Milk-haters, I know you’re out there. Despite your qualms with the kitchen staple, there’s something reassuring about enjoying milk before bed that reaffirms our mammalian roots. Especially when it’s an Anchor Milk milk degustation at Milk the Cow led by chefs from The Town Mouse and Huxtable. Lactose intolerants, there’s no hope for you.
The Anchor Milk Sensory Milk Flight was a sensory celebration of milk’s culinary diversity. Think wine and food pairing, but not; it’s milk, delicately presented with evocative twists. Warm milk neat versus umami milk infused with seaweed and mushroom. Dissecting milk using common wine etiquette compels you to explore its underappreciated character in depth. Milk has calming primordial elements that invoke childhood memories tethered by mammalian instinct. Wine just makes you throw tantrums and forget things.
The food menu was carefully crafted to accentuate softer and creamier palates. Oysters, hummus, and pork belly slow cooked in finely filtered milk with cauliflower puree. By the time I finished reminiscing with a bunch of adults over the last time we all drank warm milk, the next milk flight is already in front of me. Spiced milk with cardamom, bay leaves, tumeric, and cinnamon. Let’s be real, there’s a boatload of milk. I estimated at least two udders full per person. But Christian McCabe (Town Mouse, Embla) and Daniel Wilson (Huxtable, Huxtaburger) are there to nurture you through the degustation like an experienced mother breastfeeding her confused and screaming child.
If you didn’t roll out of Milk the Cow brandishing a creamy milk moustache feeling like a big baby with a sore tummy from too much milk, you weren’t doing it right. Milk this good could make warm milk and cookies my next Friday night bar order.
Ate: Anchor Milk inspired food menu.
Drank: Anchor Milk five ways.
– Matt M.
Matt M. is a mad scientist by day and beer connoisseur by night. When he’s not devouring a new set of craft beers you will find him in a dankly lit room plotting his approach at the next alcohol-related festival.