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Beer with Food

The pubs industry is becoming ever more 'serious' about food. For instance Greene King has just held its second annual Chef Academy: this brings together chefs to share ideas and learn from the best in the catering world.

Themes which the industry are following include:

And wine or beer with that?

Greene King has also been promoting Beer to dine for - beer with meals. Many others are also trying to promote beer as an alternative to wine.

Party Paupers?

The Guardian ran a piece called Party paupers - a dinner party for under 30 which featured a 20 3-course recipe by Silvena Rowe and then their wine correspondent Malcolm Gluck made his suggestions. This triggered a flurry of appalled replies, including from CAMRA and even from Guardian colleagues.

Roger Protz wrote:

He went on to point out some of the beer-with-food initiatives, including the recent CAMRA awards ceremony's meal... Others wrote in concerned about traditional pubs being tarted up as 'gastropubs' to serve expensive food to 'London' types with locals relegated to other pubs (if there are any left nearby).

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