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Road and Pour

A Culinary and Cocktail Experience

Story by Bill Bannister  |  Photos by Don Perry

Memphians can be proud that we have in our city one of the finest zoos in the world. It’s always great to show support for this amazing and wonderful institution while having an incredibly good time and enjoying fine food and libations. At 7 o’clock on a soft and beautiful evening, the gates of the Memphis Zoo opened to nearly 700 enthusiastic supporters who showed up for the inaugural Roar and Pour, A Culinary and Cocktail Experience sponsored by Jaguar Bluff City.

Guests could either take the free zoo shuttle, or stroll the short distance to the grand Teton Trek Lodge, where they were greeted by the fabulous sounds of G3 (The Gary Goin Group) as they entered a world of gourmet cuisine and fine libations. Some of the best local restaurants were on hand for the evening’s gastronomical festivities on both floors of the lodge. Erling Jensen served up mouth-watering seared salmon with pickled veggies and shrimp, paired with a crisp and clean Oyster Bay Chardonnay. The Capital Grille dished out the most amazing lollipop lamb chops with 15 year old aged balsamic, and seared dry aged sirloin with sweet chili vinaigrette and wasabi oil, along with a bold and delicious Kinton Syrah. Sushi fans were in heaven as they lined up for assorted fresh sushi by Red Fish Sushi, washed down with Hakushika Tanuki Sake. Moving along to the Julles Posh Food Co. table, partygoers dined on seared tender skirt steak in jalapeno with apple jicama slaw and cilantro guava sauce as they enjoyed lime tequila punch with hearts of palm. Simply Delicious Caterings had fresh ceviche with 13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc. Southern Gentleman Burger Bites were served up by Belly Acres with beer from Lucky Town Brewery. Char was also on hand with duck confit grilled cheese with Bird Dog Peach Whiskey and a 14 Gauge Southern Sweet Cocktail. Paradox Catering and Consulting had seared beef with charred onions, cilantro and spicy garlic with Mustiguillo Tinto. Cheeses imported from around the world were presented by Fascinating Catering, along with bubbly and sparkling Chic Brut Cava.

After all this amazing food, guests found it hard to resist a visit to Phillip Ashley Chocolates station for a dessert of Thai lemongrass mint white chocolate, amaretto almond caramels and a splash of Bottex Bugey Cerdon Sparkling or Fonseca Domini Douro Red. No evening of this caliber would have been complete without a stop by the table of Fernando of Miami for a fine cigar to enjoy while savoring a little taste of the Caribbean in the form of a glass of Havana Club Rum.

Roar and Pour was also presented by Athens Distributing, Bors-Koefoed “BK” Family, Dr. Joseph C. Dewane, M.D., Dorothy Orgill Kirsch, Macy’s, Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals and Moonshine Lighting. It was truly a night to remember.

 


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