Ruth's Chris Steak House and Acclaimed Port Producers Taylor Fladgate® and Fonseca® Partner to Host the First Nationwide Port Paired Dinner

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruth's Chris Steak House ( is proud to partner with Taylor Fladgate® and Fonseca® to host an exclusive five-course Port Dinner on October 18 at 51 participating Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurants nationwide. Illustrating the versatility of Port, the dinner will feature a Port cocktail as well as pair the variety of styles, from white to Tawny to Vintage, with each of the five courses.

"We are excited to bring our guests an evening of exploring Port styles with Taylor Fladgate® and Fonseca®. They are benchmark producers with a true legacy of both tradition and innovation," said Helen Mackey, Corporate Director of Beverage Strategy for Ruth's Hospitality Group.

Mackey and Robert Bower, U.S. Export Manager and 8th generation of the Yeatman family to run the Taylor Fladgate® and Fonseca® port houses will co-host the Ruth's Chris Steak House Port Dinner in Northbrook, Illinois. In addition, the pair will welcome guests to the dinner with an educational video which explains styles of Ports as well as Taylor Fladgate's Vintage Ports which are blended from the family's own quintas or estates, Vargellas, Terra Feita and Junco. These three iconic and geographically distinct properties produce characteristically unique wines, and are the cornerstone of the company's success and the main source of its inimitable house style.

"Helen Mackey and the Ruth's Chris team have created superb Port and food pairings. The balance and array of delicious flavors created by their top chefs working with our premium Ports will be eye-opening to the guests," said Robert Bower.

The featured menu, with an average price of $110 per person, includes:

1st Course: Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Crostini with Port Steeped Figs, Kalamata Olives, Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction paired with "Port of Manhattan" BIN 27 Cocktail

2nd Course: Tawny Poached Pear & Arugula Salad with Minted Vinaigrette, Candied Walnuts and Feta Cheese paired with Fonseca Siroco White Port

3rd Course: Butternut Squash Bisque with Maple Nutmeg Creme and Fresh Chives paired with Fonseca BIN 27 Reserve (Ruby) Port

4th Course: Filet Mignon & Sizzling Shellfish Trio with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes paired with Sequoia Grove Cabernet, Napa Valley

5th Course: Artisanal Cheeses, Fresh Berries, Nuts and Jacques Torres BIN 27 Infused Chocolate paired with Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny and Taylor Fladgate Vargellas Vintage 2004.

For a list of participating restaurants and to view a sample of the educational video, please visit

About Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak House is the largest upscale steak house company in the world, with over 130 restaurant locations around the globe. Founded in New Orleans by Ruth Fertel in 1965, Ruth's Chris specializes in USDA Prime grade steaks served in Ruth's Chris signature fashion ... "sizzling." Look for upcoming national wine dinners at

About Ruth's Hospitality Group

Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: RUTH) is a leading restaurant company focused on the upscale dining segment. The Company owns the Ruth's Chris Steak House, Mitchell's Fish Market, Mitchell's Steakhouse and Cameron's Steakhouse concepts. With more than 150 company-and franchisee-owned locations worldwide, Ruth's Hospitality Group was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Winter Park, Florida.

About Taylor Fladgate®

Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman is one of the oldest and most prestigious Port houses in Portugal. Often known as Taylor Fladgate, in North America, the Port house was founded in 1692 in the northern coastal town of Oporto, on the river Douro. Taylor Fladgate has remained a family run winery throughout its illustrious history and continues to be the standard to which all others follow. Often referred to as 'the Rolls Royce of Port' they continue to create new standards for premium Port wine.

About Fonseca®

Fonseca occupies a leading position as a specialist producer of quality wood Ports and is consistently one of the world's top vintage Port producers. The wine company was founded in 1815, and has been made by the same family ever since. The Fonseca house style is one of richness and warmth, with lush fruit intensity and a structure of both dimension and finesse. More voluptuous than massive, Fonseca Ports are coveted for their sumptuous yet refined body and great longevity.

SOURCE Ruth's Chris Steak House