ORLANDO, Fla., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 13, just prior to Father's Day, Ruth's Chris Steak House will celebrate the 100th birthday of Robert Mondavi. The celebration includes a special five-course pairing dinner that will take place at 96 Ruth's Chris locations across the U.S. and abroad. Special guest, Margrit Mondavi, wife of the late Mr. Mondavi and the VP of Cultural Affairs for Robert Mondavi Winery, will co-host the dinner held at the San Francisco Ruth's Chris Steak House along with Helen Mackey, Senior Director of Menu Strategy for Ruth's Chris Steak House. Prior to the dinner, Mackey had the pleasure of spending time with Mrs. Mondavi where the two recorded a short video message that will be played to greet guests attending all of the dinners. Award-winning Director of Winemaking for Robert Mondavi Winery, Genevieve Janssens, will host the dinner at the Walnut Creek location.
"On June 13th, Robert Mondavi – Father of California wine, meets the first Lady of Steak, Ruth Fertel, the founder of Ruth's Chris Steak House. We will pay tribute to these two American icons by telling their stories through an incredible evening of food and wine," said Helen Mackey, Senior Director of Menu Strategy for Ruth's Chris Steak House. "This will be our largest dinner and also our first national dinner to go international with participating locations from San Salvador and Taiwan to Dubai."
"I'm delighted to honor Bob's birthday by bringing friends and family together through this series of dinners that celebrate food and wine," said Margrit Mondavi, Vice President of Cultural Affairs for Robert Mondavi Winery. "Bob recognized many years ago that the To Kalon Vineyard has the soil, the climate and the terroir to make wines that stand in the company of the world's finest. It is with great pleasure that I am able to share his passion for this special place in the Napa Valley with so many people around the world."
The featured menu includes:
-First Course: Chilled Watermelon, Goat Cheese and Toasted Almond Salad - Mixed spring greens, balsamic vinaigrette paired with Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc, Napa Valley, California
-Second Course: Wild Mushroom Ragout Scallion pesto, savory bread pudding paired with Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley, California
-Third Course: Grilled Spring Lamb Chop Lemon-herb Gremolata, creamy herb polenta paired with Robert Mondavi Winery "Oakville" Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley, California
-Fourth Course: Sizzling Filet Mignon Red wine-thyme-shallot butter, mustard roasted fingerling potatoes and Family Style Accompaniments: Sautéed Fresh Green Beans w/ Roasted Garlic paired with Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Oakville, Napa Valley, California
-Fifth Course: Steamed Lemon Pudding Cake Crème anglaise, fresh seasonal berries paired with Robert Mondavi Winery Moscato d'Oro, Napa Valley, California
Wine dinner pricing varies by market with an average price of $100 per person. For a complete list of participating restaurants, and to make reservations, visit http://www.ruthschris.com/Promotions/mondavi.
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 Robert Mondavi Winery
Founded in 1966, Robert Mondavi Winery is the shining symbol of California's Napa Valley. The first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades since the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery went on to establish the foundation for the modern-day California wine industry. Nearly fifty years later June 18m 2013 marks the 100 birthday of Robert Mondavi. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery continues to pursue the fullest expression of the terroir of Napa Valley. For additional information about Robert Mondavi Winery, visit www.robertmondavi.com.
SOURCE Ruth's Chris Steak House