April 9, 2015

A Table Tasting with Noodles & Company

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It’s not very often that I’m invited to fun and unique non-kid opportunities in the St. Louis area to try new things. A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Noodles & Company to see learn about their new pairing menu with Schlafly. Being from the area, it was a fun new partnership between 2 companies that I really like. I typically do not write about adult beverages on the blog to keep it more family friendly, but I felt this was one opportunity where the food definitely stood out to me and definitely a family friendly restaurant.

I invited my BFF, Melissa, along to sample with me. We arrived and we were greeted by some amazing people from both companies. The evening was gorgeous, so the event was held on their outdoor patio. We learned all about the Noodle & Company philosophy of real food, real ingredients. All fresh produce.  No microwaves and rice krispie treats made in house daily. Yum!  We also learned about Schlafly and their bottling process. We had beer that that had been bottled that week and learned the history of the company. We even learned that the yeast for one of the beers was given as a wedding gift long ago! Interesting!

 We could basically try anything on the menu at request, but they had a 6 course tasting menu laid out for us to try. We took lots of notes! Everyone was really laid back, super engaging and really want to hear out feedback! Here is what we had!

First up the Appetizers.

We had the Potstickers. Now these are not your typical potstickers – they are cooked on a flat top. I could compare it almost to a chewy quesadilla. They were good, definitely a good spin on a traditional potsticker.

Cheesy Garlic Bread – be still my heart. This was delicious. So much so that we asked to keep it at the table the entire meal. It’s always so hard to get bread in the beginning knowing you’re going to eat a mound of pasta!

They had one offering of salad and it was The Med Salad. I’ve never had a Mediterranean salad with cavatappi noodles in it. Really delish. It had a spicy yogurt dressing that had just enough zip. I would definitely get this again and add chicken for lunch. Yum-O! 

Top Right – Penne Rosa with Parmesan Chicken  This wasn’t super spicy to me at all. I think my favorite protein of the night was the Parmesan Chicken. I could put that on anything and I’d love to recreate it at home.
Bottom Left- Whole Grain Tuscan Fresca with Grilled Chicken – this would be perfect for a summer on the patio type of dinner. It was light, and you felt good about it because of the whole grains.
These were paired with the Summer Lager and Ginger Beer.

Up Next – Bangkok Curry with Shrimp – 2 Things I don’t care for – curry & shrimp. I tried it, I’m not a fan of coconut either, but Melissa loved this one.

Top Right – Wisconsin Mac & Cheese with Meatballs. This is pretty fantastic. This is pretty rich and  amazing. By this point, we were wishing we had stretchy pants because we were getting full! This is just pure comfort food in a bowl.
Bottom Right – Pesto Cavatappi with Pork – This was pretty delicious. It had pulled pork on top that was pretty fantastic. I probably would pair the pork with the Mac & Cheese or another pasta, but this was good. The pesto was not over powering like pesto can sometimes be.

Bottom Left – Thai Hot Pot – This was originally not on the menu, but it was requested by another attendee. I’ve never had a Hot Pot before, and I will say, I would totally get this again – and it’s CURRY! I know. It also came with this super delicious flat bread that I could have boxed up and taken home and eaten in the dark with that garlic cheese bread.

These were paired with a Pale Ale, Kolsch and Hefeweisen.

Top Left – Dessert! – They had an assortment of Snicker Doodles, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Rice Krispie Treats which those are made in house. I know whenever we go to Noodles hubs always gets one for dessert. So yummy!

Now the nice thing about all of these pasta options is that you can add any meat or tofu you’d like to your meal. The possibilities are endless. When I was pregnant all I ate was the Steak Stroganoff, I couldn’t get enough. I was good and didn’t try that because I had eaten it like 100 times!
The neat thing about these two companies coming together is they are going to be offering a pasta & beer option for $10 each month and it will change every month. Now neat is that? Seems like an easy dinner to me!
If you’re in the St. Louis area, stay tuned to my Facebook page for a giveaway for 2 free meals to Noodles & Company. A big thank you to Noodles & Company and Schlafly for hosting the event.
In full disclosure, I was compensated 4 free meal tickets in exchange for me attending and sharing my opinion of the event.

2 responses to “A Table Tasting with Noodles & Company”

  1. What a fun event with two great companies! We love Schlafly beers!

  2. Sara says:

    Oh my gosh, how amazing!!! I LOVE Noodles & Co. Unfortunately, the closest one to me is an hour away :(. Love that they have so many vegetarian options. The Japanese Pan Noodles are my favorite!

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