We're not blowing smoke at you: the Story Inn now boasts the "Mother of all Smokers", a converted 250 gallon propane tank designed by Kevin Allen and welded by Brad Cox (the same artist who made our bar stools out of old tractor seats). It is an achievement in culinary technology that looks to be a joint venture between Jules Verne and Jed Clampett.
We have nicknamed the smoker "Big Doc" in honor of Doctor George Story, who founded the town of Story in 1851, as well as the legendary Indiana University swimming coach James "Doc" Counsilman. The latter Doc is the reason the Story Inn's owner moved from Pittsburgh almost four decades ago, enabling him to buy the former Doc's town.
Last Thursday, we send "Big Doc" on his maiden voyage, smoking eight pork shoulders with locally-cut cherry wood. Complete success.
Join us on Friday, May 18, for a wine dinner that will feature multiple courses of food prepared in "Big Doc", each expertly paired with wines selected by The Nuncio upon authority of a Pontifical "Bull" issued by Dr. Allen Dale ("Ole") Olson a/k/a the "Pontiff of Palate". We are calling this Wine Dinner "From Appalachia, with Appellations", in recognition of its appropriate rurality. Here is the menu:
Cold-smoked cheeses with homemade poppy seed crackers, fruit puree.
Paired with: Brandbourg Pinot Gris, 2009 (Umpqua Valley, Oregon)
Cold-smoked trout on a bed of Story-grown mixed greens, with homemade honey lemon pepper vinaigrette dressing.
Paired with: Los Haroldos Chardonnay, 2010 (Mendoza, Argentina)
Smoked vegetable kabob, with lemon-herbed couscous, with smoked goat cheese and pine nuts.
Paired with: MacRostie Pinot Noir, 2007 (Carneros, California)
Smoked bacon-wrapped meatloaf on a bed of fresh spinach, with tomato vinegar glaze.
Paired with: Quinta do Coa, 2008 (Douro, Portugal)
Smoked bleu cheesecake.
Paired with: Saveur du Chateau de la Genalserie Cabernet Anjou, 2010 (France)
Uncorking will be at 7:00 pm. Seating will be limited to 30 venturesome souls. The price of $75/person includes tax and gratuity. Call (812) 988-2273 to make your reservation.