First Taste At Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Fabgrandpa and I were invited to attend the First Tastes Event at Carrabba’s Italian Grill the other night.

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We had never been to Carrabba’s before, so we were excited to be going. I had received a copy of the new item menu, along with pictures, so that we were really looking forward to this.

Me with Susan, the manager

Me with Susan, the manager

When we got there, we were greeted by the location manager, Susan, who took us to a table and gave us a drink and an appetizer because we got there half an hour early. She knew we were coming and asked me a little bit about my blog. That impressed me, because she took the time to get to know who was coming to her restaurant.

The family table

The family table

When the First Tastes started, we were seated at a long, tall table with other people who were there for the event. The food was served “family style” which meant we shared with others at the table. We sampled some of everything on the menu.

our "family" at the table

our “family” at the table

The first thing served was the Fire Roasted Stuffed Mushrooms. These were made with Crimini mushrooms stuffed sausage, red bell peppers, fennel, sauteed onion, brioche bread crumbs, artichoke hearts and romano cheese. The fennel was a very nice touch!

Fire Roasted Mushrooms

Fire Roasted Mushrooms

Oh! so good! I know we will order some next time we go. They are not gluten free, but they did taste good.They were accompanied by Sangria with citrus fruits:

Sangria

Sangria

The next thing they brought out was the Rigatoni Al Forno. This was a large pasta with marinara sauce, fennel italian sausage, and ricotta cheese. Again, not gluten free, but I did take a bite or two and it was delish! Carrabba’s, I wish you would have at least one pasta dish made with gluten free pasta.

Rigatoni Al Forno

Rigatoni Al Forno

The rigatoni was served with white Chardonay wine. It was a little bit sweet, which I love, and little bit dry.

Chardonay

Chardonay

Next up was one of my favorites of the night, Cedar Plank-Fired Salmon. This is pan seared, topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and fire-roasted on a cedar plank, topped with lemon butter sauce.  My only complaint about this taste was that we only got a little bit of it!

Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon

The wine paired with this dish was the Vogel Pinot Noir, a dark red wine with a spicey flavor.

Bistecca Ardente

Bistecca Ardente

Fabgrandpa’s favorite: Bistecca Ardente. USDA Center cut sirloin wood-grilled, topped with imported bleu cheese, roasted tomatoes and fresh basil. I have never been a fan of bleu cheese until I tasted this. The pairing of the cheese, the basil and the steak was superb! And everyone at the table was talking about how good those roasted baby carrots were.

And then there was dessert!

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

I have only had Creme Brulee once before in my life, and it was home made by a friend. This one was soooo goood! The menu descibes it a a rich custard prepared with Madagascar vanilla bean and topped with torched sugar, whipped cream, and strawberries. I was sad to see the last bite go!

Fabgrandpa and I enjoyed our First Taste

Fabgrandpa and I enjoyed our First Taste

Carrabba’s Italian Grill has several locations around metro Atlanta. We went to the one in Douglasville, on Chappel Hill Rd.

First Tastes is an exclusive preview event that occurs nationally on the same day at the launch of a new seasonal menu at Carrabba’s. Amici Club Members and a guest enjoy a complimentary tasting hosted by the managing partner of each Carrabba’s Italian Grill location. Carrabba’s Amicis, Italian for friends, are a group of customers who are brand loyalists and have asked to receive invitations to complimentary events, exclusive offers, flavorful rewards, and inside information about Carrabba’s.

About Karen Eidson

Karen Eidson is telling the world way too much about her, whether they want to know it or not. She writes about her life of living full time in an RV, eating a gluten free diet, things she does for fun, and things that are important to her. She makes you look at photos of her grandchildren, talk about her husband's survival of oral cancer, and shows you things she has made. You know you want to look.

Comments

  1. We don’t have a Carabbas anywhere near, so I’ve never tried their food but you have me wanting to find one soon. Those mushrooms and the rigatoni look delicious! I’m glad y’all had a good time and got to try out some fabulous food.

  2. I love Carabbas. My favorite is the Pollo Rosa Maria. If you ever need company to an event like this again, I am sure I can free up my calendar!! Great, now I want to go to Carabbas!!

  3. I, too, was invited to this at our local Carrabba’s in Sarasota, Fl. last week but was unfortunately away last week and missed it. I do hope to be reinvited to the next one that you have since I have been a member of Amici club for over two years and this was the first invitation. It sure looks yummy as always.

  4. Love that it was a family style dinner. Those stuffed mushrooms look sooooooooooo good. I could just eat a pound of them for my whole dinner.

  5. we pass this place all the itme but i have never been in. gonna have to fix that.

  6. Alan and I LOVE Carrabba’s on Chapel Hill, it’s one of our Fave places to eat around Douglasville :)

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