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Looking for something different to do with family and friends? Go out to eat and grill your own steak or salmon.
That is exactly what Valley Vineyards Winery, near Morrow Ohio, offers to their guests and they love it. Not only is it a unique way to introduce people to their local Ohio wines to increase sales but it creates memories because it is such a different experience for the participants.
My husband and I tried it recently and enjoyed it immensely. We were like babes in the woods — not knowing what to do but found that we were quick learners.
This is how it works. The price is $55 per couple and includes a bottle of wine, choice of entre (steak or salmon), salad, corn-on-the-cob, bread, baked potato, and desserts — all-you-can-eat except for the entre.
When you arrive, they give you 3 tickets – one each for your entre and one per couple for a bottle of wine.
If you are not familar with their wines, you can then proceed to their wine tasting bar and have fun tasting their offerings.
When you are ready to move on, you go pick up your raw steak or salmon entre and head on out to the charcoal grills that are hot and waiting for you outside.
You put on your favorite seasonings and let the sizzling begin.
We saw another couple take the bread and make garlic toast on the grill. Why didn’t we think of that! We quickly proceeded to follow suit.
I had no idea how long to cook my salmon and they suggested 5 minutes on each side. I ended up cooking it a little less to try to keep it moist.
When our entres were cooked to our personal tastes, we put them on plates and went back inside to get the rest of the trimmings and eat in their Bavarian-looking dining room that was air-conditioned.
We were there early (at 5:00 when they first opened) and enjoyed watching other people arriving. Most people were dressed in shorts – very casual, as you would expect for an outdoor grilling experience. Most tables were for 6-8 people, which surprised me. This obviously was a popular fun outing for getting together with friends and family.
We had a great time and overate as you would expect. Even my husband had a good time.