Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Good Food, Good Wine, Good God Let's Eat!

Eat, Drink and be Merry is exactly what I and group of friends did last month!

We attended a Five Course Wine Dinner benefitting the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance on Monday, April 25 at Carrabba's. The food was declicious and the company of friends was a plus. This wine dinner is held every year to help find a cure for this disease. The wine dinner was $35 which is a steal compared to most wine dinners that range from $45-$80. So of course I had to jump on this! The wine pairings were perfect with the food and I was stuffed and feeling the wine at the end of the night. I didn't even taste the last red wine because I had approached my limit. LOL

Below is the menu of our wine dinner. My favorite dish Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin. It was so tender and seasoned so well it taste like steak! My favorite wine of the night was the Kendall Jackson Chardonnay.

Spinach Fonduta
An oven-baked blend of spinach with Fontina and Gruyere cheeses, served with grilled bruschette bread
Wine Paring: Kendall Jackson Chardonnay

Italian Salad
Wine Paring: Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc

Penne Franco
Mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and black olives, in garlic and oil with ricotta salata cheese
Wine Pairing: Ravenswood Zinfandel

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Wood grilled to perfection and topped with an apple and fig infused port wine sauce Wine Pairing: Pian Di Nova, Super Tuscan

Creme Brulee
A rich custard dessert topped with a layer of caramelized sugar

Unfortunately, we didn't get the Creme Brulee but overall we were all very pleased with the dinner.I meant to take pictures of each dish but I was so hungry and the food looked so good that I forgot to. At the end of dinner we were each given nice wooden Carrabba's cutting boards. The dinner was everything I expected it to be and I look forward to my next one!

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  1. Chelsea...I want to be a posh sophisticated wine taster. I've been doing my research and I know I will only like sweet dessert wines. I'll email you, so that my complete ignorance will not be known to the world...LOL!

  2. LOL I'm a dessert wine drinker myself but I'm starting to get more into red wines. There are so many brands of wine I'm sure if you keep looking and tasting you'll find others that you like as well. Thanks for stopping by!