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Victory Tavern City Grille.  Hosting a four-course dinner paired with the excellent wines of Ridge Vineyards. Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 – 6:30pm. $65 per guest. Details below.

Coast. Beginning Wednesday, September 9, those seeking lunch in Plano will have a new option as COAST, a noted seafood restaurant located in The Shops at Legacy, will open Monday through Saturday for lunch service from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. COAST also offers a weekly “Cocktail Cruise” from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. During this time, guests can enjoy $5 premium well martinis, select wines by the glass and the ever-popular COAST Frozen Hard Lemonade, a refreshing mix of tangy fresh-squeezed lemonade and premium vodka served in a glass rimmed with salt and crushed Lemonheads Candy. Chilled Sake is available for $3 per bottle. The “Cocktail Cruise” is the perfect time and place to enjoy COAST’s stunning view of the “dancing fountains” at The Shops at legacy.

Tramontana. Come taste the flavors of Paris, France, as you enjoy an evening of great food and wine created by Chef James Neel. The menu highlights his experiences from this summers R & D food trip. Four courses of cuisine from the heart will be paired with wines from the Louis Latour portfolio. Wine representatives will be on hand to speak and answer all your questions. 214-368-4188. And, yes, Chef James is receiving fresh Maryland soft shell crabs for this weekend. Details below.

Ferrari’s Flight! PatioParty at Ferrari’sFlight (attached to Ferrari’s Grapevine1400 William D. Tate #817-251-2525) is featuring a patio party on September 18 that will include $3.00 hand-crafted draft beer (brewed by Gavin Secchi), $5.00 Peach Nectar Bellini’s, $5.00 Italian sausage sandwiches, cooked on the outdoor wood-burning oven, and live music by Jet Poets, which is a band comprised of four men in the aviation business (pilots and flight attendants). The band begins at 8:00 PM and plays cover tunes spanning all genres.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Welcomes Balvenie to Dallas on September 18th. If you’re that Scotch Aficionado, this dinner is a must! “The Most Handcrafted Single Malt Scotch Whisky,” Balvenie, created by Malt Master David Steward, is a one-of-a kind. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional floor maltings and employs coopers to tend the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills. The Balvenie Scotch dinner on September 18th, $125 per person plus tax and gratuity, begins at 7:00p.m. Details and menu below.

Watters Creek.  Second Annual Taste Of Watters Creek Benefiting Meals On Wheels is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This signature event benefits Meals on Wheels and features delicious food from Watters Creek restaurants, plus wine and cocktail tastings.  Wine stewards and sommeliers will be on hand to educate guests about the 50 domestic and international wines available for complimentary tastings sponsored by Republic Beverage.  Taste of Watters Creek will feature wineries from California, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Details below.

Hotel St Germain. An  Evening With Julia. Friday, September 18 & Saturday, September 19, 2009. 7:00 p.m.$ 75 per person. Spend a glamorous evening at Hotel St Germain celebrating legendary culinary goddess: Julia Child. Chef Chad Martin has created an exquisite menu featuring recipes from her culinary bible, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We’ll kick off our celebration with passed hors d’oeuvres and Champagne followed by a sumptuous buffet supper, all from the repertoire of Julia herself.  Accompanying the divine menu will be Champagne and five French wines. The complete menu is below.

Victory Tavern Ridge Vineyards Winemaker Dinner Menu
Experience Ridge’s High Quality Award-Winning Wines
Paired with an Unforgettable Four Course Dinner
[ED NOTE: Mr. Draper’s recently injured his hip and Dan Buckler will take his place at the dinner.]
It doesn’t get much better than Ridge. Winemaker Paul Draper has been with Ridge since 1969 and is known as one of the “founding fathers” of California winemaking. He is known for his crafting of fine cabernets and chardonnays from Ridge’s premiere Monte Bello estate vineyards, and as a pioneer in the production of long-lived, complex zinfandels. Paul was recently presented with the James Beard Award for winemaking. And if you’ve heard of the 1976 Judgment of Paris, you know Ridge Vineyards was one of the wineries that beat out the French in a blind tasting of cabernet sauvignons that put California on the global wine map.
Victory Tavern City Grille has a hip, urban atmosphere and a lively menu of seasonally inspired dishes reflective of Chef Jim Oetting’s experience and sense of quality ingredients. The very reasonably priced offerings are unique to Victory Park, without compromising polished and friendly service.
1st Course
Roasted Monkfish
with Oranges, Fennel & Hazelnuts
2007 Chardonnay
Santa Cruz Mountains
Monte Bello Estate Vineyard
2nd Course
Colorado Lamb Sirloin
with Grilled Vegetable Israeli Couscous & Tomato Chimichurri
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains
3rd Course
Grilled Beef Short Rib
with Horseradish Turnip Gratin
2007 Zinfandel
Lytton Springs Vineyard
Dry Creek Valley
4th Course
Chocolate Zinfandel Cake
with White Chocolate Ganache & Honey Chambord Brittle
2007 Zinfandel
Ponzo Vineyard
Russian River Valley

