Great Wine Dinners Around Town Every Week, Hosted By Tom Fitzmorris
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:39
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Impastato's, Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. $75.
The Spring Edition Of An Eat Club Favorite
Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m.
Metairie: 3400 16th St, behind the Morning Call. Map.
$75, inclusive of tax, tip, and wines, inclusive of dinner, tax, tip, and wines.
Even though the Eat Club has spent many evenings at Impastato's, our dinners there always draw a full house. The explanation is easy enough: terrific food, generously served, liberally poured wines of interest, and a very good time.
If you've never attended one of our dinners before, this one will be a good introduction. The food is down to earth and yet superb. It's also an excellent venue for showing up with another couple. We have more than the usual number of four-top tables available than we at most of our dinners. Invite some people you haven't dined with in awhile. Also, if you have young adults in your life, this is a terrific place for them to learn the ins and outs of first-class dining. The menu is very accessible. As always, singles are welcome, with our larger tables presenting a highly social evening.
Here's the menu, with wines paired with every course.
Marinated crab fingers, shrimp au gratin, and more
Wine: Avissi Prosecco Italian Sparkling
House-Made Fettuccine Alfredo And Angel Hair Asciutta
Paper-thin noodles with a sauce of cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese, and a light, spicy red sauce respectively
Wine: Echo Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Romaine And Tomato Salad
With the house Italian dressing
Fresh Gulf Fish Marianna
Whatever comes in that day (Joe buys great fish!) with artichokes, mushrooms, and a sherry and lemon butter sauce.
Wine: Folie A Deux Chardonnay
Pecan Smoked Filet Mignon
A substantial slice of filet of beef, smoked in house.
Wine: Folie A Deux Pinot Noir
Baby white veal medallions with artichokes, mushrooms, crabmeat and shrimp.
Wine: Charles & Charles Red Blend
Roast pork stuffed with bread crumbs, prosciutto, garlic and herbs, then roasted
Wine: Charles & Charles Red Blend
All The Desserts in the House
They'll bring them to the table, and you pick the one (or two) you like.
Wine: Terra D' Oro Moscato
Two more things: The menu is subject to change, but when that happes it always gets bigger and better. And Roy Picou will be vocalizing in the bar. I will join him after the dinner to drive out the remaining customers with my tribute to Frank Sinatra.
About The Eat Club
Eat Club events are open to everyone! Singles are as welcome as couples. Don't worry about being among strangers. About a third of the people at every dinner are first-timers, too, and you'll make friends with the others at your table quickly. Our dinners are convivial and unpretentious. We don't give speeches or long diatribes about the food or wines (just a little at the beginning). Just good food and wine.
The host is me--Tom Fitzmorris, host of The Food Show on 1350 AM radio, and the publisher of the New Orleans Menu Daily. I move around from table to table all night long so I can tell the same jokes over and over again. I hold these dinners as a service to diners and restaurateurs. The entire payment for the dinner goes to the restaurant--I get no part of it. I'm there for the fun and camaraderie.
Once you're reasonably sure you'll be there--and the number you'll be with--click Reserve. We usually sell out, so reserve early. If you need to cancel, please let me know no less than two days before the dinner. Please understand that I sometimes have to pay for no-shows out of my own pocket.
Unless otherwise noted, the prices include the complete dinner, tax, tip, and wine, but not cocktails. Cash will get you out faster, but credit cards are okay. At some dinners, we collect at the beginning just to speed things up at the end. Smoking is not permitted at Eat Club dinners.
If you've never been to one of our dinners before and are hesitant, please give it a try! You'll find a very sociable bunch of people, many of whom will also be first-timers. Singles (some of whom are married to too-busy spouses) are also always with us. We sit together at big tables, and share easy conversation as well as the wine and food. No gourmet pretensions or speeches; we're primarily interested in eating well and having a fun evening. The chefs and wine distributors give us unusually good work at attractive prices.
There isn't one. The wines are usually provided by a wine distributor or wholesaler, and we don't pay much (or anything) for them. But if you'd rather drink iced tea, go ahead! You won't be the only one.