There are a lot of things that I love about my job (#Yelp901 Community Manager), but attending specialty dinners are my favorite. And the dinner that Ruth’s Chris Steak House just had…well, it is a new favorite.
All across the land on Thursday, March 19th, 2015, Ruth’s Chris Steak House hosted the first of their 50th Anniversary Wine Dinner Series. And first up? The Veuve Clicquot Dinner. This excited me for a few reasons…well, two to be exact: steak and *excellent* champagne. Because I could solely live off steak and champagne for the rest of my life…oh wait, I basically already do. And if you follow me on any social media, you know this to be true. I feel like I should be embarrassed…but I’m not. I’m a total lushy hedonist and proud of it!
Upon arrival, I was excited to see that there was a private dining room for the dinner and all 20 (or so) guests were seated around a large table – perfect for socializing with strangers (my favorite thing!). And before I could even sit down, I was offered a Grand Marnier’s® Smash (1 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier®, 4 chunks fresh lemon, and 6-8 mint leaves) and salmon tartare on a crisp cucumber – the perfect thing to get this party started.
The first course was chilled jumbo shrimp with honeycrisp apple, haricot vert (otherwise known as green beans), and dijon vinaigrette paired with the Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label. I would never think about putting shrimp with apples or even green beans but it was spectacular…and beautiful!
Next up? Lobster Bisque En Croute with the Veuve Clicquot Rosé…and I’m still thinking about that delicious pairing. There is something about champagne being pink that just makes me happy (OK, yes, I’m girlie and silly).
Oh, and I *may* have devoured that bisque in two seconds flat…and in then in the very next breath asked my date if he was going to finish his (he did, much to my dismay).
As expected, a filet mignon was the entrée (with black truffle and foie gras butter, served sizzling) with pan roasted cremini mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes as the accompaniments. And just when I thought it couldn’t be more perfect, I drank the Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004. My new favorite drink…unsurprisingly, it is around $72 a bottle…I do have expensive and exquisite taste!
For dessert, there was a pear and almond tart with chamomile tea whipped cream. They were kind enough to accommodate my hatred of nuts and brought me one without it. We then sipped the Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec to finish.
My favorite part of the evening was surprisingly learning the history of Veuve Clicquot. I’ve always enjoyed history (I mean, I give tours at a cemetery for fun), but wine and champagne have eluded me, because while I enjoy it, I never understand when someone speaks intelligently about it. However, our host for the evening (please forgive me as I have forgotten your name) spoke eloquently (aka simply, which I appreciated) and was absolutely hilarious. He even gave me a powerpoint that I could take home to study…I swear, I’ll read it…eventually.
April 30th, 2015: Caymus Wine Dinner
June 11th, 2015: Golden Anniversary Dinner
August 20th, 2015: 1965 Cocktail Party
October 18th, 2015: “Best of the Best” 90+ Rated Wine Dinner
Update: HOW COULD I FORGET that I won the giveaway of the evening! Well, technically, my date won the giveaway…but I took it from him…I let him keep the sunglasses though (aren’t I nice?!)!