Ruth's Chris Steak House Celebrates its New Orleans Heritage with Hand-Crafted Cocktail Dinner National Pairing Dinner to Feature Ruth's Chris Signature Cuisine and Hand-Crafted Cocktails Featuring the Spirits of William Grant & Sons and Remy Cointreau USA

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On August 22, 80 Ruth's Chris Steak House locations will celebrate their New Orleans heritage with a five-course "Hand-Crafted Cocktail" dinner.

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"America is the birthplace of the cocktail and New Orleans, our birth city, is one of the most important original cocktail cities. It is only fitting that we host a national dinner pairing vintage, hand-crafted cocktails and share the stories and legends behind the drinks that we have perfectly paired with five courses," said Helen Mackey, Senior Director of Menu Strategy for Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Guests will be greeted with a warm, virtual welcome by award-winning, world renowned mixologists Charlotte Voisey and Kyle Ford. Both are brand ambassadors who travel the world creating cocktails and discussing beverage trends for their respective companies, William Grant (Voisey) and Remy Cointreau USA (Ford). The two have created a video including tips on what makes a great cocktail pairing, as well as some history behind the featured cocktails, to share with guests at the dinner.

"Both Ruth's Chris and classic cocktails have roots in New Orleans. Now the two combine in a deliciously orchestrated hand-crafted cocktail paired dinner which the spirits of William Grant & Sons are thrilled to be a part of," said Charlotte Voisey, Portfolio Ambassador for William Grant & Sons.

"Just like an expertly prepared dish, a cocktail can only be as great as its ingredients. Remy Cointreau is excited to offer their fine portfolio of spirits to the hand-crafted cocktails being paired with the legendary cuisine of Ruth's Chris Steak House. A thoughtful match for an extraordinary evening," said Kyle Ford, Cocktail and Spirits Expert for Remy Cointreau USA.

The featured menu includes:

-First Course: Ahi Tuna Stack Ahi poke, mango, avocado, tomato, wonton crisps, wasabi creme fraiche paired with French Quarter 75 featuring Hendrick's Gin and Piper Sonoma Blanc de Blancs

-Second Course: Summer Melon Salad honeydew & cantaloupe, crispy prosciutto, spring mix, citrus champagne vinaigrette paired with Ruby Red Grapefruit & Basil Martini featuring Reyka Vodka

-Third Course: Seared Scallops Rockefeller flakey puff pastry, creamed spinach, crisp bacon, bearnaise sauce paired with Blackberry Sidecar featuring Remy Martin V.S.O.P, Cointreau, lemon juice, and muddled blackberries

-Fourth Course: Sizzling Filet Mignon & Crab Cake served with pecan crusted sweet potato casserole paired with Apricot Sour featuring Hudson Baby Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and apricot preserves

-Fifth Course: Coconut-Pineapple Bread Pudding spiced rum creme anglaise, raspberry sauce paired with Mount Gay Iced Coffee prepared with Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, dark roast coffee, fresh cream, and a dash of nutmeg

Pricing for the "Hand-Crafted Cocktail" dinner varies by market with an average price of $85 per person. For a complete list of participating restaurants and to make reservations, visit http://www.ruthschris.com/promotions/cocktaildinner/.

About Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc. is the largest upscale steak house company in the world, with over 130 restaurant locations around the globe. Founded in New Orleans by Ruth Fertel in 1965, Ruth's Chris specializes in USDA Prime grade steaks served in Ruth's Chris signature fashion ... "sizzling."  Look for upcoming national wine dinners at www.ruthschris.com.

About Ruth's Hospitality Group

Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUTH) is a leading restaurant company focused on the upscale dining segment. The Company owns the Ruth's Chris Steak House, Mitchell's Fish Market, Mitchell's Steakhouse and Cameron's Steakhouse concepts. With more than 150 company- and franchisee-owned locations worldwide, Ruth's Hospitality Group was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Winter Park, Florida.

About Rémy Cointreau USA

Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rémy Cointreau Group, which is headquartered in France, and is one of the world's leading wines and spirits groups with brands whose origins date back as early as 1703. Established in 1981, Rémy Cointreau USA has amassed a prestigious portfolio of luxury wines and spirits while developing a reputation for excellence and premium expertise among its distributors and customers.

Expanding on over 300 years of strategic and visionary choices, Rémy Cointreau USA remains loyal to their heritage by providing the highest quality products made from only the finest ingredients. Our exclusive portfolio of brands offers the most discerning consumers an unparalleled array of flavors and premium experiences. Exclusive brands include Rémy Martin® Cognac est. 1724, Cointreau® Liqueur est. 1849, Mount Gay® Rum since 1703, Metaxa® Greek Liqueurs est. 1888, The Macallan® Scotch Whisky est. 1824, The Famous Grouse® Scotch Whisky est. 1896, Highland Park® Scotch Whisky est. 1789, Brugal® Rum est. 1888, Champagne Piper-Heidsieck® est. 1785, Champagne Charles Heidsieck® est. 1851, BearBoat® Wines est. 1995 and Piper Sonoma® Sparkling Wines est. 1980. For more information, visit our parent company at www.remy-cointreau.com.

About William Grant & Sons, Inc.

William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world's third largest blended Scotch Grant's® along with iconic premium spirits brands Hendrick's® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Milagro® Tequila.

William Grant & Sons has been honored as "Distiller of the Year" by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge nine times over the past 14 years, and most recently by Whisky Advocate in 2013.

Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick's Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Stolichnaya Vodka, Grant's, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson's Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Montelobos Mezcal, Lillet, Art In The Age, The Knot, and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.grantusa.com.

SOURCE Ruth's Chris Steak House



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