While I am still thinking of the forthcoming hallowed race that will soon occur in Louisville, I am remembering a time that we had dinner with our relatives at the Seelbach Hotel. It is a grand hotel that first opened their doors in 1891 and it has seen the likes of presidents of the United States, infamous gangsters and a very famous incident with F. Scott Fitzgerald, who recalled the incident in The Great Gatsby. The Oakroom, the main dining room at the hotel, is just a famous as the hotel itself.
I remember the dinner my Bride and I had there very vividly. We started off with appetizers of Hudson Valley Foie Gras as well as an order of Shrimp and Grits, and we shared the dishes as well as with our relatives. My Bride then ordered Chicken and Dumplings that was served with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Butternut Squash, while I enjoyed a Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce. We then shared a “Trio of Chocolates” for dessert which consisted of a Molten Chocolate Cake, Pot de Crème and Chocolate Bread Pudding. The dessert after the other dishes was more than ample for both of us.
Our wine that evening was one of the fabled wines of the Medoc, one of the Premiers Crus, Chateau Margaux from the Commune of Margaux. It is one of my Brother-in-Law’s favorite wines, as well as most of the world. That particular evening we had Chateau Margaux 1994 and it was just wonderful with all four meals. I would be hard pressed to suggest a finer wine, though there are some that are equally hallowed.