Perry’s Steak House: Perfect Menu Pairings

There are so many reasons to celebrate in the month of February. You could either be celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, or Black History Month. No matter what you are celebrating Perry’s Steak House has a team of professional Sommeliers to help you pick the perfect wines to pair with your meals. If you’re anything like me and don’t know much about wines but, want to impress the people you are with you can always call ahead and speak to a sommelier. They can help you with the basics of wine so that when you get to the restaurant you can blow your guests away with your new found knowledge of wines as you order your meals.

Photo Credit: Kurman

Photo Credit: Kurman

I was fortunate to interview Susi, Perry’s Head Sommelier based in Texas. Keep reading to see what her responses were to my questions on wines.

Josephine: Which wines are the most popular dessert wines?
Susi: Our most popular dessert wines are the Tawny Port or the Madeira which goes
very well with our Banana Foster dessert or the Nutty De Angelo.

Photo Credit: Kurman

Photo Credit: Kurman

J: How do you determine which dessert wines to recommend to your guests?
S: It depends on the type of dessert the guests chooses. If they choose a crème brûlée or ice cream we tend to recommend our Tawny Port which is aged in a barrel for 10 to 20 yrs. The grapes for these wines are late harvest. However Tawny Port wines are never a match for chocolate desserts. If our guest are having chocolate for dessert we recommend a Ruby Port which is a late vintage wine.

J: What’s the difference between table wine and a dessert wine?
S: The difference between a table wine and a dessert wine is the length the grapes stay on the vines. For example, the Berringer Nightngale, the grapes stay on the vine longer. This process allows the grapes to create a distinct flavor in the wine and has a freshness on the finish.

J: Which wines would you pair with the different dishes on the menu?

S: For seafood dishes I would recommend a Chardonnay. With Oysters a Sauvignon Blanc, Chicken- a Pinot Noir or a Chardonnay, NY strip heavy Merlot or Chianti, Filet Mignon, Rib eye- Boudreaux or a Cabernet, and for a Chop a Pinot or a Zinfandel.

Photo Credit: Kurman

Photo Credit: Kurman

J: Would you suggest wines for each course?

S: If the guest is interested in having a different wine pairing for each course I would recommend a Sparkling or white wine with appetizers like our Perry Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines for steaks and then either a Tokay or Madeira wine for dessert.

MORA Asian Kitchen, Come For The Sushi But Stay For Everything

mora 7 When we hear sushi, we may start to salivate just a tad.  Sushi is a food that we have loved to eat since we lived in the outskirts of Seattle.  There is nothing more delicate than thinly sliced fresh fish.  Paired with vegetables and perfectly seasoned rice and you have an addictive taste.  So, of course we had to taste what MORA Asian Kitchen had to offer. 

mora 5 The sushi is delectable. With a lot of stylings featuring truffles as well as the most impressive veggie roll.  To be honest, most vegetarian rolls are something that seem to be an afterthought, but this roll is not only beautiful but also had us wishing it were larger.  Our tuna and salmon cravings were sated, but the real standouts are the unique pairings.  Like the Truffle Shuffle (pictured at the top) which packed a hard punch of umami.  Along with the Drunken Crab which offered up a moist morsel of  blue crab, salmon and bourbon sriracha.  Not to forget the Mexican Standoff which is topped with pico de gallo. 

mora 1 To be honest, when you go to a restaurant that offers sushi, we don’t expect anything else to grab our attention.  After all we love sushi, we will drive out of our way for great sushi.  So, we were shocked when we couldn’t stop devouring the brussel sprout and kale salad along with the king mushrooms.  To be honest, at the end we were a little more invested in all the plates without sushi because we wouldn’t be able to get those dishes anywhere else.  Granted the sushi works on its own, but we can get by with simple nigiri.  However, we cannot find lumpia, king mushrooms, or Korean style skirt steak easily anywhere else.   mora 6

You can also find a good variety of teas.  Including chrysanthemum which is hard to find outside of Chinatown, but now you can find it at the Bolingbrook Promenade.  We tried a large portion of their menu, I’ve learned to not endlessly list everything.  However, there is something for everyone from the sushi lovers to the more standard steak and potato lovers.  So, if you are looking for standout sushi when your friends and family aren’t as keen, then MORA Asian Kitchen is the place for you.  There are vegetarian, gluten-free, and kid friendly options all on the same menu.  Relax and enjoy all the flavors they have to offer.   

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