Russian Beer Tasting & Five-Course Dinner at Kalina

Northeast Tucson’s Kalina Russian Cuisine recently debuted a to-die-for Vodka & Caviar Bar. Seriously, if you haven’t tried caviar paired with vodka, it’s a great way to experience it. Fortunately, vodka and caviar isn’t all the fine folks at Kalina offer. This month, Kalina Russian Cuisine is hosting Russian Beer Tastings on Thursday, November 13 and 20.

A five-course menu should soak up the assortment of Russian beers you’ll have the opportunity to taste with traditional Russian classics such as Mushroom Stroganoff and Cabbage Stuffed with Beef and Rice. And, don’t let the term ‘stroganoff’ scare you away if you tend to associate it with airplanes and TV dinners. This is the real deal stroganoff from old Russian family recipes.

Dinner is $40 per person with a pre-paid reservation and starts at 6:30 p.m.

Kalina Russian Beer Tasting Menu for Nov. 13 and 20

Appetizer

  • Mushroom Stroganoff – Sauce made with a rich beef broth and served with pita bread
  • Beer – Choice of Baltika #7 Dortmunder/Export Lager or Baltika #2 Green Bottle Euro Pale Lager

        or

  • Prioski Platter 
  • Beer – Choice of Baltika #7 Dortmunder/Export Lager or Baltika #2 Green Bottle Euro Pale Lager

Soup

  • Small cup of cold Borscht – With sour cream and fresh dill
  • Beer – Zhigulyevskoye, the only Soviet beer in America

Salad

  • Garden Salad – Feta, tomatoes, black olives and raisins on mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Beer – Baltika #8 Hefeweizen

        or

  • Eggplant salad – Roasted eggplant, red bell pepper, onion and feta cheese, served over mixed greens, with garlic-lemon vinaigrette
  • Beer – Baltika #5 Golden Lager

Entree

  • Pork Chop – Breaded and fried in olive oil, served with rice
  • Beer – Baltika #4 Euro Dark Lager

        or

  • Cabbage stuffed with seasoned beef and rice – Served in a mild tomato sour cream sauce
  • Beer – Guest’s choice of Erebuni or Ohota Krepotkoye

       or

  • Stuffed Bell Peppers
  • Beer – Guest’s choice of Erebuni or Ohota Krepotkoye

Dessert

  • Traditional Russian sour cream vanilla cake – Served with cranberry sour cream mousse

For reservations, please call 520-360-4040.

For more details, visit Kalina online at www.kalinarestaurant.com

Theresa is a copywriter, food explorer and pursuer of all things creative. Find her at theresadelaney.com.

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