By Mark Gauert
City & Shore Magazine
A five-course dinner paired with wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars will open Okeechobee Steakhouse’s new Norma Jean Hall event facility Sept. 20 in West Palm Beach.
The $300 per guest wine dinner, inaugurating the restaurant’s 100-seat event facility, will begin with steak tartare crostini, paired with the Napa Valley winery’s “Kari” Sauvignon Blanc; before moving on to main courses of Okeechobee Steakhouse’s dry- and wet-age cuts of meat.
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars specialists Shannon Felton and Wayne Ballard will speak on the pairings; and Okeechobee Steakhouse owner Ralph Lewis will talk about the 70-year-old restaurant’s dry and wet aging and hand-trimming processes.
The full menu:
First Course: Grilled wagyu beef and zucchini pancake with baby greens and
lemon aioli, paired with SLWC “Kari” Chardonnay.
Second Course: Dry-age vs. wet-age New York strip with parmesan Yukon
gold potato cake and asparagus tips, paired with SLWC “Artemis” Cabernet Sauvignon.
Third Course: Dry-age vs. wet-age bone-in filet with potato purée, creamed
spinach and bordelaise cabernet sauce, paired with SLWC “Fay” Cabernet Sauvignon/SLV Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fourth Course: Dry-age vs. wet-age rib-eye steak with Hasselback blue
cheese potato, haricots verts and rosemary jus, paired with SLWC “Cask” Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fifth Course: Flourless chocolate cake with fresh raspberries, raspberry sauce and whipped cream. (Wine pairing to be announced).
The new facility, named after Lewis’ grandmother and stepmother, also will be available for meetings, wedding receptions, family gatherings, all catered by the venerable Okeechobee Steakhouse, which claims title to oldest steakhouse in Florida.
Wine dinner at Okeechobee Steakhouse’s new Norma Jean Hall, featuring wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Reservations required, 561-507-5113 daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m. and on weekends, call 561-683-5151.
Photo by Mark Gauert: A tasting of SLWC wines at the vineyards in Napa, Calif.