Has it really been since the 24th of August that I have written anything? Time flies when you get a full time job…
I apologize for my tardiness in updating this blog but I have exciting news! EatingInRichmond has earned me a special invitation to a Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse tasting with area media! How could I decline?!
I’ll set the scene:
It was a seasonably appropriate early October evening (I know. It has been a while since I’ve posted). The sun was setting over Stony Point Fashion Park and as I pulled into the parking lot and entered the large wood-paneled airlock, which felt comfortable because it reminded me of a humidor and I love cigars, I knew that something delicious was about to be served to me. The lights were low and the theme was large wine bottles and dark wood. This is my type of joint.
All romanticism aside, the evening was extremely pleasant. The reason Fleming’s had us members of the media in to taste their food was to promote a new Fall-inspired menu and wine pairing program that has won a sack of awards for being awesome.
I will be the first to admit that I often poo-poo chains for being cookie-cutter and classless, but Flemings does a superb job of feeling elegant and classy and offering attention to detail that doesn’t feel like a corporate mandate.
The new menu items are mostly seafood based an range from refreshing lettuce wraps with crab, bacon and avocado to hearty and filling roasted mushroom ravioli and prime grade New York strip steak.
More impressive than the steak or any of the foods alone was the wine pairings. The first course, a crab lettuce wrap with bacon and avocado, was paired with a Sanford, Santa Barbara County, 2007 Chardonnay which struck a beautiful chord with the smokiness of the bacon and the creaminess of the avocado. I won’t pretend I know a ton about wine, but the combination was complex and delicious and as the wine poured throughout the evening, the pairings kept impressing a novice like myself.
Long story short, if you’re at Stony Point–or even if you’re not –and looking for a meal that is delicious, filling, and paired perfectly with an extraordinary wine selection, check out Flemings. I will most certainly be back in the very near future.