People eat three times a day to prevent mouthy mouths from brashly blurting out their distaste for the rest of the digestive system. Prevent intra-system quarreling with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a three-course dinner for two with wine pairings at Wine Me Dine Me, held every Thursday at 6 p.m. at gourmet southern restaurant Mint in Ridgeland (a $150 value). Only 20 couples are taken at each event.
Gourmet southern eatery Mint challenges palates with Wine Me Dine Me, a weekly event centered around a prix fixe menu of wines playing off of dishes crafted from fresh local ingredients. While the offerings rotate each week, a recent first-course choice of "broken caesar" salad sprinkled with boiled egg and crispy anchovy or seared foie gras got diners reminiscing about their many other firsts, including first dates or first transatlantic balloon rides. For the entrées, they deliberated between seared Copper River salmon nestled alongside roasted garlic onion confit or a wood-grilled strip loin, served amidst mushroom risotto and a pickled blueberry gastrique. Afterward, dining couples can fed each other spoonfuls of strawberry crumble cake. Complementary wine accompanies each dish, ranging from a complex pinot noir to a bubbly cava and turning each course into a master course on culinary pairings, much like a job interview at a disorganized shoe store.