Zoom wine tasting with Commander’s Palace’s “Wine Guy” Dan Davis
I know that all of us are staying home, washing our hands and wearing our masks, but we all want to get back to whatever we feel is normal, so I’m spotlighting Commander’s Palace, Southern Hospitality Catering, Ralph’s on the Park and Napoleon House, who are all trying to keep their workers employed and give a little relief to all of us who would love to be back in their places of business! Please know that there are so many chefs, caterers and restaurants that we can’t spotlight who are doing incredible things. We all need to support the places we love!
Commander’s Palace has created “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” wine and cheese parties on Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., which has everyone getting together on Zoom! Here is how it works: You can buy a ticket for $99, which is a tasting for two that includes three bottles of wine curated by “Wine Guy” Dan Davis and cheese from St. James Cheese Company. For $30 extra, you can add two additional friends. There is a theme for each night and costumes, hats and pets are encouraged, all in an outdoor setting. As you watch Dan on Zoom, he tells you about the wines and the reason he pairs each with the cheeses. You can pick up your box at Commander’s or have it delivered to your home.
We love John Rowland at Southern Hospitality Catering and can’t wait to have a party when the pandemic is under control. They have a full menu that comes out every week that includes, “Porch and Patio Platters,” boiled crawfish, shrimp and especially John Rowland’s house made margaritas – regular and Blood Orange. Several of their clients have ordered their individually packaged box meals to give to frontline workers, construction crews and employees. They also include a customized note on each meal!
A lot of us have picked up dinner at Ralph’s on the Park, which is still going on, and there’s also curbside pick-up at Napoleon House called “Eating in Exile!” The favorite pick-up item at Ralph’s is the filet, and at the Napoleon House it’s their muffuletta. The best about both of these restaurants is the second-floor balcony at Ralph’s and the courtyard at Napoleon House, so you can be outside!
Thanks to all of you who are supporting our hospitality workers, chefs and restaurants! We love our first responders, healthcare workers and everyone at our supermarkets; to help them, why not get them a gift certificate to a favorite store, restaurant or caterer? Support them today!