Advice for Choosing the Right Wine for a Present

There is always an occasion around the corner that calls for celebration. Birthdays, house warmings, bridal showers, graduations, and professional promotions mean presents! Here are a few tips on choosing the right wine, no matter the occasion.

 

Season should be the #1 reason.

Pay attention to the time of year. Lighter, fruity flavors for Summer and Spring.

 

Keep the recipient in mind.

Picture his/her taste and personality. Does s/he have a sweet tooth? Choose a dessert type wine. More conservative? Choose a sparkling or lighter red wine.

 

Don’t get distracted by the appealing label or bottle design.

Make a thoughtful decision based on the preceding advice. Labels do not always accurately speak to the quality and taste of what’s inside the bottle. Be sure to stick to mid-range prices and consult an expert.

 

Not on a budget? Buy more than one bottle.

If you do not have a set budget or you are buying bottles with friends, variety is best. Pick a few bottles and arrange them in a gift basket/box. This way, you will offer a wider range of flavors and s/he gets to pick their favorite (be sure to take a mental not for next time you plan on purchasing wine for him/her).

 

Visit our menus to view the current wine list at Satterfield’s. We have knowledgable bartenders and servers to assist you in choosing the right wine for your dinner, dessert, or mood!

Satterfield’s Presents Summer Wine Series: Tastes of France

Please join us for a taste of France with International Wines & CraftBeer!

 

We plan to pour a sparkling Crémant, a Muscadet, a Beaujolaise, a white Burgundy, and a Cotes du Rhone.

 

Crement (sparkling): made with the same technique as Champagne, but from outside the Champagne region.

Muscadet: made in the region around Nantes, taste of melons and tree fruit, a traditional partner to raw shellfish. They are also ideal partners to seafood salads and lighter fish dishes that tend toward the briny side of the spectrum.

Beaujolaise: meant to be enjoyed young, and often benefit from a slight chill, making it a great option for warm-weather red wine.

Burgundy (white)unoaked simple wine with mineral and apple notes.

Cotes du Rhone: one of the largest appellations in all of France, it’s also one of the oldest. Meant to be enjoyed on release, majority of Cotes du Rhone wine do not require aging.

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Tips for Wine Pairing with Veggies

With Spring in the air and Summer quickly approaching, vino and vegetables will more than likely become a regular part of most dining experiences. The general wisdom is that one should pair white wine with fish and reds with meat, but what about wine pairing with vegetables?

 

Light, Bright, & Dry Flavors

  • Dishes Featuring Citrus flavors, Squash, Asparagus, & Earthy Herbs (tarragon, parsley, and dill)
  • Pairs With Dry Whites: Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc

 

Blush & Dry Flavors

  • Salads or Dishes Highlighting Strawberries, Beets, & Radishes
  • Pairs With Dry Rosé

 

Red & Big Flavors

  • Dishes With Elements of Blackberries, Plums, Swiss Chard, Watercress, & Nasturtium Pesto
  • Pairs With Cabernet Sauvignon

 

When in doubt, simply remember the color of the wine and the color of the vegetable should be similar! 

Here’s one of our veggie-centric dishes. We have a fine selection of wines just waiting to be paired with locally sourced produce! Call us today to make a reservation.

 

 

We Can Help You Figure Out What’s Fueling Your Hunger

Being consistently hungry throughout the day becomes pretty inconvenient and expensive.

 

Based on research and nutritionists, here’s why you might be hungry at this very moment.

 

Fast vs. Slow Digestion

You might gain energy after eating a meal, but how soon you become hungry is determined by digestion. Heavy carbohydrate meals boost your energy, then leave you hungry due to quick digestion. This also applies to foods with a lot of refined sugar (juice, candy, pastries, flavored yogurts) that cause your blood sugar to rise and drop within a couple of hours. Adding proteins and healthy fats (which are broken down by the body at a much slower rate) to your meals keeps you feeling full longer.

For breakfast, try adding nuts or hard-boiled eggs to your morning meal.

 

Beware of Pre-Packaged and Low-Fat Foods in Stores 

These foods often lack nutritional value and cause a quick spike/drop in your level of blood sugar. Consuming low-fat foods can often leave you hungrier than eating high-carb foods.

Fight cravings and feel full longer by eating more healthy fats (fatty fish, nuts, avocados, eggs). 

 

Timing Is Everything

Poor sleep hygiene alters hormones related to hunger and make you crave treats high in sugar. How frequent you eat, and how long you consistently sleep, can leave you more or less hungry.

An earlier bed time and later morning alarm helps your body better process the foods you eat and influence the choices you make. 

 

Binge Watching (And Eating)

Sitting for long periods of time and being distracted while eating can lead your brain to believe you need to eat sooner than later.

