A Memorable Day and Night Out with NFL icon Dexter Manley, PGA TOUR’s Charley Hoffman and Houston Texans’ Owen Daniels!0
Power Lunching with a Legend: Dexter Manley
At Morton’s we call the series “Lunch with a Legend,” but Monday’s event in downtown DC was a pep rally of the finest sort. The rivalry between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys started on October 9, 1960 and has since become the greatest rivalry in the sport – maybe even in professional sports altogether.
The excitement for this week’s game was palpable as more than 150 Redskins fans, former players, families and media flooded Morton’s dining room for a live broadcast of ESPN980’s “The Sports Fix,” with hosts Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro. The sold out crowd donned jerseys from over the years, a majority sporting #72, the number worn by the day’s honoree, former Defensive End Dexter Manley .
Raucous applause erupted at mention of Manley’s legendary 66 sacks from 1982-1986 and his two Super Bowl rings. Former teammate Offensive Lineman George Starke arrived a few minutes late, but not without notice. Both men circled the room at commercial breaks taking photos with guests, signing autographs, and strategizing with fans how the Redskins defense could attack the injured Tony Romo.
In the end, the Cowboys prevailed in the final minutes of the game bringing the team’s record to 61-38-2 against the Redskins. The history won’t matter though. Like the classic American steakhouse, this legendary American tradition is here to stay.
Read all about it! Dexter Manley Lunch with a Legend media coverage included Washington Examiner.
Reported by Anthony Hesselius, Linda Roth Associates, Inc.
Morton’s The Steakhouse Scores a Hole-in-One With PGA TOUR Pro Charley Hoffman
The young guns of the golf world took over Morton’s The Steakhouse Las Vegas as UNLV Alumnus Charley Hoffman and 10 of his friends dropped their 7-irons to serve more than 160 guests. The guest servers who kept every wine glass filled and delivered hot entrees to the guests were Chris Riley, Bill Lunde, John Mallinger, Dean Wilson, Billy Horschel, Andres Gonzales, Ricky Barnes, D.J. Trahan, Chez Reavie and Troy Matteson.
The evening benefited the Charley Hoffman Foundation, which donated $18,000 each to five Las Vegas children’s charities – Goodie Two Shoes, Blessings in a Backpack, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Zelzah Shriners Transportation Fund. All-in-all, more than $90,000 was raised over the course of the day!
The Celebrity Server Event was the conclusion of a golf-filled day as Charley Hoffman hosted his annual Pro-Am at TPC Summerlin. Pro-Am participants, golf enthusiasts and Morton’s regulars filled the dining room with a high-energy atmosphere. Comedian George Lopez and baseball great Greg Maddux came to Morton’s as well and each won a live auction item! Maddux even donated an autographed baseball glove and baseball to the evening’s silent auction.
Morton’s first-ever Celebrity Server Event in Las Vegas was a tremendous success. A great deal of money was raised for charity, everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves and, most importantly, no plates were dropped by the guest servers!
Reported by Stephen Miller, Preferred Public Relations
OH, WHAT A NIGHT! 2nd Annual Owen Daniels Celebrity Server Event Scores Big
Cameras, lights, football stars and fans packed Morton’s the Steakhouse Houston Galleria the evening of September 26 for the 2nd Annual Owen Daniels Celebrity Server Dinner. The event sold out ten days prior and the 185 guests were ready to party and party they did. Beginning at 7 pm, Bar 12.21 was packed with guests shopping the silent action items, sampling the bar bites and ready for the action to start.
Houston Texans Tight End Owen Daniels called in the big hitters from the team to help with the fun and activities as Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, James Casey, Chris Myers, J.J. Watt, Shaun Cody, DeMeco Ryans, David Anderson, Steve Slaton, Garrett Graham and Brian Cushing demonstrated their waiter skills throughout the evening. Autographs were the number one request but players were busy refilling water glasses, serving wine, offering dressing for salads and being great sports.
The guests enjoyed a four course Morton’s dinner, silent auction, live auction including two trips to Cabo and opened their hearts and their wallets to help The Owen Daniels Catch a Dream Foundation. Highlights of the evening included the Texans players getting their waiter instructions from the Morton’s team and the live auction with Arian Foster, David Anderson and Shaun Cody demonstrating their auctioneer skills to the joy of the crowd. The big auction items were a Texans autographed 3 liter Monte Bello Red Blend bottle of wine being sold for $5,600 and the two trips to Cabo being sold for $15,000 each, all of which will benefit the Owen Daniels Catch a Dream Foundation.
Special news on the Morton’s Celebrity Server Dinners from Roger Drake, Morton’s Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications; “With two celebrity server events last night – one in Houston with Owen Daniels, and one in Las Vegas with Charley Hoffman and his PGA TOUR friends, Morton’s expects to exceed the $2 million dollar mark in proceeds raised over the past two years. Morton’s is proud to partner with stellar athletes and committed humanitarians such as Owen Daniels, who is truly focused on helping kids in Houston with his Catch a Dream Foundation work.”
Oh, what a night in Houston. Everyone went home with stories to tell, memories to cherish and knowing that they helped a great cause with Owen Daniels and the Catch a Dream Foundation.
Reported by Joe Pogge, Strike Marketing
Held over the Labor Day weekend and featuring a spectacular combination of world-class racing, the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix was a tremendous success for the city, the racers and Morton’s The Steakhouse in Baltimore.
