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Chef Robin Nathan presents Belgian Frites, Mussel & Ale (Hands On)
Legend has it that the French fry was invented not by the French, but by a group of Belgian peasants in the 17th century. During an especially brutal winter, the river that was their main source of sustenance froze, making fishing impossible. In lieu of the real thing, these creative folks took to carving potatoes into fish shapes and frying them. Belgians are passionate about these frites, which are commonly sold in small shops along city streets and served in paper cones with a sprinkling of salt and a generous dollop of mayonnaise. Belgian frites are the perfect accompaniment to a steaming bucket of mussels and a smooth Belgian beer. On the menu: Specialty Ale Selection, Belgian Style Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Steamed Mussels in White Wine with Saffron, Fresh Frites with Aioli, and Rustic Belgian Pear Cake with Sugar Crust