Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a three-month classic wine-club membership (a $120 value) to Em Chamas in Tulleries Plaza or Downtown St. Joseph. This Groupon includes a $25 gift card to Em Chamas restaurant, and discounts to all club-hosted wine dinners and events as part of your membership—plus two complimentary wine tastings.
Renowned for its rodizio service, Em Chamas knights guests with skewers of brazilian beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, and also happens to store sommelier-selected wines. The three-month basic membership treats palates to two off-menu bottles (averaging $30 for both) each month, selected by Em Chamas' certified sommelier. Upon joining, grape guzzlers receive a personalized plaque placed on the wine vault, closely guarded by management. The wines will be entered into your vino vault section with the stealthiness of a tooth fairy wearing shoes created by cutting a foot-hole into stuffed animals, and they can either be sipped during a meal at the restaurant or taken home.
Em Chamas' culinary offerings encourage ravenous consumption of meaty delights and a salad bar with 30+ items. The rodizio menu ($24.99) captures the essence of the meat rainbow with alcatra com queijo (provolone-stuffed top sirloin), fraldinha (flank steak), and costela de boi (boneless beef ribs). The Em Chamas experience is designed to be a social activity, so bring along your army of exact physical doubles and thank them for all the times their presence confused potential assassins.
Membership fee waived for Groupon holders for the three-month duration of Groupon membership, but will be charged if you choose to continue your membership.
After a trip to South America, restaurateur Sam Silvio was smitten with the desire to open his own churrascaria and began drawing up plans to that end with fellow restaurateur and brother Nick Silvio. Em Chamas sprang from this endeavor and now stands ready to dazzle diners with a continuous procession of meats grilled and skewered gaucho style. For a churrascaria experience at home, the restaurant packs and ships many of its authentic meats to doorsteps throughout the country. Family grill masters can dress up backyard barbecues with the gourmet flavors of Certified Angus Beef Pichana steaks and signature Brazilian linguica, while family sword masters can play passadore with something other than a prized teddy bear, for a change.
At the restaurant, two-course excursions begin with a trip to the gourmet buffet bar, where visitors sift through more than 30 culinary presentations including Brazilian and American fare, seafood dishes, and salads. Once guests flip their table's coin to the "bring it" side, passadores begin dancing out with various cuts of wood-fired meat—including top sirloin stuffed with provolone, bacon-wrapped chicken, Brazilian pork sausage, and caramelized pit ham—which they hand carve according to each eater's specified knife angle. To indicate satiation, diners simply flip the coin over or rip their napkin into the shape of a stop sign.