I hope you'll join me this week in supporting local restaurants and Second Harvest of East Tennessee during . Restaurant Week. Here's the deal.
Make a reservation at one of the participating restaurants offering pre fixe menus for $25 or $35. $5 of each meal goes to Second Harvest.
We seem to have started a Restaurant Week tradition. Last year and this year we started the week with friends Cynthia Moxley and Alan Carmichael at Ruth's Chris Steak House. It's an ideal location--after eating three courses and having a couple of glasses of wine, we walk home from the waterfront, burning some calories (we hope!) along the way.
I hope these photos inspire you to go to the restaurant week website and check out the menus at all the participating restaurants. Call and make your reservations now.
Wine is not included in any of the pre fixe meals, but at Ruth's Chris, if you selected either a glass of Alamos Malbec (our choice) or Nine Vines Moscato for $9, then $1 for each glass was donated to Second Harvest. Cheers!
For my first course, I ordered the white bean and chorizo soup.
Cynthia had the lobster bisque.
Bill and Alan upgraded (some restaurants permit this) for a minimal charge to spinach and pear salad instead of having caesar salad.
We all ordered filet (medium rare) and shrimp. It was perfectly cooked.
Four side dishes + four diners = the way to go: mushrooms, butternut squash (another upgrade), mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach.
The dessert was fabulous--chocolate cheesecake and fresh berries with cream sauce. You're going to have to take my word for that because by the time I remembered to take a photo, every dessert plate was scraped clean. On the way out, you can help yourself to some Ruth's Chris mints.
A great meal for a great cause. That's what we're having.