The Block Island Times

A new pairing at the Atlantic Inn

By Lars Trodson | Jun 18, 2014
Photo by: Lars Trodson Atlantic Inn Chef Evan Wargo, at left, and owner Brad Marthens, sit in the newly renovated 1879 Restaurant at the inn. The Inn is debuting a new beer by Dogfish Brewery on June 26.

Brad Marthens, owner of the Atlantic Inn, settled into a chair in the newly removated 1879 Restaurant, named after the year the Inn was built, to talk about two things: his newly christened restaurant and a dinner he is co-sponsoring with Dogfish Brewery.

Marthens has paired up with Dogfish Brewery owner and founder Sam Calagione to debut a new Dogfish ale at the Inn and to raise funds for a local charity (which has yet to be chosen). Both will occur at a special dinner at the 1879 Restaurant at the Inn on Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m. (Tickets are still available.)

“The event came about because we went to a beer tasting event and Sam Calagione, the owner of Dogfish, said that he was going from Delaware to Maine in a Boston Whaler and that he wanted to make a stop on Block Island,” Marthens said. “We carry Dogfish here and they asked us to co-sponsor a dinner. We have a reputation of carrying craft beers.”

Chef Evan Wargo, who has been with the Atlantic Inn for a total of seven seasons (he’s also the executive chef at Eli’s), got together with the rest of the staff, including chef de cuisine Michael Grabe, and created meals that could be paired with various Dogfish ales. Dogfish ales were used in some of the recipes. The four-course dinner, with appetizers and dessert, as well, includes Dogfish Head Chowder, seared Georges Bank scallops with saffron risotto, toasted coconut and fennel, a “chicken fried” Cornish game hen with aged cheddar and thyme waffle, maple-braised greens with a spiced sausage gravy, and a grilled and coffee-smoked Berkshire pork chop, glazed baby carrots, chipotle and a sweet corn emulsion. (Tickets are $65 per person.)

Calagione said he was starting on his trip up the Atlantic Coast on Thursday, June 19, and he was stopping in Atlantic City and New York. On this trip he is raising funds and awareness for The Nature Conservancy.

“We share the same mission of celebrating nature,” Calagione said. Calagione also said his company has raised more than $250,000 over the years. He said the Boston Whaler he’s traveling on with his son, Sammy, is a 19-footer, which he said reminds him of his company. “We’re a very small brewery in an ocean of giants,” he said.

The beer that Dogfish is debuting on the island is called Pennsylvania Tuxedo; it’ll be served with the chowder. Calagione first came out to Block Island in 1995 with his wife and was struck by its beauty.

“It’s the quintessential New England place,” he said.

Contact The Atlantic Inn at 466-5883 for more information.


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