The now-international company behind Ruth's Chris Steak House famously got its start on North Broad Street in 1965 when a Tulane lab tech named Ruth Fertel mortgaged her home to buy the old Chris Steakhouse. That company moved its headquarters to the Orlando, Fla., area right after Hurricane Katrina, but its local roots still run deep.
This month is the 40th anniversary of its Metairie location (3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.com), the company's first expansion. To mark the milestone, the Metairie restaurant is serving a four-course anniversary wine dinner on April 22. The menu includes a few vintage dishes no longer normally offered on the Ruth's Chris menu — including tomato salad and white chocolate bread pudding — and wine pairings for each course. Those wines include a 1972 Robert Mondavi cabernet sauvignon in honor of the year the restaurant opened. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $125 per person, plus tax and tip.