A Top Drawer Celebratory Dinner

We rarely go out to dinner any more & when we do, it is for a special occasion. Last night's celebratory dinner was an outstanding meal at Lolo's Table in Downtown Memphis. The occasion, La getting her practicum at school & her halfway point of graduate school.

It was Wednesday Wine Night & they were offering 4 wines at $12 a bottle or $4 a glass. An unheard of deal, especially at a nice downtown eatery. We started with the Lolo Plate & a bottle of '02 Folonari Merlot-Sangiovese. The wine was fabulous. La said she could smell it as soon as it was poured, as could I. It was thick & dark, enticing us to take a sip. I expected it to be too acidic for my taste, like most (I haven't tried a lot) Italian reds I have tried. This wine was perfectly balanced & loaded with rich, dark berry flavors offset by a lively acidity that kept things interesting. It was a great match for our plate of cappicola ham, salami, olives, roasted peppers, crostini & parmesan cheese that comprised the Lolo Plate.

We were off to a great start. Our waiter gave us plenty of time to finish up our first round, chat & wet our appetites. This was a nice change. We have found that even in more upscale joints, that the waitstaff try & turn a table over as quick as the can like they were trained at the Applebee's school of food service. We like to dine & not eat, so this was very pleasing to us.

Finally when it was time for entrees, our waiter appeared at the perfect moment. La ordered the trout with basil brown butter & I had the flash fried duck with black cherry sauce. The merlot-sangiovese was a nice compliment to the black cherry sauce & the rich duck. La ordered a glass of the steen-chenin blanc to go with her trout. I could tell without asking, she was enjoying it.

It was a great evening, with great food, great wine and even better company. The trifecta for a happy life.

EDIT--->Wow, I can't believe I didn't E-brag! We were also celebrating La getting all A's! How could I forget?!?


  • At 4:04 PM, Blogger Maureen said…

    Wow! $12 for a bottle of wine? Can't beat that. Sounds like a great night. Thanks for sharing!


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