A taste of Loko

    The caffeine-and-alcohol combo that made Four Loko a hit with college kids will soon be rebranded, but a local chef wanted to give the controversial drink a last hurrah of sorts.

    Chef Matt Levin of the much-lauded Adsum Restaurant has announced that he will be serving a four-course meal that will be paired with four of the original flavors of the malt beverage. The dinner is set for Monday, Dec. 13, and will be served in two seatings – one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. The cost is $35 per person.

    Said Levin, in announcing the dinner: “As soon as I heard that Four Loko was being ‘banned’ for combining caffeine and alcohol, I started hoarding it – with this meal in mind. It seems absurd to me that a beverage that is marketed and sold to adults over 21 should be so strictly regulated, and this dinner is my way of saying ‘Hey, we can handle it!’”

    Levin stockpiled 10 cases of the beverage.

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    The Loko dinner will include:  Moroccan Lamb ‘Sausage and Peppers’ paired with the restaurant’s own Loko Yoko cocktail;  BBQ Picnic featuring Loko pearls and pickled watermelon rind, paired with Lemonade Loko;  Vanilla Pain Perdu with Loko slushy and gelee, paired with Watermelon Loko;  and Loko Pate de Fruit, paired with Fruit Punch Loko.

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