Grace in downtown Fort Worth wants to introduce more customers to its modern American classics, and it hopes a new Wine Me, Dine me dinner option does the trick. The Monday through Thursday menu features four courses with four wine pairings for $49.
"We did it as a traffic vehicle," said owner Adam Jones. "It's important to make sure we're always turning the wheel."
Grace opened four months ago to rave reviews in the local media.
"People who have been here love us. Wtih this dining option more guests will have an opportunity to enjoy Grace and our fantastic food," said Caroline Jones whose middle name Grace is on the restaurant.
"Chef can showcase his creativity, and we can pull out fun wines. Great food that won't kick you in the pocketbook," is how sommelier Ryan Tedder described Chef Blaine Staniford's Wine Me, Dine Me menu to NBCDFW.
A menu for a recent Thursday night started with deviled eggs made with pulled chicken and house made pickles. "Like a gourmet deviled egg," said Tedder. It was paired with an Extra Dry Prosecco from Italian winery Fantinel. Guests could also choose as their appetizer Berkshire pork terrine paired with a Viognier/Marsanne from Ramain, a producer with ties to Denton, Texas.
The second course featured chicken fried artichokes paired with 2007 Laurenz Singing Gruner Veltliner. "That's the hot white right now," explained Tedder. "Soms across America are trying to turn people on to this. 'Schemeker lecker'." The German phrase translates into "tastes delicious," said Tedder.
Guests had their choice of an entree - Eberly chicken saltimbocca accompanied by Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliana Vigna Tecc 2005 or jumbo shrimp ravioli paired with a 2006 Bordeaux Chateau Reynon Sauvignon Blanc.
Dessert was a choice of a pecan pie sundae paired with a 10-year-old Tawny Port from Taylor Fladgate or the bittersweet chocolate pudding cake with a 2006 Hook & Ladder Cabernet Sauvignon.
Jones said so far, about 20 percent of customers choose the Wine Me, Dine Me option with the majority preferring to order from the dining the menu.
Grace is located at 777 Main Street in downtown Fort Worth and is open for dinner Monday through Saturday.