Monday, June 8, 2009

Maxwell's at the Club hosts Al Fresco Wine Tasting Dinner June 26

Just in time for summer's grilling season, Maxwell's at the Club (500 N. Kingsbury St.; 312-527-5800, Ext. 301) is hosting an al fresco wine tasting dinner 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 26. For $35 each, guests will feast on Maxwell's favorite summer fare paired with hand selected seasonal wines.

The menu has been designed especially for this event by East Bank Club's executive sous chef and Maxwell's at the Club head chef, Rick Hall. General manager, Charles Reid, worked with Chef Hall to select wines that would best pair with dishes in each of the menu's four stations.

The first station includes Baba Ganoush with grilled pita; Lemon-Oregano Chicken Brochettes; Roasted Potatoes; and Grilled Summer Vegetable Skewers. The second station features Crostini with grilled tomatoes and fontina; Roasted Mussels; Planked Salmon; and Heirloom Tomato Salad with balsamic glaze. The third station has a Spanish theme with Southwestern Flank Steak, pico de gallo and grilled tortillas; Roasted Cauliflower; and Grilled Corn with chipotle-lime butter. The final station includes desserts like Grilled Peaches with raspberry sauce; Mini Apple Pies; and Mini Strawberry-Blueberry Shortcakes.

"We've selected a number of seasonal wines that complement the meal that Chef Hall has put together," says Reid. "We're also featuring favorite wines from Maxwell's current wine list, as well as introducing new wines that are not on the list."

Wines that have been selected for the al fresco dinner include an Alvarinho, 2007 from Portugal; and a Garnacha Rose, 2007 and Monticello, Crianza, 2004 from Spain to pair with the Spanish course. Reid has also selected Sacred Hill, Sauvignon Blanc, 2007 from New Zealand; Veramonte, Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva, 2008 from Chile; and Sonoma-Cutrer, Chardonnay, 2007 from California. Red selections include La Crèma, Pinot Noir, 2006 from California; Yangarra, Shiraz, 2006 from Australia; Rodano, Chianti Classico, 2004 from Italy. Dessert wine for the evening is Mosca Bianca Moscato d'Asti, 2007. These wines normally range $20 to $36 per bottle. from

Chefs will be on-hand at the event to answer questions and offer grilling tips to guests. Reservations for the event, which is held at Maxwell's at the Club and its nearby outdoor terrace overlooking the Chicago River, can be made by calling Maxwell's at the Club at (312) 527-5800, Ext. 301.

Maxwell's at the Club is located in Chicago's East Bank Club (500 N. Kingsbury St., 312-527-5800, Ext. 301). It is open for weekdays for lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. for dinner. The bar/lounge area is open 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Valet parking is available across the street. For more information, please visit or

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