Wednesday, April 2, 2008

April Wine Dinner in Southaven

The Wine Dinner this month took on an International flair where we paired wines from France, California, Italy, and Australia with some truly delicious entree selections. We began with Coquilles Ste Jacques with the 2005 Louis Jadot "Pouilly-Fuisse". The second course was a California Cheddar and Apple salad with a 2006 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Chardonnay. The third course was a zesty Petite Smoked Chicken Cannelloni with a just as spicy 2005 Da Vinci Chianti. We ended the dinner with one of my specialties, Sun Dried Cherry Stuffed Pork Loin paired with a 2005 Wishing Tree Shiraz. It was another wonderful dinner where good friends always find great food and wine.

Taste Of Desoto

The Fourth Annual Tim Mote Taste of Desoto was another very successful event for my staff in Southaven. We worked long hours to bring together a wonderful menu with selections of Mesquite Grilled Bison Tenderloin, Hickory Smoked Quail, Sold Smoked Salmon Bruchetta, and Petite Strawberries & Sweet Cream. Our efforts were acknowledged when we received awards for "Tastiest Food" and the coveted "Best of Show". This was our third year to participate and the third consecutive year to bring Top Honors back to the Mesquite Chop House. Thank you to all of Desoto County who came out and supported us.

March 26 Downtown Wine Tasting

The March 26 Mesquite Chop House Downtown Wine Tasting was our best yet. We had a combination of newbies and veterans this time around and the conversation was lively.

Our wine tastings are always fun, educational, and delicious for patrons and staff alike, but Downtown we are noticing an unanticipated phenomena. Downtowners who are strangers to one another when they arrive are leaving as friends and business contacts. That is a great thing to see as more and more folks move into the Downtown core.

Now…the photos!

Here is a great shot of the group with glasses at the ready. Four incredible food courses paired with four exquisite wonder they are smiling.

Pictured below is wine expert John Arnold of Victor L. Robilio Co., Inc. We greatly appreciate Robilio Co. and John working with our chefs to create our pairings. Never at a loss for words, John is an animated and knowlegeble sommelier.

Bobby and Tracy Hoard

Marquise and Jahari Dowdy

Steve and Jane O'Mell

Alan and Linda Lu Hargraves

We look forward to seeing everyone again for the April Wine Tasting at the Downtown location on April 30. Chef Marcus Lockett and John Arnold will have another excellent multi-course wine pairing planned soon. Check back here for details.