Recently I was invited to a wine tasting and dinner at Sage Grille located in Highwood, IL. First off, I would like to thank owners Paul Preston and Chuck Rhea for the opportunity to preview their new establishment. That being said, Executive Chef Greg Darrah and GM/Wine Director Mark Melzer did an exceptional job combining their talents to pair exquisite cuisine with a masterful wine selection. Greg and his team were awesome in the preparation and presentation of the entrées. Mark is an inexhaustible source of knowledge for those who aren’t quite sure about pairing wine and meals.
The décor of the restaurant is extremely stylish and contemporary. Comparable, and in some cases, surpassing anything upscale found in the “big city.” However, Greg and Mark bring a very small town and personable feel to the environment. Its so warm and inviting, you’ll want to kick your shoes off — but I wouldn’t recommend it! It’s a quick train ride north on the Metra or a nice drive on the Edens from the city, but regardless how you get there, it’s well worth the trip! Check out www.sagegrille.com for more information. Thanks also to Jim Lee and Chrissy Cox for hosting the event.
Slideshow: Sage Grill