The Carlton Restaurant

Archives: November 2009

Holiday Parties at the Carlton

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TCR Dining RoomIt’s that time of year again – time for company Holiday Parties.  If your company hasn’t planned yours yet, don’t worry, it’s not too late.  Contact us at 412.391.4152 to talk to our wonder Manager Bill Kunkel, who can help you with all of your planning needs!

The Carlton is the perfect venue for your private parties of 20-45 people or larger groups up to 120. We employ a team of polished and poised professionals eager to serve you! Their goal is “Winning One Customer at a Time”, and they are focused on providing superior service to each and every table. We pride ourselves in giving that extra effort to make your party special. We will design a menu with your tastes and budget in mind, offer you plenty of variety and guarantee you an evening that will create a great memory for years to come.

The Carlton’s 25th Anniversary – December 10

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The Cartlon's 25th AnniversaryWe are going to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary on December 10, 2009! All guests joining us for dinner on that day (The Carlton’s actual 25th birthday) will enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, will be able to choose from several dinner selections priced at $25 and sample some of Pastry Chef Jeff Julin’s birthday cake for dessert!

Thank you for keeping us in business for 25 years!  We are overwhelmed and appreciative of your support.  It really seems like yesterday that we opened our doors.  Next summer we will remodel and prepare for the next 25 years!  As our architects are hard at work, we can promise that the look and cuisine of the “New Carlton” will be better than ever!

This Week’s Wine Wisdom

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Wine Toast In the early 6th Century B.C., the Greeks were toasting to the health of their friend’s to assure them that the wine they were about to drink wasn’t poisoned.  In those days, spiking wine with poison was a common way to dispose of an enemy, silence competition, prevent a messy divorce, and so forth. It thus became a symbol of friendship for the host to pour wine from a common pitcher, drink it before his guests, and satisfied that it was a good experience, raise his glass to his friends to do likewise.

The practice of toasting was also popular with the Romans. The term “toast” comes from the Roman practice of dropping a piece of burnt bread into the wine. This was done to temper some of the bad wines the Romans sometimes had to drink. In time, the Latin tostus meaning roasted or parched, came to refer to the drink itself. In the 1700’s, party-goers even liked to toast to the health of people not present — usually celebrities and especially beautiful women. A women who became the object of many such toasts, came to be known as the “toast of the town.”

By the 1800’s, toasting was the proper thing to do. Charles Panati reported that a “British duke wrote in 1803 that ‘every glass during dinner had to be dedicated to someone,’ and that to refrain from toasting was considered ‘sottish and rude, as if no one present was worth drinking to.’ Oneway to effectively insult a dinner guest was to omit toasting him or her; it was, as the duke wrote, ‘a piece of direct contempt’.”