When “Steak” & “Week” arrive in the same sentence …

Steak Week.


I mean, pardon the semantic frivolity, but that phrase has a lot of meat on the bone!

Meaning, of course, that it carries with it a great deal of conceptual weight.

I mean, steak week.


That’s deep.

So what is Steak Week?

Well, for our purposes here, it’s what happens when the finest steakhouse in one of the finest steak cities in the country — that being Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Chicago — teams up with Ridge Vineyards for an exploration of all things steak and wine.

Dig the press release:

As part of Steak Week, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, L&L Packing Company and Ridge Vineyards are joining forces on Thursday, June 7th to offer the 2nd Annual STEAK 101—a seven course steak and wine dinner where guests learn from the experts while enjoying an evening of extraordinary food and wine.

 Harry Caray’s Executive Chef Peter McGarrity and Sommelier Mark Molitor have created an incomparable tasting menu designed to answer the most commonly asked questions about ordering steak and wine.  For each course, Joel Lezak, owner of L&L Packing Company, one of the most highly regarded steak suppliers in the city, will compare and contrast the characteristics of two different steak options, including choice vs. prime beef, dry-aged vs. wet-aged beef, grass-fed vs. corn-fed beef and wagyu vs. prime beef.  Ridge Vineyards Wine Ambassador Christina Donley will explain how the qualities of the meat influence the choice of wine for each course.


Did that press release just mention Christina Donley? THE Christina Donley? International Wine Woman of Mystery Christina Donley? International Woman of Wine Mystery Christina Donley?

She is everywhere, and nowhere. She is everyone, and no one. She is in your glass. She is on your plate. She is drinking your wine. She is eating your steak. She is whispering the secret of the universe in your ear.

You never know where she’s going to emerge. She’s the gopher in the game at the carnival. And you without no mallet.

She is Christina Donley, International Wine Woman of Wine Mystery, and she’s coming to Chicago.

For this:


Truffled Duck Confit on Brioche Toast Points &

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Ridge—East Bench—Zinfandel—Dry Creek Valley—2009



Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Mache and Toasted Almonds with Calvados Vanilla Poached Pear Vinaigrette

Ridge—Estate Vineyard—Chardonnay—Santa Cruz Mountains—2010


Prime vs. Choice

Filet Mignon with Crab Stuffed Roasted Morel Mushroom and Zinfandel Veal Reduction

Ridge—Pagani Ranch—Zinfandel—Sonoma Valley—2007


Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed

New York Strip with Bacon Wrapped Faux Potato Scallop and Five Spice Gastrique

Ridge—Geyserville—Zinfandel Blend—Sonoma County—2008



Dry-Aged vs. Wet-Aged

Rib Eye with Truffled Goat Cheese Twice Baked Fingerling Potato, Sautéed Baby Corn

and Zinfandel Demi-Glace

Ridge—Lytton Springs—Zinfandel Blend—Dry Creek Valley—2009


Prime vs. Wagyu

New York Strip with Galbani Dolcelatte Fondue, Sautéed Fava Beans and Blackberry Chutney

Ridge—York Creek—Zinfandel—Spring Mountain District—2009


Chocolate Pot de Crème with Fresh Berries


For more about Steak Week, please click the following link:


And should you be so lucky as to attend this extraordinary event, let us know! We’d love to get your thoughts on the pairings, the wines, the experience!

Categories: Events, Food & Wine Pairing, Offerings, Tasting Flights, Wine & Food Pairing

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