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Explore the Wines of Italy at Rizzo's with Chef Michael Patrick & Tiffany Werne

Join us for our May wine tasting and Italian fusion dinner at Rizzo's in Downtown Memphis!

Friday, May 11, 2012

7:00 pm


Chef Michael Patrick of Rizzo's and sommelier Tiffany Werne are teaming up to offer the Mid South Italian Club a special evening of fine Italian dining and wine!

Michael has designed an exclusive menu just for this occasion and Tiffany has carefully selected wines from different regions of Italy to complement our meal. Great food, great wine and great company!

Aperitivo at 7 pm

Cena/Dinner at 7:30 pm


Aperitivo Formaggi & Prosciutto with Lamberti Rose Prosecco

Primo piatto with Cà Donini Pinot Grigio
Roasted Ripley Tomato Gazpacho, Cucumber Relish or Zucchini Cakes, Balsamic Reduction, Fried Basil Chip

Secondo Piatto with Cà Donini Pinot Noir &  Marzianno Abbona Barbera
Smoked Portabella, Tomato, Farfalle, Black Eyed Pea Crème Fraîche or Southern Style Cajun Stuffed Braciola or Chicken al Gorgonzola over Wild Rice

Dolce with Zebo Moscato
Banana White Chocolate Bread Pudding or Chocolate & Raspberry Tartufo

Caffè Lungo

The charge for the evening is $65/person and that includes selection of four courses, five italian wines, coffee, corkage fee & tip.

Seating is limited to 25 people ONLY & early reservation is required before noon Tuesday May 8. You may prepay online at the Meetup website with a credit card, or at Rizzo’s with a check payable to “MSIC” or with cash.  No other paying option will be available for this event.  Please contact your host, Anastasio, through this site for questions.

Rizzo’s regular menu includes a variety of  fusion southern dishes with class including the lobster pronto pup, that you can’t find anywhere else! Chef Michael Patrick has worked among other places in Elvis Presley’s Memphis, Erling Jensen: The Restaurant,  Sekisui Pacific Rim and  McEwen’s.  Michael Patrick has now moved to his own space downtown which has become a downtown neighborhood spot.

Parking is available at the Civil Rights museum parking lot (on Mulberry str by GE Patterson), by the farmers' market parking lot as well as on Main St & GE Patterson.

Tiffany Werne is the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Frederick Wildman & Sons. Tiffany has been in the wine business for over 25 years now and lives in Memphis TN. Trained and certified, Tiffany holds her Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators as well as a certification from the International Sommelier Guild. She has traveled to the wine regions in Australia, Argentina, Chile, France, California, Washington & Oregon to pursue her knowledge and passion for fine wine. Your palate is her passion.

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  • Ann S.

    A wonderful evening all around. I enjoyed meeting everyone. The meal and the wines were first-rate. I loved the Prosecco and the dessert wine. Chef Mike Patrick and his staff did a stellar job. Kudos to Hillary, our principal wait staff.

    May 13, 2012

  • Ornella M.

    Un'altro successo per il gruppo! Anastasio sei GRANDE!!!! Buon cibo, buon vino e buona compagnia!

    May 12, 2012

  • Mariella

    Great Evening Anastasio and Gretchen! The wine was super and the company wonderful. Thanks for organizing such a wonderful evening with friends.

    May 12, 2012

  • Garry Del C.

    Bravissimo Anastasio!!

    May 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The event was wonderful -- great location, super food, and really fun conversation. What a great evening!

    May 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael Patrick prepared an outstanding menu for us, and Tiffany Werne's wine selection was perfectly paired with it! Thank you both!

    May 12, 2012

  • Gretchen

    Anastasios, you did an amazing job! Dinner was great and the wine was perfect. The best part was the really felt like it we were in Italy. Grazie!

    May 12, 2012

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  • Gretchen +3
    Sustaining Member, Co-Chairman, Board of Directors, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Ornella M.
    Basic Member, Member Board of Directors, Co-Organizer
  • Mariella +1
    Basic Member, Member Board of Directors, Co-Organizer
  • Garry Del C.
    Chairman, sponsoring member & member Team Badda Bocce, Organizer
  • Ann S.
    Sustaining Member
  • Mary Beth Del C.
    Sustaining Member, Co-Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
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Your organizer's refund policy for Explore the Wines of Italy at Rizzo's with Chef Michael Patrick & Tiffany Werne

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 1 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: We're happy to offer a refund if you decide you can't make it. We just ask that you give us 48 hours notice so that we can notify Michael and Tiffany.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

Our Sponsors

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    As a member of the Mid South Italian Club you receive a 10% discount

  • Creature Comforts

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  • Edison Wingate & Artistic Landscape

    The Mid South's only bocce design build provides us financial support

  • Handyworks

    John Mc Neil & Handyworks provides financial support.

  • Greg Harris Interior Design

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