FESTIVE TIME FOAM: In this season of pheasant under glass and syrup-laden croquembouche, it can be downright refreshing to come across a nice resort dinner that's centered around beer, catsup, and meatloaf. Oh, and "Automat" Macaroni & Cheese, which sounds like it is the anti-fancy to us (a compliment, and not a back-handed one, either; a full, fork-gripped-in-handed compliment).
TWENTY6 & STONE BREWERY: The restaurant and brewery are pairing up to put on the La Quinta Resort & Club-based Beer Dinner for Arrogant Bastards on Friday, Dec. 17. There will be beer pairings, of course, and other no-fussy dishes like no-bake cheesecake (again, served during the bake-iest week of the year; that's some cheek). Arrogant Bastard is in the event's name, and it will indeed be on the pour. Price is $49 (adult, of course), and you'll want to reserve at 760-564-5720. Oh, and here's the catsup-glazed menu for the happy looking.