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  • Orlando, FL
  • Ruth's Hospitality Group
  • 5/26/15

Ruth’s Chris Steak House to Pay Tribute to Founder Ruth Fertel During Golden Anniversary Wine Dinner on June 11. Guests Can Dine Like the Ultimate Steak Expert, Ruth Fertel, at the Five-Course Pairing Dinner.

As part of its 50th Anniversary dinner series, Ruth’s Chris Steak House will honor and pay tribute to founder Ruth Fertel at the “50th Anniversary Wine Dinner” on June 11 at 100 locations across the U.S.

As part of the tribute, guests will get a glimpse into the history of Ruth’s Chris Steak House and its founder, Ruth Fertel, who as a single mother mortgaged her home in 1965 to purchase Chris’ Steak House in New Orleans. The memorable evening will take guests on a culinary journey inspired by the ultimate steak expert, Ruth Fertel. Experience some of Ruth’s favorites starting with a twist on her favorite cocktail, the Old Fashioned and ending with her favorite dessert, a classic crème brulee.

“We invite guests to join us for an incredible evening and to dine like Ruth as we serve her favorites alongside California wines and New Orleans-style cocktails. We’ll share the rich history behind this legendary woman who encapsulated the American Dream and gave us the Steak House as we know it today,” said Michael O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer for Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

To add insight into the menu pairings and uniqueness to the evening, beverage experts will host each dinner. Special guests Janet Myers, Director of Winemaking and General Manager of Franciscan Estate; Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo, Founder of Casa Noble Tequila and Tom Gore, Grape Farmer and Vineyard Manager of Tom Gore Vineyards will attend and co-host the dinner in San Francisco.

The featured pairing menu, inspired by Ruth’s favorites, includes:

  • Appetizer - New Orleans Shrimp & Grits paired with The Old Fashioned with a Twist featuring Casa Noble Anejo Tequila.
  • Salad - Fresh Mozzarella & Kumato Tomato Salad paired with Franciscan Estate, Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley.
  • Soup - Ruth’s Original French Onion Soup with Savory Aged Swiss & Herb Pastry paired with Tom Gore Vineyards, Field Blend, Alexander Valley.
  • Entrée - USDA Prime New York Strip, our Founder’s Favorite, served sizzling paired with Robert Mondavi Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa Valley Accompaniments include: Potatoes Au Gratin and Creamed Spinach.
  • Dessert - Classic Crème Brulee paired with Robert Mondavi Winery, Moscato d’Oro, Napa Valley.

Wine dinner pricing, times and dates vary by market with an average price of $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required for this event. For a complete list of participating restaurants, and to make reservations, visit:

Guests attending the “50th Anniversary Wine Dinner” are invited to share their experiences at #ThisIsHowItsDone.

About Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House was founded by Ruth Fertel 50 years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ruth had a recipe for everything – from how to prepare her signature sizzling steaks to how to treat her guests. This timeless formula is a testament to how one neighborhood eatery has become the largest collection of upscale steak houses in the world, with more than 140 restaurant locations around the globe. Ruth’s Chris remains true to its heritage, helping guests make their best memories on 500-degree sizzling plates. This is how it’s done at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

About Casa Noble Tequila

Casa Noble traces its roots back to 1776, through seven generations of tequila making. The estate includes 650 hectares of the renowned Jalisco hills region in Tequila, Mexico. Our tequila is crafted using only carefully selected, mature, single-estate blue agave and traditional processes, like cooking the agave in a stone oven for 38 hours. We use all-natural cultivation methods and are proud to bear the USDA Organic Certification.

About Franciscan Estate

Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Franciscan Estate is one of California’s most loved and respected wineries. Franciscan Estate’s rich, 40-year history has been shaped by an artisanal approach to winemaking-blending only the best from hundreds of lots to craft fine wines that fully express the classic varieties and their vineyard origins. The winery’s prized vineyards include 240 acres within the renowned Oakville AVA. Sourcing from Napa Valley’s more cooler growing regions, and the time-honored tradition of small-lot winemaking, are the foundation of Franciscan Estate’s style: rich, vibrant flavors and supple texture. Franciscan Estate’s catalogue of wines includes Magnificat, a trail-blazing red wine blend of classic Bordeaux varietals, and Cuvee Sauvage, the first Napa Valley Chardonnay to revive the lost art of wild fermentation.

About Tom Gore Vineyards

Tom Gore Vineyards is the first wine named for a grape farmer, California native Tom Gore. Tom began tending vines with his father, a grape farmer for many of Northern California’s prestigious wineries, at the early age of seven. Newly introduced to consumers in April 2015, Tom Gore Vineyards’ wines tell the story of the land, the growing season and the complexities of how growing grapes impacts the finished wines, from field-to-bottle.

About Robert Mondavi Winery

Founded in 1966 by winemaking pioneer and icon Robert Mondavi, the winery that bears his name is an enduring presence and shining symbol of California’s Napa Valley. The first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery created the foundation for the modern-day California wine industry. An ardent believer that wines should reflect their origins, Mr. Mondavi charted a winemaking course that is now legendary. Today, Robert Mondavi Winery continues to pursue the fullest expression of the terroir of Napa Valley in wines that are also varietally authentic. At the heart and soul of the Robert Mondavi Winery is the To Kalon Vineyard, a 440-acre parcel of exceptional provenance that contributes to the winery’s Napa Valley, Oakville District, To Kalon vineyard-designated and Reserve wine programs. The site famously includes the five-acre I Block. Planted in 1945, it is believed to be the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the New World.

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