The Capital Grille has added three new additions to their lunch plates to welcome in spring.  These dishes are a perfect reflection of the season’s flavors and include Asparagus Soup, Shrimp and  Piquillo Peppers with Crisp Bomba Rice and Grilled Spring Vegetables.  As always, guests of The Capital Grille can customize their lunch, choosing from nine “plates” offerings – soup or salad, sandwich and a side – all for $18.

I was graciously invited by Capital Grille to try the new “plates” lunch menu and this invite could not have come at a better time.  My dear friend Melissa was in town visiting from Maine.  I only get to see her once or twice a year and this was a lovely way to spend our time catching up.
For the soup or salad choice, we both got the asparagus soup and it is delicious. Although it looks creamy, it is really very light made with roasted asparagus, caramelized onions and chicken stock.  It is thickened with sushi grade rice and only has a touch of cream added at the end.  I am going to attempt to recreate this soup at home.

One selection under the main choices is a Lobster Roll. Being from Maine, Melissa was intrigued to try it and compare the difference.  She can pretty much walk down the street from her house, pluck a fresh lobster out of the water, take it home, and cook it up.  She was also eying the Mini Tenderloin Sandwiches.  I have always wanted to try the lobster roll, but am hooked on the Tenderloin Sandwiches so it worked out perfect for us to get one of each and the kitchen split for us.

Both the lobster roll and tenderloin buns are a brioche type bread and made in house.  They are soft and just a little bit sweet.  This was my first lobster roll and I have to say it was tasty.  Melissa agreed as well and was impressed the lobster was as good as what she can get at home. She noted that in Maine the filling is usually just lobster, a little mayo and some lemon.  The lobster filling at the Capital Grille includes lobster, celery, onion, sour cream, mayo and a hint of lime. The tenderloin sandwiches are melt in your mouth delicious. 

For the sides, it was the new grilled spring vegetables and truffle fries. The melody of squash, zucchini, peppers and mushrooms are grilled with a touch of herb olive oil and the truffles fries are crisp and sinful.

Dessert is not included in the “plates” price but I could not pass up the opportunity to share a Crème Brule with one of my dearest friends. 

In addition to the “New Spring Plates”, the Capital Grille is also featuring the Artist Series Wine Event. This annual event gives guests at The Capital Grille a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience an exclusive, limited allocation wine adorned with a unique piece of original artwork as its label, while supporting Share Our Strength and their mission to end childhood hunger in America. For every bottle sold the Capital Grille will donate $25.00 to the Share Our Strength foundation.

This year’s Artist Series wine is an exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon hand-selected by The Capital Grille’s own Master Sommelier, George Miliotes. The Cabernet was hand-crafted at Napa Valley’s Freemark Abbey Winery by Ted Edwards, in collaboration with George Miliotes, one of only 186 Master Sommeliers in the world. Fewer than 1,000 cases of this unique wine, blended solely for The Capital Grille, will be produced.  The wine’s grapes were harvested from carefully selected vineyards in Napa Valley, where differing elevations and a unique terrain result in the perfect conditions for creamy, roundly textured flavors.
The Capital Grille invited artists and wine lovers to submit original art for the bottle’s label, during a competition held last fall. The winning painting, Complexity, by Missouri-based artist Julie Agee, was chosen for the way the vibrant colors and abstract lines perfectly complement the robust flavors and subtle undertones of the wine. The artwork will appear on every individually numbered bottle of The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you enjoy having a bottle with dinner, this would be wonderful selection for you to enjoy while helping the Share our Strength foundation at the same time.  I could not think of a more delightful way to help.
Once again, the Capital Grille graciously invited me in. This time it was to try the wine and have dinner.  I was thrilled for this opportunity and had a wonderful dinner with my husband.  The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious and was the perfect accompaniment to our meal.
Appetizer – Prosciutto wrapped house made mozzarella.
Salad – Field greens with roasted beets, grapes, almonds and goat cheese and balsamic.

Main – Lamb Chops with cherry chutney and Ten ounce Filet

Side – Au gratin Potatoes

As always, the service is impeccable, the food is top notch and the wine delicious. If you have never been, The Capital Grille needs to be added to your list. I would like to thank the Capital Grille for their generous hospitality in allowing me to try all of their offerings and for supporting the Share Our Strength foundation.

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4740 Jefferson Street
Kansas City,  MO  64112
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