• Wine in the City

    August 7, 2010

    What a night! A BIG thank you to Kendall-Jackson and the wine family for a fabulous “Wine in the City” night out on the town. I definitely felt special tonight! :mrgreen:


    Hello, stretch limo! :mrgreen:



    The Wine in the City event started with a laid-back, yet sophisticated cocktail party at the Hilton Manhattan East.

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    At the cocktail party, there were lots of delicious appetizers to chose from– both stationary and passed.







    And, of course, there was plenty of Kendall-Jackson wine.



    Also a HUGE thank you to “Almanzo” for inviting me to the event! :mrgreen:


    Once the cocktail party ended, we headed to The Capital Grille for a five-course dinner with wine pairings.



    I must say, the food + wine pairings was quite impressive! :-D

    First course: Lobster and Crab Cake served with Caper Tartar Sauce and paired with Cambria 2007 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay. I love crab cakes, but lobster and crab cakes are even more amazing, especially when there are big hunks of lobster in it.


    Chardonnay was the perfect wine pairing. It brought out so much flavor in the crab cake.


    Blog buddies!


    Second course: Chilled Seared Sushi Grade Tuna served with Wasabi Oil, White Soy, and Ginger Vinegar paired with La Cream 2007 Pinot Noir. The sesame-crusted tuna was to die for! My favorite sauce out of the three was the white soy. Mmm!


    I usually don’t enjoy Pinot Noir, but this one was excellent with fresh, juicy flavors of cherry and plums. It was my favorite style of red wine.


    Hey, Almanzo. How’s that wine? ;-)


    During the meal, the head sommelier at The Capital Grille briefly described each of the wines to us. It was fun tasting new ones and learning about them.


    Third course: Roasted Lamb Chips served with Cherry Mostarda paired with Cambria 2007 Barbara’s Pinot Noir. I’m not much of a meat eater, so I only ate a couple of bites of the lamp chops.


    More wine!


    Fourth course: Dry Aged Sirloin served with Cipollini Onions and Wild Mushrooms paired with Kendall-Jackson Jackson Hills 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Again, I only ate a few bites of the Dry Aged Sirloin, but I enjoyed this course a lot more. The meat, mushrooms, and onions all had a ton of flavor and went so well with the Cabernet Sauvignon.


    Final course: Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake. Thick, rich, heavenly.


    Friends, wine, delicious food. What more could you ask for? It was an amazing evening and one I will never forget. Thanks, again, KJ!

    It’s sooooo late! G’night!

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    { 45 comments… read them below or add one }

    Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat August 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Your life is very difficult. If you want to switch, I can sacrifice my calm existence for your overwhelmed time right now… :-D


    Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 7, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Dammnnn, now, that’s traveling in style! Some pretty cool company, too. :)


    Wei-Wei August 7, 2010 at 2:21 am

    You look great! I love parallel posts on my two favourite blogs. :) Looks like a fun night!



    Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 7, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Wow, a five course meal, wine and a stretch limo. What a night!!


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) August 7, 2010 at 3:11 am

    i think they just opened a capitol grill in l.a.?!?!


    sam @ hold onto healthy August 7, 2010 at 4:06 am

    mmmm that cake looks AMAZING.


    Hannah August 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

    You are such the celebrity! Limos and cake, what a life ;)


    Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 7, 2010 at 7:09 am

    This does look like an absolutely amazing evening…you all look so pretty! I’ve walked by the Capitol Grille a bunch of times but never knew how nice it was! Hope you have a great day at BlogHer!


    Katie August 7, 2010 at 7:36 am

    What an awesome and first class night for sure! All you girls looked so beautiful! I love your dress too! Capitol Grille ROCKS!! Have been there in vegas, chicago, and pittsburgh, loved it! THey have the best parmesan truffle fries and the best lobster mac n cheese!!!!

    Have agreat day today!!! Love seeing the recaps, I really hope to go to more events in the near future!!!!


