Ruggles Black opened their doors to a group of
local influencers on March 31, 2015. The group consisted of local food, fashion
and lifestyle bloggers. They invited a select group of us out for a taste of spring.
And, oh boy did spring taste good.
evening began with a little mingling, in which guests, some familiar and some
not, shared knowledge and excitement about this tasting and Houston’s booming
food scene. A smooth and light class of The Calling Chardonnay was poured to start as the bloggers went
around the restaurant taking pictures and meeting and interviewing Chef Bruce
Molzan. As mentioned before, Molzan was former Chef at Ruggles Green and
Corner Table before his venture out into Ruggles Black. The restaurant is aesthetically pleasing and hip; it was crafted by Molzan and partner Neera Patidar.
To follow, all guest received a refreshing
glass of “The Long Drive Cocktail”; a refreshing
cocktail that tastes as refreshing as an icy glass of green tea. In other words, you couldn’t tell there was
any liquor in this drink, which to me equals to a perfectly crafted drink. What
followed? Chef Bruce Molzan “The
King of Paleo” presented his delicious Paleo treats, made with local
ingredients from farmers. The food was paired with select Hoopla wines from Nappa Valley. We all received a surprise visit from the son of Michele Satta, a famous winemaker in Bolgheri, a tiny town near Tuscany, Italy. I had the chance of chatting with Giacomo as I shared my thoughts on the Satta “Piastraia” and Satta “Castagni.” My descriptions of the tastes were exactly what both wines were intended to taste(who knew little old me knew how to taste wine). Back to the food, why don’t I just let
you see for yourself?
|Fried Oysters with Caviar. My second favorite dish, the creamy sauce with the Caviar went perfectly with the oysters|
|Mahi Mahi Paleo Tacos. My other favorite; so light and flavorful!|
|Roasted local Beets and Pork Belly Salad (beets were from Gundermann Acres and pork was from Black Hills Ranch). I love love beets! I’ve never had pork in a salad but they went well together.|
|Paleo Fried Rice with Sweet Potato and Coconut Encrusted Snapper|
|With Chef Bruce Molzan|
|With Giacomo Satta, son of Michele Satta|