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The Flavor of Fall – Rugby Grille launches new seasonal menu
The Rugby Grille previewed its new fall menu, which starts this week, and there’s something for everyone to love.
At a media preview last week, featuring Chef Eric Avila, local bloggers and food writers were given a taste of what’s to come. The evening began with appetizers, including the chilled Scallops Crudo with jalapeno and red pepper, giving it a spicy kick.
Next up came a taste of the Grand Seafood Tower, a work of art by Avila with king crab legs, prawns, oysters, lobster tail, octopus and tuna with three sauces: cocktail, wasabi soy and an apple-cucumber mignonette — a feast on the menu for $99. Special fall cocktails were previewed, including a Pumpkin Pie martini as well as the Fall Luis Martini, made with ginger beer, apple cider, vodka and a dash of cinnamon. It really was a taste of the season.
New entrees sampled included the Short Rib ($56), a truly sumptuous 12-oz. prime beef short rib served on a goat cheese truffle polenta cake with roasted wild mushrooms and natural pan jus, and the Lamb Osso Bucco ($58), Colorado lamb, served with boursin whipped potatoes, roasted acorn squash and lamb jus.
The evening was capped off with pumpkin creme brulee and bread pudding with blueberry compote. Both magnificent!
Steve Kalczynski, managing director of the Townsend Hotel, said he and Avila went on a trip to New York to sample new dishes for inspiration for the fall menu. “We did nothing but eat for four days,” Kalczynski joked. “Tough work, but someone had to do it.”
The Rugby Grille is inside the 150-room, award-winning Townsend Hotel, which has been undergoing renovations for the past few years: new guest rooms, suites and meeting rooms, including the Clancy Room, previously the Corner Bar, a venue for corporate meetings and social events. Next up will be a refresh of guest room corridors and lobbies early next year, Kalczynski said.
The Rugby Grille has been recognized with the AAA Four Diamond award, the Forbes Travel Guide “Recommended” rating as well as the very exclusive Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for 2016 and 2017.
The new inspired fall menu launches Oct. 6.
Jackie Headapohl Managing Editor
Rugby Grille (inside the Townsend Hotel)
100 Townsend St., Birmingham