Wine, dine and feed your soul

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By Jackie Watson

Nurture your soul with one of life”s simple pleasures-an excellent meal, a smooth glass of wine, and to-die-for desserts. Don”t deprive yourself… give in to your cravings!

Fine dining at its best

The refined palate will want to feast on the delicacies found at the exclusive 1818 Club.

Located at the top of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building, the 1818 Club is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year with a menu chock-full of the best entrees from the last five years.

"It”s what our members have ordered over and over," said Diane Jones, general manager.

Specialties like Crab Cakes, Calamari, and Raspberry-Melon Grilled Chicken Salad are sure to please. "One of our most popular menu items is the Potato Crusted Tilapia," Jones said. The dish features sautéed filet of tilapia with cheese grits and citrus butter.

Another crowd pleaser is the Tortilla Crusted Scallops with green chili jack cheese grits, black beans and salad.

Because the executive chef rotates the menus quarterly, members of the 1818 Club don”t lack in new and exciting taste adventures. The members-only dining and social club serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ready to thrill your taste buds? Call 770-232-1818 to inquire about membership.

Brunch variety at Vines

If variety is what you”re after, check out the 60-foot buffet brunch offered by Vines Garden View Restaurant, located inside Vines Botanical Gardens in Loganville.

The Sunday brunch features a carving station, Belgian waffle and made-to-order omelet station with a dozen condiments to create your own unique egg creation. But the offerings don”t stop there.

Of the mammoth buffet, half of it is piled with breakfast favorites like egg casseroles, breakfast meats, a variety of rolls and muffins and fresh fruit. The rest of the buffet is filled with lunch items, featuring six hot entrees and vegetables.

"On the dessert buffet, there”s probably a dozen different types of cakes, pies and mousses and it is finished off with our chocolate fountain featuring fresh fruit, cream puffs, Rice krispy treats, marshmallows, and strawberries," said Joe Fidelibus, vice president.

Vines Garden View Restaurant is open for lunch on Monday through Friday, and brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 770-466-7532.

Bottoms up

If fine wine is your passion, Chateau Élan Winery in Braselton can give you a taste of a variety of local wines produced on the rich soil of the Chateau Élan vineyard.

Self-guided tours on weekdays include a tasting bar with a sampling of four of Chateau Élan”s widely acclaimed wines. "We either ask them what they would like or serve seasonal wines we”re trying to feature," said Dan Baldwin, winery director and wine maker. <

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