Cherry Hill Mall Restaurant Week – Capital Grille Preview

This week Cherry Hill Mall is taking a page out of Philly’s book and is holding Restaurant Week. The Mall has many restaurants on property, with something for everyone. Starting Sunday, July 14 and running through Saturday, July 20, the Cherry Hill Mall will debut its first ever Restaurant Week. There are  nine restaurants participating — The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, California Pizza Kitchen, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Grand Lux Cafe, Bahama Breeze, Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe and the Bistro at Cherry Hill. They will all offer special menus and pricing during this event.

I had the opportunity to preview the menu at The Capital Grille and let me tell you something – it was amazing. I’ll definitely be going back to partake in Restaurant Week.  Although there will be one problem – I won’t know what to order! Everything that I had was delicious and it’ll hard to pick just one thing!

Here’s a glimpse at what is on the menu…

Clam Chowder

ClamChowder

Lobster Roll

LobsterRoll

Parmesan Truffle Fries

GarlicHerbFries

Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Shallot Butter

Steak

Seared Scallops with Sweet & Sour Tomatoes

Scallops

Housemade Ice Cream

icecream

Flourless Espresso Cake

flourlessespressocake

Everything that you see what just out of this world. I’ve been thinking about that Kona Crusted Sirloin ever sinced I tasted it. And those Seared Scallops were cooked perfectly. The menu is awesome and you can’t go wrong no matter what you order.

The dessert. Oh the dessert. I loved both. I love ice cream, but I don’t ever order it in a restaurant for dessert. But this housemade ice cream was so delicious and creamy – I’d definitely order it. All 3 flavors were great, but the caramel crunch was my favorite!

So book your reservation now! There are so many fabulous restaurants to choose from!

*I was invited for a free preview of The Capital Grille Restaurant Week menu, but I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Knob Creek Bourbon Dinner at Meritage

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an invite-only Bourbon Dinner at Meritage (500 South 20th Street, Philadelphia).  As part of Knob Creek’s new “The Standard” Dinner Series, the world’s best small batch bourbon partners with a local city’s best restaurant to raise some glasses (and the standard for good dining).  We got to learn the rich history of this quintessentially American spirit.  We got to savor the bold, signature flavor of Knob Creek through the signature cocktail and custom bourbon-infused dinner pairing created by Chef Anne Coll.

I have a long list of restaurants in Philadelphia that I want to try, and Meritage has been one of them. So I was very excited to hear that this dinner was going to be held there; I’ve heard wonderful things about Chef Anne Coll.

The Distillery Specialist that dined with us was Theo Rutherford and he did a great job at teaching us about Bourbon. I loved hearing some of his stories! He was very personable and you could just tell that he loves his job!

Bourbon is a type of American Whiskey that is a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. Most brands are produced in Kentucky, but it may be produced anywhere in the United States.

Once it goes through the production process the clear spirit is placed in charred-oak barrels (which can only been used once!) for aging, during which it gains color and flavor from the caramelized sugars in the charred wood. Bourbons gain more color and flavor the longer they mature.

Let’s get to the Food and Bourbon Pairings! The food was absolutely amazing and the flavors were right on  point.

First – let me apologize for the photo quality – the lighting wasn’t that great in the restaurant and I only have my iPhone – so the picture quality isn’t that great. My apologies! [Read more...]