Last weekend, Yelp hosted a 2012 kickoff event at The Capital Grille in Downtown Denver. I’d never been to The Capital Grille and didn’t realize it was a chain. Chain or not, this place makes goooood food.
(Please note: all paleo ‘rules’ were broken at this event and it was worth every bite)
First thing we saw was a giant table of over-sized shrimp. Yum! Because I’m still on crutches, I didn’t grab any shrimp but it looked delicious.
The second thing we saw was a server, handing us The Capital Grille’s signature cocktail for the event, the Stoli Doli.
This drink had me ready to pack my bags and set up shop on a tropical island. It’s a pineapple infused vodka that is dangerously pineapple-y. There’s no harsh liquor taste so it’s easy to drink this like juice – don’t drink it like juice.
Soon after we picked a spot at the bar, the servers brought out delicious food samples for us to try. These items are from a new lunch menu that The Capital Grille will be offering at a reasonable price point, $18.
We tried a fresh take on Lobster Rolls:
These were okay. I’ve never had a traditional lobster roll so I don’t have much to compare it to. It was light, fresh. Tasty but not my favorite.
Next, beef tenderloin sandwiches:
If I had to pick only one thing to eat for the rest of my life, right now, I’d beg for this sandwich. It was out of this world. The bun was buttery, there was an herb cream cheese on top and grilled onions and mushrooms underneath the juiciest piece of beef I’ve ever had.
Lastly, truffle fries:
My first ever experience with truffle fries and I was pleasantly surprised! Fries were served piping hot and had a light earthy flavor (I assume the truffle oil?) and big grains of salt. To be reunited (briefly) with french fries in this manner was perfect – these were scrumptious!
We chatted with other Yelpers while we munched, snapped some photos of our food and each other and enjoy the afternoon.
(borrowed from Tiffany)
Before we left we were offered a tour of the kitchen with the executive chef where he talked about The Capital Grille’s food and service principals. He talked to us about the quality of their meat, how they age it and how they cut it.
We also learned that rather than throwing away food mistakes, they save this food and donate it to the homeless shelters in Denver. Each month, they donate about 6,000 pounds of food to homeless shelters. Seriously amazing. Why aren’t all restaurants doing this?
On our way out, we grabbed a ‘swag bag’ full of The Capital Grille goodies: an voucher for a free appetizer, 2 Capital Grille cookies (chocolate chip & white chocolate chip), 2 chocolate truffles and 1 container of mushroom coffee steak rub.
I’m planning to use the rub later this week for dinner.
I liked the intimacy of this event – no significant others, no casual yelpers. Just us weirdos who check in at every restaurant and store we go to, take photos of our food to blog about and want to attend events with our others of our kind.
Yep, just us weirdos.
Thanks again to Yelp and The Capital Grille for hosting us!