Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Recap of Bell's Eccentric Day 2012

Written by  Jon Jefferson
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Recap of Bell's Eccentric Day 2012

Sometimes Kalamazoo gets a bit well, odd, for lack of a better word right now. One day a year those over the age of 21 are encouraged to “come as you aren’t.” December 7th was Eccentric Day at Bell’s Eccentric Café. The idea is, come out to the pub and spend time with like-minded (or maybe not so like-minded) individuals.
Part of the festivities is the release of the Eccentric Ale. This beer is brewed only on Eccentric day and released for the party during the next celebration. The special ale was brewed with the help of special guest brewer Jamie Floyd from Ninkasi.

Food for the event follows the path of the odd direction. The menu this year included items like squid stuffed with corn bread, alligator gumbo, and venison sausage. And of course bar snacks of silk worms and crickets. To give you an idea of the foods involved in the prep for the day this was part of the shopping list from the Eccentric café blog.

2012 Eccentric food numbers:
  • 20 lbs. of alligator
  • 10 lbs. of shepherd’s pie
  • About 100 squid (stuffed with bison cornbread)
  • 10 lbs. of antelope
  • 2 wild boar legs (10-12 lbs. each)
  • 20 lbs. of shrimp
  • 12 lbs. of elk
  • 12 lbs. of bison
  • 24 duck breasts
  • 12 lbs. of venison to make sausage
  • About 80 lbs. of cheese in 20 different varieties

The interesting food and the great beers are really only part of the equation that makes for a great eccentric day. The day really comes down to the people who share their costumed identities for the day. Patrons as well as employees go to great lengths to bring the wackiest and most off the wall ideas to life. For a celebration that begins at 9am and then carries on till late night, this is a day worth being a bit different.

Jon Jefferson

Jon Jefferson

Having graduated from both Grand Rapids Community College (Associate of Science: CulinaryArts) and then Davenport University (BBA), Jon Jefferson has been working within the restaurant industry for roughly eight years. The last restaurant was Epic Bistro/ Central City TapHouse in Kalamazoo Michigan. In 2008 he started a journey, exploring the world of beer through brewing. It was through a desire to share his homebrewing and beer related adventures that the blog 10th Day Brewing was born. He lives in Galesburg, Michigan with his wife Joanna and daughters Chelsea and Maggie.