Fall is in the air, and pumpkin spice is on menus everywhere.
The latest additions are the Habanero Pumpkin Spice Wings on the very first Plates and Pints seasonal menu – complete with beer pairings – from World of Beer. The national chain, with a Columbia location at 902 Gervais St., had executive chef Mark Adair concoct a special five-item menu featuring the “rich, comforting flavors of fall.”
The wings are described as a collaboration with Oskar Blues chef Jason Rogers, “tossed in a sweet and spicy glaze made with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and Jamaican allspice, kicked up with habanero chilies and rounded out with a nutty brown ale reduction.” Brown ale is the recommended beverage to pair with the wings.
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Other items on the menu include:
Dogfish Head meatloaf sliders: Mini pork-and-beef meatloaf sandwiches topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms, smothered in a gravy made with Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale.
Southwest skillet cornbread: Cooked-to-order sweet corn- and roasted pepper-infused-cornbread in a skillet topped with arugula, roasted corn, peppers and queso fresco. Served with chilled chili-lime butter.
Colorado chili: Steak, chorizo and red bean chili with roasted red chilies. Served with sour cream, onions and cilantro on the side.
Pimento cheese board: House-made pimento cheese spread topped with sweet and savory bacon jam and served with celery and garlic toast.
And, World of Beer serves up more than just beer. Try one of these specialty cocktails for a change:
Irish Apple Pie Cocktail: Fresh-pressed apple juice, Jameson Irish Whiskey, orange juice, peach lambic syrup and bitters, topped with ginger beer and cinnamon orange garnish.
Spiced Red Sangria: Red wine, Fireball cinnamon whiskey, framboise syrup and orange juice, topped with club soda and an orange slice garnish.
Other food-related events this week:
Oktoberfest at St. Alban’s: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Enjoy brats, kraut, potato salad and more. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $10 in advance, $11 at door, available at church office, 403 Park Road, Lexington, (803) 359-2444. Proceeds benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services and missions in Ecuador.
Lexington County Chili Cook-off, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. Local chili cooks show off their best, and you get to help choose the winner. Tickets for all-you-can-eat samples – $10, adults; $5, ages 12 and younger; free, younger than 4 – available at www.goblowfishbaseball.com. Proceeds benefit SisterCare, Lexington Interfaith Community Services and the Blowfish Baseball Reading Program. Stadium is at 474 Ball Park Road, (803) 254-FISH.
Hats Off: A Night of Caps & Nightcaps at Tombo Grille to benefit S.C. Oncology Cares, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Enjoy delicious food from Tombo Grille, Village Idiot and Pita, drinks, wine tasting, music by DJ Kevin Snow and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 per person, available at the door, 4715 Forest Drive, Forest Village Shopping Center.