Get Real Presents: Beers 'N Balls - April 7
They're a favorite comfort food for many of us in the United States, and in New York in particular it's pretty difficult to walk a two-block radius without finding a restaurant that has them on the menu. Although many people automatically associate meatballs with checkered table cloths, a bottle of red wine, and a big dish of spaghetti, the history of this beloved food is as long and as varied as any other part of culinary history.
No one can say with 100% certainty where the initial meatball recipe came from. Countries all over the world can lay claim to their own traditions, ingredients and monikers. Whether it's called the "kofta," the "k"ttbulle," the "polpette," or simply the "meatball," the varieties and possibilities of what one can do with this collective staple food are endless. In fact, as Americans we have our own claim to fame in this department because the whole concept of "spaghetti and meatballs" isn't an Italian tradition at all, but an American one. These two dishes were served separately until American diners started frequenting Italian restaurants and wanted meat with their pasta. But they're not just served with pasta- they can be fried and include onion and mint leaves like in Greece, could be made with anchovies or salted herring like in Germany or served with pickled cucumbers and lingonberry sauce like in Sweden-the possibilities are truly endless. And with all the creativity and flavors you can deliver with meatballs, we at Get Real are reminded of what else…beer!
So with that in mind, we'll be pairing 10 of New York City's best meatball chefs with some of the best craft beers on the planet. Come explore how different spices can be highlighted by the perfect brew or how a refreshingly carbonated beer can cut through a hearty spicy dish like nothing you've had before. What could be more comforting than the combination of meatballs and beer? If you think of something let us know, otherwise we'll see you April 7th at Beer Balls.
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