Friday, August 19, 2016

Food Hussy Restaurant Night: Capital Grille's Generous Pour Event

I was recently invited to co-host a dinner at Capital Grille in the Rookwood area to celebrate the largest wine event across the country - the Generous Pour. Now thru Sept 4, you can add the Generous Pour to your meal for $28 and get a customized wine tasting that the servers will help you pair with your meal. 

I met up with some blogging friends at the bar to enjoy the event in a group! Myself, Wanna BiteAdventure MomA Bird and A BeanA Little Moore and Foodtastic Mom were all in for a big night of food, fun and wine!

During The Generous Pour, servers will suggest pairings for each course, based on individual preferences, allowing guests to craft their own personalized wine dinner. 

There were seven wines that we were able to taste and they were HEALTHY tastings - each was paired with different parts of our meal. 

Stags’ Leap, The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon. The Stags Leap region with its unique soil and climate became known for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa. This wine pairs beautifully with our dry aged steak.

Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir. Don’t miss what some consider the finest and truest expression of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.

Beaulieu Vineyard, Tapestry Cabernet Blend. Bordeaux trained winemaker AndrĂ© Tchelistcheff came into Napa with a bold new approach, using radical fermentation techniques and pioneering the use of French oak barrels which resulted in California’s first “cult” Cabernet. 

Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Blend. Enjoy Penfolds Bin 2, from the first winery to produce the Shiraz that made Australian Shiraz famous -- and still remains the gold standard.

Chateau St. Jean, Robert Young Vineyard Chardonnay. Enjoy this complex and classic descendant, a California Chardonnay from Margo Van Staaveren and the renowned Alexander Valley, throughout your meal.

Provenance Sauvignon Blanc. A gamble on growing white grapes in the traditionally red region of Rutherford, Calif., paid off big. Experience what is possibly the best expression of Sauvignon Blanc in the Napa Valley.

Stellina di Notte Pinot Grigio. This light and refreshing Pinot Grigio was born out of American innovation paired with centuries old tradition. 

We started our dinner off with a series of appetizers including the Pan-Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers ($15). I do NOT do tentacles. I just can't. But I like the "circles" and this was really good - the peppers were juicy and paired nicely with the crispy calamari.  

Our table was also beautifully set with roses, candles, and more. We also had our special place settings with a wine book for notes, personalized menu and more.

 The other appetizer that had me drooling at the thought was the Proscuitto Wrapped Mozzarella ($16). I have to say - it was better in theory. It was good and maybe it would have been better if we'd gotten it RIGHT out of the oven - but it was just ok. I think Proscuitto is very delicate and it was a bit overwhelmed by the cheese and just didn't taste like the delicate cheesy meat that it is.

With me in the full throws of the Bachelorette finale - I decided that since I was flying solo - someone needed to give ME a rose for the evening and our amazing wonderful server for the night did me the honor. He's also the same guy who made me some awesome sweet tea on my last visit.

Another appetizer was the Lobster & Crab Cakes ($19) - this was BY FAR my favorite of the appetizers. These were CHOCK FULL of lobster and crab - so good. I could eat this for my entree - soooooo good! (I loved it with the Chateau St. John Chardonnay!)

I had a simple menu choice - I have been dying to try the Porcini Rubbed Bone-in Ribeye with the 15 year Aged Balsamic ($53) for so long!!! They have a great selection of steaks - with New York Strip, Tenderloin, Porterhouse and Filet Mignon - so it should almost be called STEAKS-R-US (but I guess Capital Grille is a little classier). 

Along with our amazing steaks - we had a bevy of side dishes to try! By far the favorite was the Lobster Mac 'N Cheese ($18). This was a creamy almost alfredo-y cheese sauce with crunchy breadcrumbs and big chunks of lobster. You may need to order two of these!
Fresh asparagus ($11) - lightly grilled, drizzled with lemon and sprinkled with the rare fleur de sel (i.e. really fancy sea salt) - really good - but how can you go wrong?

Next up we tried the Soy Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon ($12) - these were definitely tasty - I was so busy talking and enjoying the company that I didn't really go back to them - so they were good but didn't grab me like the lobster mac & cheese!

 And here's the best course of the meal - right? 

Or maybe this? And yes - I got it rare. Normally I'm a medium rare but with a couple people getting theirs Medium or Medium Well (BLASPHEMY!!) - I had to go all out moooing. I probably like Mid-Rare better but this was still good.

Why Should You Go? The Generous Pour event is only good through September 4 - so if you like wine - THIS IS THE TIME TO GO!!!! Capital Grille is a wonderful night out - and the service is impeccable. Love it!
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