    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 7, 2010 at 7:40 am

    What a great night! The cake looks delicious! I hope you have a great Saturday!


    diana(mymarblerye) August 7, 2010 at 8:04 am

    alamanzo was there!?! oh my…no wonder jenna wanted to be there too!! You girls are SOOO positive and also SOOO beautiful! Eat up and enjoy life!


    Chelsey August 7, 2010 at 8:06 am

    that looks like a great time!!!!


    Ann @ Appalachian Appetites August 7, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Can’t believe you got to meet Almanzo :) Glad you’re having fun!


    Julie @ Pickley Pear August 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

    That is an amazing meal! Capital grille is very fancy!


    Estela @ Weekly Bite August 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

    What a fantastic event!!! Thanks for sharing with us!


    Nicole August 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I am drooling looking at the meat, cheese and olive platter! A dirty vodka martini would go nicely with that. Holy Yum!


    Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

    La Crema Pinot is my favorite pinot and drink it quite often…..so glad you enjoyed it and your special Kendell Jackson night out! How fun is that?!


    Krystina August 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

    You all look ridiculously gorgeous.


    Karoline August 7, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Love your green dress – where’s it from?


    tanyasdailyproductreviews August 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

    looks like you all had a great night


    Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I love Capital grille, looks like you guys had an amazing night!


    Heather August 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

    lots of wine!
    the limo looks fun, too!


    Lauren August 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    WOW! Looking like you had an amazing night. Which was your favorite appetizer at the cocktail party?


    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

    That night looks amazing!!


    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Love your sophisticated green dress!
    I’ve been to the Capital Grille a couple times for work events and I wasn’t all that impressed. Pretty overpriced for what seems like basic steakhouse fare, but I guess that’s just their thing. Not that I would turn down a free meal there or anything! What were your thoughts on the restaurant in general?


    Cynthia (It All Changes) August 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

    So fun for you to meet Almanzo and spend a wonderful evening with your lovely blog friends. So hard to choose which wine and food you like best. I think you enjoyed every bite…and sip :-)


    rachel August 7, 2010 at 9:56 am

    WOW!!!! What a great night, food lookes FABulous and the wine pairings sound AMAZING!!!! BTW, loving your blog!


    Renee @ Actively Ordinary August 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

    wine and food pairings are my favorite – what a fun night!


    Steph (Steph Runs the City) August 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

    yum! that dinner looks amazing- capital grille is right by my office and i’ve always wanted to try it. hope you’re having fun in nyc :)


    Tina August 7, 2010 at 10:32 am

    @Karoline: Marshalls.


    jenna August 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

    hehehe miss you guys!


    Callie August 7, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Wow. :)
    Sounds like you had so much fun!


    Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 7, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Wow, living like a celeb!


    Daisy August 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Almanzo made an appearance! heck yes. what a great night for you!!


    Chicago Cuisine Critique August 7, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Sounds like quite the night! And..that meal looks awesome.


    Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

    My mouth is watering! :-P


    Amber K August 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t eat meat, but I would be all over that dessert!


    Rachel August 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I love your dress! That green is a fabulous color on you. :)


    Wendy (Give Love Create Happiness) August 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    That looks like so much fun! Wine and chocolate-espresso cake – heaven!


    Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana August 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Now THAT’s a proper way to spend a night in the city. What fun! Love wine pairings!


    Heather August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    what a night! you look gorgeous (as always :))…and that FOOD! oh my goodness, i don’t know if i could practice balanced eating there…


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I love crab cakes, but I’ve never had a crab AND lobster cake. I bet it would be divine! :D


    Mac August 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    WOW! The appetizers look absolutely amazing! I need to hire a professional chef asap!


    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    How interesting how worlds connect, Almanzo. :)


    Tim October 15, 2010 at 3:17 am

    I am thinking about taking my girlfriend here, do you have more pictures of the dining room?


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