines and melding those tastes in his own way.

Chef Ty-Lör will prepare a multi-course menu paired with Ommegang and Duvel beers,  introducing each of the pairings and give us his insight into his pairings techniques.

Tickets go on sale March 1.

Call 607-286-4090 for more info and to purchase tickets.

Check back soon for a preview of the menu.

Great Beer Deserves Great Food dinner at Cafe Ommegang

Saturday, Feb 25th at 7:00pm
Cafe Ommegang
656 County Hwy 33,
Cooperstown, NY 13326 

Great Beer Deserves Great Food is Brewery Ommegang’s ongoing food and beer pairing initiative. Each year we do dozens of culinary events like this all around the US. This year we’re hosting a series in our own cafe with well-known chefs from around the country.


For the dinner, Chef Teddy Folkman will cook six delectable courses – each prepared and paired with fine Belgian ales.

Amuse Bouche
paired with Duvel Single Golden Ale.

Tomato Bisque with Crab and Black Truffle
paired with Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale

Burrata with Arugula and fried lemon
paired with Duvel Golden Ale

Short Ribs, Ricotta Polenta and Mustard Greens
paired with Three Philosophers Quadruple Ale.

Bouillabaisse with Mussles, Halibut, and Jumbo Shrimp
paired with Ommegang Abbey Ale

Mixed Berry “French Toast” with Shaved Chocolate
paired with Ommegang Seduction Ale.

Chef Teddy has spent the past decade pursuing his passion for the culinary arts in DC’s best restaurants, honing and expanding his craft.

In 2007, Teddy nailed his place in the DC restaurant scene as Executive Chef and owner of Granville Moore’s Gastropub on H Street, NE.

Granville Moore’s has since received top honors and accolades for its food, beer and ambiance. Teddy also won a Moules battle on the Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” and competed on “The Next Food Network Star.”

Craft beer is chef Teddy’s other food passion – as the National Culinary Ambassador for Brewery Ommegang, he travels the country hosting cooking competitions, beer dinners, and speaking about about food and beer.

Ticket are $55 with $5 being donated to Otsego 2000 and can be purchased at the Brewery Ommegang store (656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY) or by calling 607-286-4090.