Hope to see you all soon!
A Taste ofParis, France
Wine Dinner Tuesday- September 22, 2009
7:00 P.M.
Wild Mushroom Bisque w/ Foie Gras “Soufflé”
Crispy Gulf Shrimp en Croustillante w/  Espelette Aioli
Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut
Red Snapper Grillé with Leeks & Currants- Spinach Nage
Louis Latour Chardonnay Ardéche 2006
“Choux Farcie”- Local Succulent Pork in Savoy- Natural Glacé
Maison Henry Fessy Morgon 2007
Veal  Pot au Feu w/ Aromatics
Louis Latour Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 2006
Strawberry Chantilly “Toupé” Surprise

Produced in Speyside in the Scottish Highlands, the exceptional quality of The Balvenie Single Malt stems from its commitment to retain and nurture a high level of craftsmanship that other malt whisky producers no longer employ. Today the Balvenie Distillery produces a multi award-winning range of The Balvenie Single Malts, including The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old, The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old, The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old, The Balvenie Thirty and The Balvenie Cask 191 50 Year Old.  A rare, limited edition Vintage Cask, which is over 30 years old, is also bottled each year.  For further information visit

Andrew Wier, The Balvenie Ambassador, will join Pappas Bros. at this dinner. Weir’s screen debut came at the age of 13, playing the Young Hamish in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart.  After founding United Casting, one of Scotland’s leading agency for extras and background artists, Andrew went on to form one half of 3rd Degree Burns (with fellow Braveheart actor John Murtagh). Andrew then moved to New York in early 2005 serving as PR representative and US-wide Media Ambassador for VisitBritain. Today he works for William Grant & Sons as the west coast ambassador for The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky and is currently appearing as Robert Burns in a promotion for Homecoming 2009 on

Andrew, along with Pappas Bros. Master Sommelier, Barb Werley, will guide each guest through the four courses. Each variant, perfectly paired by Executive Chef James Johnson, will have a unique taste but will still maintain the recognizable undertones of the distinctively rich, smooth and honeyed character of The Balvenie. Executive Chef James Johnson touts, “While this is not our typical wine dinner menu, it is a dinner that will be spectacular!” The Balvenie Menu will include:

First Course
Scotch Cured Salmon horseradish crème frâiche
ResSalmon – BV 15yr Single Barrel

Second Course
Roasted saddle of RABBITwhite beans, braised mushrooms
BV 17yr

Third Course
PRIME STRIP LOIN blue cheese soufflé, haricort vert, roasted tomato, au jus
BV12 yr Doublewood

Dessert Course
Chocolate HO HO chocolate malted shake
21yr Portwood

Guests will enjoy a casual, leisurely evening on The Green while sampling an international menu including appetizers, main courses and delectable desserts as well as complimentary tastings of premium wines and spirits including Texas-made vodka, Dripping Springs, named the world’s purest vodka.  Dripping Springs Vodka master distiller will be available for bottle signings.

Enjoy live music from the Texas Gypsies on The Green and bid on items from Watters Creek retailers and restaurants in a silent auction benefiting Meals on Wheels.

Each attendee will receive a VIP bag with wine glass, program and offers from Watters Creek retailers and restaurants.  Your ticket automatically enters you into a drawing for prize packages to be given away at the event.

