Last week Brown Bear was lucky enough to be included in the second anniversary party of Smartfish Studio and Sustainable Design. Smartfish is located in historic Over The Rhine and constructs footwear using sustainable and local materials. The event was held at their shop on Main Street during it’s monthly Final Friday affair. The street was bustling and everyone was having a blast! As the shop filled with patrons, I was happy to great them with a smile and some delicious treats.
For the event, I made three desserts for everyone to enjoy. First on the menu was a play on a s’more that consisted of a graham cracker crust, 60% dark chocolate filling with rum and almond, and topped off with a homemade marshmallow “fluff”. The chocolate lovers amongst the crowd were delighted and felt that the updated s’more was perfect as we merge into the fall. I met one little girl that said she would gladly eat this pie over any campfire dessert ☺
Next up one the menu was an updated classic, Banana Cream Pie. As a child, my grandmother would make this, just for me, because it was my absolute favorite. She used vanilla wafers, jello pudding from a boxed mix, and cool whip to top it. To put a gourmet twist on this timeless treat, I used vanilla bean pastry cream, 72% dark chocolate, caramelized bananas, unsweetened heavy cream, and a pie crumb. I plated the dish in a glass where I put each component separately and then instructed the guests to swirl it all together and enjoy!
The final item on the menu was the favorite amongst eaters that night… the Chai Tea Macaron. A toasted almond shell spiced with Essencha Tea House loose chai was filled with a creamy vanilla chai buttercream. The feedback on these was tremendous and I was floored when a woman who frequents Paris informed me that it was one of the best macarons she’d had in the states! I was so happy to hear that people loved them because I have been working on my macaron recipe for three years. How cool to see everyone enjoying something that you have worked so very hard to perfect!
Enough about Brown Bear…. the event also featured beers made by a dear friend, Dave Schuster. Dave has been home brewing for years and at this event he debuted his brands identity, Looking Glass Brewery, along with five of his outstanding beers. The beers ranged from hoppy to spiced and everywhere in between and were all bursting with flavor that was damn near perfect. He prepared twelve kegs for the event and the crowd fell in love so quickly, that within three hours he was pouring the last drops. Keep your eyes open for Looking Glass… awesome things to come!
The event was a tremendous success and I was so fortunate to have been a part of it. To find out more about Smartfish Studio and Sustainable Design, check out their website at http://smarterthanagoldfish.com/