According to Emily Post, napkins may only be used to cover laps, clean up spills, or signal the waiter via semaphore that your table has hit an iceberg. Master restaurant etiquette over a gourmet meal with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a four-course meal for two plus two memento wine glasses at Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow (a $120 value). Dinner is served Friday, August 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and reservations are required. The four courses are:
- Chilled shrimp in Cajun remoulade
- Spicy Sichuan salad with sweet soy-lime dressing
- Pork tenderloin rubbed with fennel pollen and herbs, and served with whole-grain-mustard cream sauce
- Kahlua crème brûlée with cardamom whipped cream
Nestled amid the picturesque river valleys and pastoral scenery of the Augusta wine region, Blumenhof Winery treats guests to gourmet meals and handcrafted wines made from Missouri-grown grapes. Just as the members of a barbershop quartet work together to fight crime, the four courses of August 19's prix fixe dinner operate harmoniously to conquer cravings, combining complementary culinary styles for a well-orchestrated epicurean experience. The peppery prelude of chilled shrimp in a piquant Cajun remoulade comes partnered with crisp andouille and roasted-red-pepper confit, followed by a spicy Sichuan salad sporting bean sprouts, crisp arugula, celery, carrots, and chopped peanuts. The main course of pork tenderloin travels atop plates with a savory retinue of red Colusari rice and haricots verts, and the sweet finale of Kahlua crème brûlée leaves feasters grinning as broadly as a Cheshire cat at a comedy club thanks to its dulcet dollop of cardamom whipped cream.
As diners take in the tastes of the artfully prepared multicourse meal, eyeparts marvel at the winery’s rough-hewn woodwork, and live jazz from musician Stuart Johnson softly serenades hungry ears. After their meal, guests take home a sparkling pair of complimentary wine glasses, ideal for remembering their evening or crafting long-winded toasts about the virtues of fancy souvenirs.