Prosciutto is one of those foods that immediately lends an air of artisanal gravitas to any plate. It's a rigorously traditional form of charcuterie that involves aging the rear thigh of a pig or wild boar at the perfect temperature, taking painstaking care to produce succulent results. The creation of prosciutto's most famous selections is actually protected under law by the EU. The Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma is in charge of one of these heirloom varietals, the nutty Parma Ham, and they've taken it upon themselves to share this Italian pedigree in a manner we Midwestern Americans will understand best: by pairing it with beer. The celebration is called Cured & Crafted, and it's set to take place on Thursday at Muse Event Center in Minneapolis's North Loop. Now here's the fun part: The evening is set up like a contest, with eight local chefs creating a unique dish to pair with a local craft brew. They'll be judged accordingly, with the winner being crowned King of Parma, which apparently nets you some street cred. Some exciting chefs have signed on to compete, including Sarah Master of Barbette, who'll be working with Dangerous Man brews; Beth Fischer of Wise Acre Eatery, who paired with Boom Island; and Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish will be in the ring as well. High-profile judges, like author and James Beard-winner Sue Zelickson, will preside. Jason DeRusha is emceeing, and DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission will be on the ones and twos. For tickets and info, visit eventbrite.com.
Thu., July 31, 6:30-9 p.m., 2014