A meal begins with your drink choice and sets the tone for all of the courses to follow…yeah, no pressure! Here at Valley Smoke, we make it easy. Although we have a robust menu, you can’t go wrong with your selections. The key is knowing which entrees, appetizers, desserts and drinks complement each other. Stick to one flavor palette and you’ll be on a fast-track to the perfect meal. Here are some of our favorites meal pairings from Valley Smoke. Bon appetit!

4 Tips To Planning Out A Tailor-Made Meal:

1. A well-balanced meal is your goal, not a meal that tastes the same from course to course. We suggest you avoid duplicating flavors. For example, if you order our Cocktail Pimento Cheese, take it easy on the cheese in the courses to follow. Lucky for you, we have plenty of delicious meat to choose from…

2. Fruit is normally never showcased during the beginning portion of your meal. This is because the sweetness that comes from fruit often dulls the appetite. For this reason, fruit shows up mainly in desserts.

3. Creamy soups are food for the soul. However, they don’t pair well with creamed vegetables such as our Poblano Cream Corn. Heavy, creamy starters shouldn’t be followed up by creamy sides. Instead, try a side like a mixed green salad!

4. Who doesn’t love sauce? Sometimes we get stuck on loving just one sauce. But the key to a complimentary meal is to mix it up a little and test out all of the homemade sauces Valley Smoke has to offer.

 

The menu is full of great options, but these options should balance strong, sweet, subtle and sharp flavors along with varying textures, colors and temperatures. The choices with more subtle flavors are mainly carbs such as rice and potatoes, which should be paired with strong flavors that can be found in meats or well-seasoned vegetables. Here’s an idea of what flavors, colors, temperatures and textures best compliment one another:

 

Complementary Courses are the Key

1. Complementing Seasonings: Starting off with a simple drink choice? Perk up your palette with a heavily seasoned appetizer to get your meal started the right way.

2. Complementing Temperatures: Varying temperatures throughout your meal creates interest and a much needed contradiction. Warm foods stimulate your appetite and appear in almost every course, so adding a cold side salad to any meal gives your meal balance.

3. Complementing Textures: Even in food, “opposites attract” is still a phrase that reigns true. Crunchy and smooth textures are ideal in meals, such as soup and salad. You could even just get our smooth Simple Tomato Soup that comes with crunchy grilled cheese croutons. Absolutely delicious!

 

 

Now that we shared the guide to help you navigate the perfect meal, here are some sample pairings for your next meal at Valley Smoke:

 

 

Mock Menu #1

  1. Chardonnay
  2. Roast Beet Salad – pecan / pears / southern blue cheese / tender greens / local honey sherry vinaigrette
  3. Heritage St. Louis Style Ribs – bacon garlic green beans / german potatoes / pickles / garlic toast
  4. Hummingbird Cake – cream cheese frosting / strawberries / coulis

 

Mock Menu #2

  1. Pale Ale
  2. Oak Smoked Burrata – arugula / tomato peach compote / Georgia olive oil / basil / grilled baguette
  3. Filet Mignon – grilled onion / smokey brandy jus / mashed potatoes
  4. Lemon Pie – cream chantilly

 

Mock Menu #3

  1. Riesling
  2. Oysters – iced raw – mignonette, house hot sauce and saltines / wood-roasted – chili and garlic butter / fried – cornmeal crusted and creole remoulade
  3. Good Breed Chicken – pickles / garlic toast / whipped potatoes / grilled broccoli
  4. Barbara’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake – vanilla ice cream / rum caramel sauce

 

 

These meal plans are just for inspiration, so feel free to substitute your own favorites to get the best tailored meal for you! We hope you feel equipped to walk in and order the perfectly paired meal at Valley Smoke. See you soon!

 

 

At Valley Smoke, we love whiskey and its various forms. Bourbon, rye or scotch – you name it, we got it. We all know whiskey makes for a delicious winter cocktail but summer is approaching quickly and we aren’t quite ready to part ways. With refreshing summer fusions of strawberry, cucumber, rhubarb, mint, blackberry, peach or lemon, you’ll learn very quickly brown spirits are very versatile. Here are a few of Valley Smoke’s favorite warm weather cocktails that’ll have you boozing all summer long:

 

Derby Sour

Woodford Reserve/ Lemon/ Simple Syrup/ Bittermilk #3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour/ Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend

The name ‘derby’ has been given to a number of cocktails, reference to the Kentucky Derby, bourbon is the most popular base spirit. The sour recipe is a lovely, refreshing twist on the Kentucky Derby classic, the Mint Julep. The Derby Sour is a sweet, delicious summer cocktail for a whiskey lover.

 

Rock and Rye

High West Double Rye/ Rock Candy/ Luxardo/ Star Anise/ Cinnamon/ Lemon/ Orange/ Clove

You make not recognize the name but you’d know the classic cocktail if you saw it. Ya know, the one with the rock candy sticking out of it. It’s origin is traced back to the 20th century when bartenders added rock candy, or rock candy syrup, to smooth out the bite of a young rye. It was often used as a remedy for sniffles or a sore throat. Back then, it was more of a remedy while now, Valley Smoke has crafted it into an exciting refresher.

 

Cucumber Gimlet

Nolet’s Gin/ St. Germain/ House Basil/ Simple Syrup/ Fresh Cucumber/ Lime

I know when I see a cucumber drink on the menu, I just can’t resist. Cucumber cocktails are the epitome of refreshing: light, summery and hydrating. What’s a gimlet? Gimlets are composed of gin, lime juice and a touch of simple syrup. When these basic ingredients are shake with ice and strained into a martini glass, something magical happens.

 

Blackberry Whiskey Smash

Redemption Rye/ Blackberries/ Gingerale/ Lemon/ Simple Syrup

The Blackberry Whiskey Smash is the whiskey drinker’s mojito! This is the perfect drink for those who are whiskey drinkers at heart but have a soft spot for a refreshing mojito. The cocktail is crisp, refreshing and versatile enough for any time of year.

 

Even if you aren’t a big whiskey drinker, it never hurts to try something new! Lucky for you, all these enchanting summer cocktails are on the menu at Valley Smoke. Come visit us in Ponte Vedra, Florida for some tasty craft cocktails, delicious BBQ and an intercoastal view that can’t be beat.

BBQ season is here! For many of us, this is the wonderful time of the year we get to gather around with family and friends and enjoy some delicious BBQ. So, whether you’re eating at Valley Smoke or grilling out in the backyard, you have to try these drink and BBQ pairings. It’s going to change the way you enjoy a real southern BBQ meal. From grilled chicken to marinated beef brisket, we’ve got the perfect drink for you: (more…)

In our very biased (but extremely honest) opinion, there’s nothing better than sipping a cool cocktail with a nice view of the intracoastal. Lucky for you, this unbeatable scene is right down the road at Valley Smoke. Our incredibly experienced bartenders love experimenting with new libations, and one of Valley Smoke’s favorite ways to spice up our cocktails is by adding seasonal herbs and produce. Here are some awesome cocktails with unique ingredients you’ll find featured on our menu: (more…)