Michael Jordan and I just missed each other walking the beautiful campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I attended graduate school and he, well, played a little bit of basketball. I moved to Chicago for work and MJ followed to have a stint of playing ball with the Chicago Bulls. It was at Chicago’s United Center that I was able to see in real life this legendary icon that positively affects others with his athleticism and charity. It will be an honor to celebrate his 50th birthday with a food and wine pairing which is as inspirational as he!
To celebrate Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday this February, Michael Jordan’s Steak House is pulling out all the stops. With locations in New York on the balcony overlooking Grand Central Terminal, in Chicago on the Magnificent Mile and in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun, each restaurant will offer a five-course Terlato wine dinner February 17 that will take guests on a journey of the basketball legend’s life and career through the past five decades. Additionally, each restaurant will offer a celebratory slice of decadent chocolate cake to all tables that dine on Jordan’s birthday, February 17.
Finally, fans from coast to coast will have the rare opportunity to bid on 15 bottles of wine hand-selected and autographed by Michael Jordan, as well as 3 autographed ‘Official NBA’ basketballs, with all proceeds benefiting Citymeals-on-Wheels in New York City,Meals on Wheels in Chicago and Community Renewal Team in Hartford, Connecticut.
Details are as follows:
- Five-Course Wine Dinner to Celebrate 50 Years: For 20 Michael Jordan enthusiasts in each location — Chicago, New York and Connecticut – guests will have the opportunity to dine and imbibe their way through Michael Jordan’s career and life with a special menu created in collaboration with the culinary teams at all three steak houses. Featuring wines that are personal favorites from Jordan’s wine cellar, for $125 (exclusive of tax and gratuity) diners will enjoy:
First Course: Shrimp Cocktail with 23-Spice Cocktail Sauce
Paired with Chimney Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Chef Cenobio Canalizo, Executive Chef Michael Jordan’s The Steak House NYC
The fourth of five children, Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. His family lived in Brooklyn for just 18 months while James Jordan, Michael’s father, went through mechanical training. After finishing his training, the family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where Jordan eventually attended Emsley A. Laney High School and excelled in baseball, football, and basketball.
Second Course: Pan Roasted Sea Scallop
with Anson Mills Grits, Blue Crab & Hazelnuts
Paired with Sanford La Rinconada Chardonnay 2009
Chef James O’Donnell, Executive Chef Michael Jordan’s Restaurants
In 1981, Jordan earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged nearly 18 points and 5 rebounds per game and was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore and junior seasons. After winning numerous “College Player of the Year” awards his junior year, Jordan left North Carolina to enter the NBA Draft.
Third Course: ‘Maxwell Street’ Style Duroc Pork Tenderloin
Pickled Mustard Seeds, Cippolini Onion Jam, Lardo Fries
Paired with Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Chef Craig Couper, Chef de Cuisine Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago
In 1984, the Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick. During his first season in the NBA, Jordan averaged 28.2 points per game on 51.5% shooting and quickly became a fan favorite, eventually winning Rookie of the Year. Jordan went on to lead the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles, and was voted the Finals MVP a record six times.
Fourth Course: 50-Day Dry Aged Wagyu Ribeye Steak
Creamed Spinach Gnudi & Saba
Paired with Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Stag’s Leap District 2008
Chef Todd Mark Miller, Executive Chef Michael Jordan’s Steak House Mohegan Sun
Arguably the best basketball player to play the game, Michael Jordan’s career accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Fifth Course: Goat Cheese Custard
Spiced Cherries, Sea Salt Caramel, Cocoa Nib Crumble
Paired with Chimney Rock “Elevage” 2003
Chef Hillary Rikower, Pastry Chef Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago
After his third retirement, Jordan kept busy playing golf, spending time with his family and supporting various charities. Jordan also delved into the restaurant business, opening his first steak house in New York in 1998, followed by steak houses in Mohegan Sun and Chicago. In 2006, Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, eventually buying majority ownership making him the first former NBA player ever to become majority owner of a league franchise.
- Autographed Wine Bottles and NBA Basketballs for Charity: All three steak houses will auction five bottles of wine, hand-selected and autographed by Michael Jordan. This marks the first time Jordan has ever autographed a wine bottle, making it an exclusive item and priceless for fans and collectors. Each restaurant will also be auctioning an ‘Official NBA’ basketball, also signed by Jordan. Fans across the country have a chance to win these exclusive and rare autographed keepsakes, the auction for the following will be held online at www.charitybuzz.com beginning in February. Proceeds will entirely benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels in New York City, Meals on Wheels in Chicago and Community Renewal Team in Hartford, Connecticut.
- 3 autographed bottles of 2011 Chimney Rock Fume Blanc
- 3 autographed bottles of 2010 Sanford Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
- 3 autographed bottles of 2009 Sanford, “Sanford and Benedict Vineyards” Pinot Noir
- 3 autographed bottles of 2008 Chimney Rock, Stags Leap District, Cabernet
- 3 autographed bottles of 2008 Chimney Rock, “Elevage,” Bordeaux Blend
- 3 autographed ‘Official NBA’ basketballs
- Happy Birthday to… Everyone! For those who can’t make the wine dinner, but still want in on celebrating Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday, all three restaurants are offering a slice of celebratory chocolate cake to each table who dines on Jordan’s birthday, Sunday, February 17.
Prices listed are exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations for the five-course wine dinners on February 17, please call:
- Chicago: (312) 321-8823
- New York City: (212) 655.2300
- Mohegan Sun: (860) 862-8600