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Ruth’s Chris Partners with Two American-Made Brands to Deliver July’s TasteMaker Dinner

  • 7/8/19

The Federalist Wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are featured in leading steak house’s exclusive American dining experience

WINTER PARK, Fla., July 8, 2019 – Just in time to kick of summer, Ruth’s Chris Steak House features two American-owned and made brands to celebrate delicious food and great drinks. As part of the Ruth’s Chris TasteMaker Dinner series, The Federalist Wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are part of the exclusive five-course dining experience. Through this thoughtfully curated menu, guests will experience refreshing cocktails, hand-selected wines, and exquisite food that makes this the perfect traditional American outing.


“Summer is about relaxing with family and friends around a table full of food and drinks that elevate the experience. This menu comes from the inspiration of the traditional American summer outing,” said Abdiel Aleman, Vice President of Culinary Development for Ruth's Chris Steak House. “The flavors of watermelon, pomegranate, chicken, steak and seafood are all familiar, but we put a spin on them to bring the flavors out in each and complement The Federalist Wines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails.”


The five-course dinner starts off light with Tito’s Texas Spritz Cocktail made with vodka, Tuaca, lemon, and prosecco, and a fresh arugula and watermelon salad. The third course features an American favorite, a Barbecued King Salmon paired with a rich Cabernet Sauvignon from The Federalist Wines. The main course of Filet Mignon is served with char onion jam, and traditionally paired with, the Dueling Pistols Dry Creek Red Blend. To conclude the dinner, Tito’s Lone Star Joe is a dessert in itself with vodka, Kahlua, banana, coffee, and Angostura bitters. The dessert cocktail pairing is a Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee with caramelized bananas, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream.


"We’re excited to be a part of the Ruth’s Chris National American Craft TasteMaker event," said Brian Petroccio, Customer Marketing Manager at Tito's Handmade Vodka. "We look forward to sharing the Tito's Handmade Vodka story with participating customers over exceptional food and drink."


Tito’s Handmade Vodka and The Federalist Wines are a natural fit for Ruth’s Chris, the classic American steak house. The Tito’s Handmade Vodka journey began in Austin, TX with its founder, Tito Beveridge, experimenting with different recipes. Today, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is one of the smoothest spirits available. The Federalist Wines set out to create wines as big and bold as the founding fathers themselves. They began with the flagship Visionary Zinfandel featuring the man who pioneered The Federalist Party, Alexander Hamilton. The wines have expanded to include a chardonnay featuring the Statue of Liberty, a cabernet sauvignon featuring Ben Franklin, a zinfandel featuring George Washington and a red blend featuring Abraham Lincoln.


"We are pleased and proud to partner with Ruth Chris and Tito's Handmade Vodka on this fantastic American Craft TasteMaker Dinner series. The Terlato family has been associated with high quality iconic wines for four generations, and we are thrilled to be teaming up with big, bold brands that share the same legacy and attention to craftsmanship,” said Megan Ward, VP of Marketing at Terlato Wines representing The Federalist Wines. “Together, we look forward to offering a five-course dinner of distinct American influence paired perfectly with refreshing cocktails and uncompromised American craft wines, like the Federalist and Dueling Pistols."


The American Craft TasteMaker dinner is an ode to summer offered in Ruth’s Chris style with unparalleled service and exquisite fare.


To learn more about Ruth’s Chris Steak House and the TasteMaker dinners, please visit Check with your local Ruth’s Chris Steak House for the date and time of the dinner nearest you. Seating for each dinner is limited, so guests are encouraged to plan in advance. The remaining wineries in Ruth’s 2019 TasteMaker Dinners series include:                          


August                  Veuve Clicquot


October                Caymus Vineyards


November          Stags’ Leap Winery



Ruth's Chris Steak House was founded by Ruth Fertel over 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 150 restaurant locations around the globe. Ruth's Chris remains true to its heritage, helping guests make their best memories on 500-degree sizzling plates. Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is how it's done.



Tito’s Handmade Vodka is America’s Original Craft Vodka. In 1997, Bert “Tito” Beveridge, now a 50-something geophysicist, obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s distills its corn-based vodka using old-fashioned pot stills and the vodka is naturally Gluten-Free. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, Texas, and is available in Liter, 1.75L,750ml, 375ml, 200ml and 50ml sizes. For more information, visit



The Federalist Wines were created to pay homage to our Founding Fathers. Bold leaders of principle, whose pioneering spirit helped make the United States the great country it is today. The Federalist captures the revolutionary spirit of our founding fathers, robust wines that proudly break the typical evening routine. Terlato Wines launched The Federalist in 2010 and the portfolio includes two types of zinfandels, a cabernet sauvignon, a chardonnay, a red blend, a Texas red blend, a bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel and its latest varietal, the 2016 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Red Blend. Each wine’s label features a different image as a tribute to our country’s founding fathers, our dedication to American Craft and a special nod to Lady Liberty.  Produced in some of America's most esteemed regions, we invite you to experience why our entire collection is worthy of their memory. Big, bold & uncompromising. This is American Craft Wine™.  To learn more visit us at . Follow The Federalist on Facebook at @TheFederalistWines, and also on Instagram at @FederalistWines.




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