Morton’s Steakhouse Seaport Tasting Series and Boston Bruins Foundation, Seaport, Boston

Morton’s moved from their long time Back Bay location and has made a presence in the Seaport area. On a lightly drizzling evening, we circled the Seaport block several times for street parking and instead of continuing on the search, we decided to valet at the restaurant for $16.

We were looking forward to attending Morton’s Steakhouse Seaport Tasting Series  to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. On the fourth Monday of every month through November 2012, from 5:30-7:30pm patrons can enjoy a several specialty beverage selections along with Morton’s delicious Bar Bites.

We sampled a generous sampling of appetizers and drinks. Tickets are $40, inclusive of tax and gratuity and a great way to support a meaningful cause. The remaining series are on August 27 (Summer Whites), September 24 (Classic Bourbon Cocktails), October 22 (American Craft Beer) and November 26 (Wines of the Northwest).

As we entered the spacious entry, we were greeted by friendly staff and passed the open kitchen, which was filled with beautifully marbled, deep red beef.

The dark wood and spacious BAR 12•21 honors December 21, 1978, which is the date when the first Morton’s, which opened in Chicago. Morton’s bar serves specially priced bar bites Monday through Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and 9pm until close. Many of the items we sampled during the tasting were from the bar bites menu.

Proceeds of the Morton’s Steakhouse Seaport Tasting Series go to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. The Boston Bruins Foundation provides grants to organizations that improves the quality of life of children throughout New England, focusing on athletics, academics, health and community outreach.

Before we started tasting the sparkling wines, we enjoyed a bountiful fruit and cheese spread.

The homemade potato chips and onion dip was addictive. The thinly sliced and very crisp chips went well with the flavorful and creamy dip.

We sampled four different sparkling wines from various regions including Italy and California. We deeply love bubbles and our favorite was the Napa based sparkling wine.

There was a friendly representative from Silpada, one of the most successful rep in the Massachusetts region. All the proceeds were to go to the Boston Bruins Foundation.

There was a nice selection of bangles, pendants, earrings, studs and trinkets at a nice price point. We have many friends who are huge fans of the product.

We were all served Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches with a mustard mayonnaise ($7 on the Bar Bites menu). The thinly sliced filet had a nice temperature and was on a thick sesame roll.

The red Tomato, Basil and Mozzerella and Balsamic was refreshing. We liked the balsamic drizzle and fresh basil.

Our favorite item of the tasting, which folks from the Boston Bruins Foundation encouraged us to try was the Mini Prime Cheeseburgers Served on Silver Dollar Rolls with Lettuce, Tomato and Purple Onion ($7 on the Bar Bites menu). The sliders were amazingly juicy, flavorful and covered in melted cheese. The perfectly sized sliders had fresh toppings and made us want to have seconds and thirds (which we did). Must try.

The Chicken Goujonettes are crispy Fried Chicken Strips with Mustard Mayonnaise (on the Bar Bites menu for $6). The thin nicely fried chicken slices had a nice crust and were tasty with the dipping sauce.

For dessert, we enjoyed the super chocolately Mini Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake with berries.

The melty chocolate bits were easy to pop in our mouths and were really satisfying.

Morton’s also provides a soy-free and gluten-free menu. We will have to return to sample the jumbo lump crab cakes, filet mignon and Morton’s legendary sundae or pineapple upside down cake.

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