NUNN IN THE OVEN
Cooper's Hawk Soars Into the New Year
Sat. January 2, 2021 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants threw a massive celebration to ring in the new year with a new twist. The company made the decision to toast virtually and safely this time with their subscribers, even offering a special carryout dinner that was just spectacular.
The Hawk has its roots in Illinois, but has successfully expanded all over the country, while building a loyal following that has proved very valuable during tough times. For the end of 2020, patrons could order a delicious meal to go to be picked up at their local restaurant location beforehand, then reheat it in their homes timed to a special online presentation from the Cooper's Hawk team on December 31.
Even someone like me, who is challenged by cooking and following instructions, was able to create a meal at home with the chef's assistance remotely.
Founder Tim McEnery was onhand for the group Zoom call, along with Chef Matt McMillin, for a brief introduction, then various CW locations toasted to clebrate. Master Sommelier Emily Wines kept the party moving along with witty banter and stories before the call ended.
For those that were sheltered at home for the holiday, this event certainly brought some cheer to their New Year's Eve. The spirit of the virtual endeavor was kept light and fun to accompany the gourmet meal with many special guests that have had history with the restaurant over the years.
The take home dinner began with creamy truffle bisque that really hit the spot. After a quick warm up from the oven, filet medallions and lobster tails were then served along with broccolini and mashed potatoes. The dessert included a rich, chocolate mousse pie and a variety of toppings to go with it. The details of producing a carryout meal were obviously well thought out, even including garnishments, to add to to your plate if desired.
The dynamic food from the wine focused restaurant group continually surprises me in terms of quality and portions. Their retail merchandise is also impressive after growing over the years to include a massive glassware collection and decorative candles, among other items. You might need something to fill up that wine bag you purchase at their gift store, so the monthly Cooper's Hawk Wine Club, from the establishment, should do the trick. This is where subscribers hear about special offers and events such as the recent virtual toast. There are email reminders each month that tell subscribers that their wine is ready for pick up. It's really perfect for those that want to experiment and learn more about the world of wine.
The advent calendar box of wine called the12 Nights of Christmas, offered by the company, makes a great gift for anyone on your shopping list for $99.99. There are 12 half-sized bottles, that include seven red wines, three white wines and two sparkling wines. The almond sparkling wine was a special standout in the gift set with a flavor that wasn't overpowering to the palate. Pair it with the right dessert in your life for a perfect combination of longlasting sweetness.
During the Zoom party, CEO McEnery mentioned big announcements are coming to revolutionize the future of Cooper's Hawk in 2021.
Stay tuned to CHWinery.com for upcoming information on what the restaurant will bring to the table this year.