The Carlton Restaurant

Archives: September 2009

Wine Books

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Here are some great wine books to add to your collection!

1. How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine

2. Wine Bible by Karen McNeil

3. Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 2009 Edition

4. The University Wine Course: A Wine Appreciation Text & Self Tutorial

5. Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food

6. California Wine Country: A Sunset Field Guide

7. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine: How to Buy, Drink, & Enjoy Wine

8. The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd Edition

9. Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook

10. World Atlas of Wine


The Carlton Renews Standing Reservation at BNY Mellon Center

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The Carlton RestaurantWe are excited to announce that we have signed a 10-year lease renewal for The Carlton Restaurant at the Bank of New York  Mellon Center.

I am proud to be continuing the restaurant’s traditions of a daily-changing menu, award-winning service and the most extensive and affordable wine list in western Pennsylvania. It is the convenient location of the building that makes The Carlton an easy destination for special occasions, business dinners and pre-game or cultural event festivities.  As part of this, The Carlton will undergo extensive upgrades and renovations beginning in the summer of 2010 (right after the Penguins win another Stanley Cup!) which will include subtle enhancements to the dining area and restroom finishes, as well as updated plumbing and more. Among the anticipated design changes is the addition of a wine display in every dining room.  I don’t believe there is another restaurant in the country that has more featured wine dinners than The Carlton, and we plan to continue the tradition.

We have enjoyed wonderful employee stability at The Carlton that encourages and builds relationships between our guests and our employees.  Fay, Russ, Enzo, Bobby, Tony and Doug are all servers with long tenure, and Janet, our maitre‘d, has been with us since 1984. Chef Mark is only the third person to serve in that position since we opened, and our manager, Bill Kunkel, started with us in 1986!

While I have enjoyed serving my industry and community over these many years, right now, my total focus is on preparing The Carlton for the next 10 to 20 years. We have renovations to plan. We hope to use part of next summer to improve our facility for our guests and then re-open with a renewed commitment to being one of the very best restaurants in our region. Despite the difficult economic times that have certainly impacted disposable income and traffic in fine dining restaurants everywhere, we are hopeful that The Carlton will continue to be pleasing our guests for many years to come!

The Week’s Wine Wisdom

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Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.

While the news about red wine might sound great if you enjoy a glass of red wine with your evening meal, doctors are wary of encouraging anyone to start drinking alcohol. That’s because too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body.

Still, doctors do agree that something in red wine appears to help your heart, though it’s unclear just exactly what that “something” is. Researchers think antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called resveratrol, have promising heart-healthy benefits.

Antioxidants aren’t the only substances in red wine that look promising. The alcohol in red wine also appears to be heart healthy. Find out what’s known — and not known — about red wine and its possible heart-health benefits.