Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Creating great holiday memories

At this time of the year, I always get a renewed sense of energy, which is probably why the season gets penned as "the hectic holiday season". When you are in the restaurant (and wine) business, you definitely shift into a new gear. The event and party calendar takes on a life of its own and you have to manage it, crafting available seating with the demands and needs of your guests.

I know I have said this in the past, but I really love the holiday season. I enjoy the heighten camaraderie that you get to share when you host a large event. When we host a large or even a smaller gathering at Mercy, there is such a sense of purpose in the air. We get to showcase what Mercy has to offer to a multitude of new guests all at once and that is really, so much fun !

Over the years, we have hosted quite a few events and they all hold special memories for us. While we have many events scheduled for this December, we still have availability so please do not delay as choice dates and event times, will go quickly. Call us or drop us an e-mail, we would really enjoy sharing Mercy with your friends and business acquaintances.

We look forward to creating some new great holiday memories with you.

Mike Castagne
Operations Manager

Monday, November 22, 2010

Blue no more

Thank goodness the voting is done!!! Thanks to your support Proposition 1 passed in Addison and the town will now allow wine and beer to be sold for off premises consumption. This means that you will be able to come into Mercy and take home a bottle of your favorite wine. You will be free to purchase as much of it as you like. Surrounding towns have all passed this or have had this available to them, putting to bed some of the old blue laws put into place over 50 years ago. Dallas passed the bill as well by a large margin. You will now be able to go into your corner grocery store as well, to purchase beer and wine. The biggest advantage of this new ruling is that it will hopefully attract a large grocery store into Village on the Parkway. This will be a big convenience for residents and certainly be boost to the city tax revenue.

There is one final obstruction for us at Mercy as it seems there is a zoning restriction for the Village on the Parkway preventing implementation of the new ordinance. In January the city council is taking up a zoning change and hopefully will fix this. Once passed, we have to apply for a special use permit and the city will have final say as to who can and who can’t sell wine and beer for off premises consumption. We are expecting that by February or March, we will be able to offer you our wines to purchase and take home. We have already begun making plans for more Mercy logo promotional items to help launch this new part of the business. Stay tuned, we have some good things planned.

Meanwhile we have been working hard to revamp our website. It is our hope to go into next year with a lot more functionality and interactivity with the Mercy website. We have some exciting things planned that you’ll want to stay tuned for.

If you haven’t tried some of our new menu items we hope to see you soon. At the request of a guest we have added a surf and turf to the menu along with beautiful sea scallops. New salads and new chocolate have been added to the desert menu as well.

From all of us at Mercy, we wish you the happiest of Thanksgiving. We appreciate and are thankful for your continued support throughout these seven and a half years. We will continue to work hard to make Mercy the “Best Part of Your Day”!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Glen Agritelley

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

From the Private Stash

Often used in Bordeaux-style red blends, the Petit Verdot varietal is known as the “small green”. You have to pick the grapes in late or usually mid October. You will sometimes loose some of the crop if you get too much rain from the fall seasons. In the warmer climates of the New World, however, the varietal ripens more reliably.

Petit Verdot is commonly used as a seasoning in blends to add stronger acidity, tannins and shades of dark purple. As a varietal wine, Petit Verdot displays flavors of blackberries along with aromas of banana and notes of violets and leather when mature.

Bringing Petit Verdot to Mercy, we found one from Argentina from my good friend Don Baltazar. It is has already become a new favorite of the staff. But don't look for it to make the wine list. The staff likes to talk it up on their own and sell it from their "private stash" as they call it.

Ask for it. $13 glass $40 bottle .

Vincent Havard
General Manager and Operating Partner