The evenings appetizers, main courses and desserts will be provided by Borders, Brio Tuscan Grille, Crú – A Wine Bar, Grimaldi’s Pizza, Market Street, Mi Cocina, Paciugo, P.F. Chang’s, Terra Café, The Cheesecake Factory, Woodlands Grill, Potbelly Sandwich Works, The Blue Fish and Village Burger Bar.

Thursday, September 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are limited and go on sale to the public August 10.  Specially priced tickets available ONLY at Market Street Customer Service Counter for $55 per person and $95 a couple, while supplies last.  Full priced tickets are $60 per person and $100 per couple and are available online at or at the Watters Creek Concierge.  Net proceeds to benefit Collin County Meals on Wheels.  Must be 21 to attend.

The Blue Fish – California Roll, Sundae Tempura Shrimp & Crabmeat Roll, Tuna Taco, Mini Ahi Towers
Borders – Chocolate Caramel Coffeecake, Pumpkin Loaf, Henry Blend Coffee, Hazelnut Toffee Mocha
Brio Tuscan Grille – Chicken Fra Diavolo, Tiramisu
The Cheesecake Factory – Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Shrimp & Veggie), Jambalaya over Rice
Cru – A Wine Bar – Moroccan Style Meatballs, Taleggio Cheese Paninis with White Truffle Oil, Miniature Dessert Assortment, Mini Crème Brulee
Market Street – Ginger – Cilantro Park Loin with Spicy Plum Sauce, Corn Griddle Cakes, Rebel Bars
Mi Cocina – Quesadillas de Brisket, Enchiladas Verde, Queso, Salsa & Chips
Paciugo – Mini Gelato Cones
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria – Antipasto, Mini Cannoli
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro – Almond Cashew Chicken, White or Brown Rice, Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Potbelly Sandwich Works – Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies
Terra Café – Greek Salad, Hummus with Pita Bread, Chicken Shish Kabobs over Rice
Village Burger Bar – Grilled Buffalo Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato Fries, Chocolate Brownie Bite, Village Spike Lemonade
Woodlands Grill – Brisket Sliders

Located in the heart of Watters Creek Watters on The Green.
Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is located at 970 Garden Park Drive (U.S. 75 and Bethany Drive) in Allen, Texas.  For more information call 972.747.8000 x 112 or visit

Hotel St. Germain.
Have your photo taken with our own life-size Julia; enjoy watching DVD’s of her original “French Chef” programs and maybe even win a first edition copy of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”
$75 per person not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
Please call 214-871-2516 for reservations or more information.

Hors d’oeuvres
Galettes au Camembert
Camembert Biscuits
Croquettes Fondue de Crustacés
Lobster Cream Filling

Buffet Supper
Moules à la Marnière
Fresh Mussels Steamed in Wine and Herbs

Boeuf Bourguignon, Petite Pois à µ Anglaise
Beef Stewed in Red Wine, with Bacon, Onions, and Mushrooms

Pâté de Canard en Croûte, Céleris Braisés
Pork and Veal-Stuffed Duck Baked in a Pastry Crust with Braised Celery

Filets de Sole Sauce Homard, Julienne Vegetables
Filets of Sole Poached in Court Bouillon with Lobster Sauce and Julienne Vegetables

Rabbit Pate with Charcuterie Accompaniments
cornichon, pearl onions, mustards, capers, stewed peppers, olives, fried toast points

Champignons Sautés au Beurre
Mushrooms Sauteed with Garlic and Herbs, Toasted Bread Crumbs

Steamed Asparagus with Sauce Maltaise
orange-flavored hollandaise

Eggplant Casserole with Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers and Zucchini

Endives Gratineés
Endives Gratineed with Cheese

La Tarte Des Demoiselles Tatin au Creme Anglaise
Upside-down Apple Tart

Cherry Flan

Crème Plombières Pralinée
Caramel Almond Cream-custard filling with crushed pralines

Gâteau de Crêpes à la Normande
Mound of Crêpes with Apples, Flambé

Tart au Crème Plombières au Chocolat
Chocolate Cream Pie

2007 Cherrier Sancerre*
2007 Boillot Rully 1er Cru*
2005 Girardin Santenay Villages Charmes*
1998 Château Simard-Saint Emilion*
Muscat Rivesaltes.