It’s time to pop bottles and raise a glass to two legendary names in fine dining and wine: Miss Ruth and Madame Clicquot. On August 23, Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations across the country will host a five-course pairing dinner with Veuve Clicquot to celebrate the “First Lady of Steak” and the “Grand Dame of Champagne.” The dinner is the fifth in this year’s series of Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinners.
Inspired by founder Ruth Fertel, each pairing partner in the TasteMaker series has a story that echoes Fertel’s own fearless spirit of entrepreneurship and dedication to quality. The single mother mortgaged her home more than 50 years ago to purchase her first restaurant. She had no prior restaurant experience but was able to succeed because of her commitment to providing exceptional food and service to all of her guests. Similarly, Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot also made a name for herself in spite of the odds. When she was 27 years-old, her husband passed away and she was tasked with taking over his wine business. Under her guidance and skill at winemaking, she helped establish one of the oldest and most celebrated Champagne houses in the country: Veuve Clicquot, which means “The Widow Clicquot.”
“Our pairing dinner with Veuve Clicquot is truly a cornerstone of our TasteMaker series,” said Abdiel Aleman, Vice President of Culinary Development for Ruth’s Chris Steak House. “Champagne is often overlooked for its pairing capabilities. Its high acidity and low sugar content makes it a great complement to a variety of different foods. For the menu for this dinner, we really wanted to match the luxurious nature of Champagne by incorporating equally indulgent flavors into our dishes like the herbed truffle crust on our signature Petite Filet.”
To kick off the evening, guests will enjoy a Belvedere 75—a champagne cocktail made with Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label, Belvedere Vodka and Lemon—paired with a Fried Oyster Po’ Boy with Cajun Tartar Sauce. For the second course, they’ll be served a flute of Veuve Clicquot’s féted Yellow Label with Sea Bass & Shrimp Stew. The third course will pay homage to Veuve Clicquot’s Rosé paired with Tenderloin Tartar. The show-stopping main course will feature a glass of Veuve Clicquot’s 2008 Vintage Champagne alongside Ruth’s signature Petite Filet topped with herbed truffle crust. Finally, for dessert, guests will sip on Veuve Clicquot’s Demi-Sec with Lemon Curd Napoleon.
“The predominance of Pinot Noir in Veuve Clicquot champagnes makes it the perfect pairing as an aperitif and throughout a meal,” said Dominique Demarville, Chef de Caves of Veuve Clicquot. “Veuve Clicquot is excited to be part of this special event which shares and celebrates the success of two audacious business women, both leaders and innovators in their industry. Madame Clicquot created three important innovations in champagne that are still being used today; the first vintage in 1810, the riddling table to clarify champagne in 1816, and the first blended rosé in 1818 for which we celebrate its 200th anniversary this year. All three innovations will be experienced as part of this dinner, through Yellow Label, Rosé NV, and Vintage 2008.”
Reservations for Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinner featuring Veuve Clicquot are now available at participating locations. This year’s final dinner in the TasteMaker Dinners series will be hosted with Stags Leap Wine Cellars in mid-October.
Dates and availability may vary by location. For reservations and more information, please visit: www.ruthschris.com/
ABOUT RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Ruth’s Chris Steak House was founded by Ruth Fertel 50 years ago in New Orleans, La. Ruth had a recipe for everything – from how to prepare her signature sizzling steaks to how to treat her guests. This timeless formula is a testament to how one neighborhood eatery has become the largest collection of upscale steak houses in the world, with more than 150 restaurant locations around the globe. Ruth’s Chris remains true to its heritage, helping guests make their best memories on 500-degree sizzling plates. Ruth’s Chris Steak House. This is how it’s done.
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