Friday, October 19, 2018

Ruth's Chris Tastemaker Dinner

Last evening, J and I attended a tastemaker dinner at Ruth's Chris on Fulton Street. The event featured a 5-course meal with wine pairings by Stag's Leap Wine Cellar. It was so delicious.



A tastemaker doesn’t play by the rules. They make their own. Going beyond what’s expected. Daring to pair red meat with white wine. Held on six special nights at Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses across the country, our TasteMaker Dinners pair our finest with today’s tastemakers of wine.


First Course
Scallop Ceviche
Sea Scallops, Cayenne Citrus
Paired With
Sauvignon Blanc, “Aveta”, Napa Valley, California


Second Course
Jambalaya Risotto
Cajun Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, Red Pepper Coulis
Paired With
Chardonnay, “Karia”, Napa Valley, California
Short Rib Ravioli
Braised Beef Short Ribs, Shaved Parmesan, Jus Reduction
Paired With

Cabernet Sauvignon, “Artemis”, Napa Valley, California


Third Course
Short Rib Ravioli
Braised Beef Short Ribs, Shaved Parmesan, Jus Reduction
Paired With

Cabernet Sauvignon, “Artemis”, Napa Valley, California



Foutth Course
Coffee Rubbed New York Strip
Cremini Demi-Glace
Paired With  
Cabernet Sauvignon, “Fay”, Napa Valley, California
AccompanimentsSweet Potato Gratin
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Dried Cherrie



Fifth Course
Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Spiced Whipped Cream, Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Paired With

Coffee & Tea


We’re topping off our TasteMaker Dinners series with a five-course pairing featuring another storied winery out of Napa Valley. On May 24, 1976, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars made history when their 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon placed first in the Judgment of Paris blind wine tasting, besting four top-ranked Bordeaux and forever changing the way the world viewed California wine. Today, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate, producing high-quality and collectible wines that continue to rival the Cabernets of Bordeaux.

Don’t miss your chance to try four incredible wines with this iconic winery. A crisp Sauvignon Blanc, a medium-bodied Chardonnay and their two Cabernet Sauvignons, Artemis and Fay were rightfully chosen alongside five delectable Ruth’s Chris courses. 


I can honestly say the company, the dinner, and the wine were excellent. I cannot wait to do this again.

                                 Tastemaker Dinner, y'all!


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Petunias Poppin'

Finally, we are experiencing some more comfortable weather in south Louisiana, and my petunias are poppin'. I hope the temperatures remain cooler, and we can experience a Fall season.





Thanks to Chase's Landscape Services for returning to replant the petunias after the first batch did not make it due to the record heat we received in early October.

Poppin' Petunias, y'all!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pheasant Painting

One of my most cherished possessions is a gift I received from my "niece" Lucy for my 50th birthday. I finally had it framed by Old Estate in Thibodaux, and it sits atop the buffet in the sunroom. You may have noticed the art piece in earlier posts of the sunroom. The painting goes well with all of the other bird art in the room.




She knows that I am not a hunter but love the pheasant and the colors it displays. Her painting was completed in an art class, and I was lucky to receive such a thoughtful, unique gift. Thanks, Lucy!




Pheasant art, y'all!
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