Simply focusing on your meal while dining can reduce hunger. 

 

First, Quench Your Thirst

When you begin to become dehydrated, your first thought is hunger. Don’t be fooled, drink up!

Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day as a constant reminder to drink. Switch up your water intake by infusing it with fruit. 


We have whole, fresh ingredients on the menu that will leave you feeling satisfied longer!

Call 205-969-9690 to make your reservation today.

 

 

Stress Less: Eat Healthy, Be Happy

Incorporating these foods into your diet can help lower stress and make you feel happier!

 

Zinc

Research has found that feelings of depression can be lessened with the help of zinc. Zinc is needed by neurons to best function in the parts of the brain regulating mood.

Spinach, Swiss cheese, oysters, beef, pork, and chickpeas.

 

Magnesium

By calming your nervous system, magnesium can help you feel less anxious.

Bananas, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, flaxseeds.

 

Cocoa

Endorphins and cocoa hit the same receptors in your brain! Chocolate can actually calm you and make you feel happy.

Dark chocolate labeled at least 70% Cacao. eat no more than 1 oz. a day.

 

Need another great way to reduce stress during the week? Skip commuter traffic and stop by after work!
Call ahead to make reservations 205-969-9690 today.

 

It’s Officially Grilling Season: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Your Ultimate Guide to Steak 

 

1. What’s your budget?

High-end steaks:

Inexpensive steaks:

Quick Tip: Look for even marbling (more tender and flavorful).

2. Expecting a lot of guests? Buy in bulk.

A whole strip loin weighing 10-15 pounds = 10-20 steaks.

Quick Tip: Use a chef’s knife or boning knife and some basic butchering skills!

 

3. When you salt your meat is essential.

Salt your meat approximately 40 minutes before grilling.

Quick Tip: Kosher salt is better than table salt.

4. To flip or not to flip?

Multiple flipping gets your steak to cook faster and causes it to cook more evenly.

5. Don’t be afraid to poke it.

You can tell how well-done your steak is just by poking it.

Quick Tip: If it’s rare, it should feel like the fleshy part of your hand at the base of your thumb when you touch your thumb to your index finger. Medium is if you touch it to your middle finger. Well-done is if you touch it to your ring finger.

6. When carving your meat, do it right BEFORE serving.

Be sure to place your meat on a warm serving platter or a wooden carving board.

Quick Tip: A warm serving platter or wooden carving board keeps your meat hot longer than a cool ceramic plate.

 

Check out some of our past blogs for more cooking tutorials, party tips, and cocktail recipes!

 

An Evening with Becky Satterfield

You are invited to a special event presented by Samford University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Baking with Alabama’s Best

An evening with Becky Satterfield

May 4, 2018
6 to 8 p.m.

Food Production Labs in Samford’s College of Health Sciences

800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229

 

Becky Satterfield is the owner and executive pastry chef at Satterfield’s in Birmingham, and this year, she was named the best female chef in the state of Alabama by USA Today. Join Becky Satterfield as she teaches you how to bake three of her signature dishes.

Tickets cost $150 each.

All proceeds will go to students scholarships in honor of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 100th anniversary.

Buy Tickets

Space is limited.

If you are unable to attend, you can still make a donation online at samford.edu/publichealth/giving.

Questions? Contact Victoria Allen at vallen2@samford.edu or 205-726-2792.

 

New Favorites On The Menu

We invite you to be the judge!

Seasonal produce consistently guides our menu and drives our meaningful relationships with local farmers. We enjoy transforming fresh ingredients into delicious and picturesque dishes. Executed with finesse, the following dishes are available on the menu this month:

 

Alabama Farmers Market tomato salad, featuring sliced avocado with “everything” sprinkles (Yes! Like the bagels!), spring onion, sorrel from our friends at Snow’s Bend Farm and basil vinaigrette.

 


Gem lettuce “Caesar” salad with bacon, Parmesan, toasted bread crumbs, avocado-lime purée, and roasted garlic dressing.

 


Yellowfin tuna with Carolina gold rice, purple hull peas, green onion purée, and red pepper-peanut sauce.

 


NY Strip with Mexican street corn, potato coins, cilantro-lime crema, and green garlic sauce.

 


Filet with asparagus, trumpet mushrooms, potato rosti, onion marmalade, and blue cheese mousse.

 


Crème fraîche cake with white chocolate ganache, Myers’s rum-brown sugar braised pineapple,
basil-coconut cream, and demerara sugar ice cream.

 


Strawberry-lemon tart with lemon cream, fresh strawberries, strawberry meringue, candied lemon, and strawberry sorbet.

 


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