More than 150,000 spectators and racing enthusiasts jammed Baltimore throughout the weekend, and Morton’s was right in the middle of the action, opening our bar early at 2 p.m. every day and serving thousands of our Prime Fuel sandwiches. Indycar drivers Will Power Helio Castroneves and Ryan Brisco also stopped in at Morton’s for a meal Saturday night, which no doubt helped Power win the race the next day.
We were also proud to host the weekend’s unofficial kick-off with the Morton’s Adobe Road Wine Dinner with Team Baltimore Racing (TBR) on Wednesday, August 31. Kevin Buckler, owner of Adobe Road Winery, founder of The Racer’s Group, and former championship race car driver, presented his award-winning wines. Ultimately, more than $7,500 was raised from this four-course dinner benefitted local charities supported by TBR, including The University of Maryland Children’s Center and Catholic Charities.
Power, the year’s Grand Prix leader, was effusive in his praise for the city. “They’ve put on the best race we’ve had all year,” he said. “This is what Indycar needs.”
Such praise was nearly universal in the race’s aftermath, raising speculation that the Baltimore Grand Prix will become an annual happening. Based on what we saw over the weekend, we agree with the praise and welcome the Indycar series to Baltimore anytime!
To learn more about Morton’s involvement with the Baltimore Grand Prix, check out these media clips:
Reported by Jeffrey Bukowski, Nevins & Associates
One of the largest events ever to come to downtown Baltimore, the Baltimore Grand Prix is a 2.0 mile, 13-turn street circuit, featuring a spectacular combination of world-class racing and festivities, highlighted by the American Le Mans Series. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to descend on downtown Baltimore for the race, Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, and Morton’s has a unique vantage point for the race as it is located inside the track. Check out our race map!
Throughout the race weekend, Morton’s bar will open early at 2 p.m. daily, and will be serving the Prime Fuel sandwich, a Morton’s signature steak sandwich, which consists of an eight-ounce grilled tenderloin with sautéed onions on a six-inch ciabatta roll. The cost of the sandwich is $15 served with chips, or $20 served with chips, dessert, and drink.
Furthermore, Morton’s has joined with Team Baltimore Racing (TBR), the only Maryland-based team in the race, to give back to the Baltimore community.
Look for Morton’s logo on the TBR race car, and be sure to kick off the Baltimore Grand Prix at Morton’s Adobe Road Wine Dinner with TBR on Wednesday, August 31. Meet Kevin Buckler, owner of Adobe Road Winery, founder of The Racer’s Group (TRG), and former championship race car driver, as he presents his award-winning wines. Proceeds from this four-course dinner benefit local charities supported by TBR, including Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Charities.
Last but not least, on Thursday, September 1, 5 – 6:30 p.m., TBR championship driver Marc Bunting will serve an evening of cocktails as a guest bartender to benefit Boy Scouts of America.
To learn more about Morton’s involvement with the Baltimore Grand Prix, check out these media clips:
Morton’s Baltimore Grand Prix on WJZ Morning Show ; Grand Prixver!!; ”The Fast and the Furious”; “Bars, restaurants to change game for Baltimore Grand Prix patrons”; “Scouts, sponsors turn out for Team Baltimore”; and “Businesses Plan for Grand Prix expected to draw 100,000 to Baltimore”.
Reported by Cheryl Knauer, Nevins & Associates
“Show me the money!” You might recognize this line from the hit Tom Cruise movie Jerry Maguire. For Leigh Steinberg, of whom Jerry Maguire was based on, it was a common phrase in his life. The super sports agent, and the featured Legend in our Lunch with a Legend series at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Santa Ana, sat down for a lively Q&A with ESPN’s Max Kellerman and Mark Willard while Marcellus Wiley, a former player Steinberg represented, sounded off on the phone.
Super agent Leigh Steinberg has not only represented some of the biggest names in the NFL (Steve Young, Eric Dickerson, Steve Bartkowski, Ricky Williams, and Ben Roethlisberger to name a few), but he has also consulted on major motion pictures like Jerry Maguire, Any Given Sunday, and For Love of the Game.
Clearly from the interview, Leigh Steinberg wants professional football back in Los Angeles. He believes it will get done in the near future and provided reasons why it can happen. The Los Angeles-based crowd cheered in agreement. They also cheered when Steinberg said that Dodgers’ owner, Frank McCourt “needs to go back to Boston” and for him to give Los Angeles their Dodgers back.
One great thing about Steinberg is that he was not only a legendary agent that got players’ tons of money, but he also encouraged them to give back to the local communities. He said that even before Oprah, he was helping pay for down payments to single mothers’ first homes.
In attendance with our 103 guests were former Los Angeles Rams, Vince Ferragamo (another Lunch with a Legend featured guest as well) and Mike Lansford (who was represented by Steinberg). Just as the interview ended, Leigh stood up and stated: “It’s so nice to be here at Morton’s. I used to bring potential clients here and it was always great as long as my credit card worked.” We could not agree more.
For more behind-the-scenes action, read Los Angeles Times’ Steve Virgen’s blog re-cap.
Reported by Wayne Pua
NFL fever struck fans at Morton’s The Steakhouse in downtown DC hard last week when former Chicago Bears safety and Washington Redskins defensive line coach, Richie Petitbon joined ESPN980’s “The Sports Fix” hosts, Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, for Lunch with a Legend.
The boardrooms were packed with fans sporting Redskins and Bears jerseys, the two teams with which he spent most of his career. Petitbon, though, was sporting one of what could have been any of his five Superbowl rings. He laughed with the sold-out crowd about his time with the Redskins during their ‘golden years’ from ’81 – ’92. He told tales of shutting out Joe Montana, winning the 1963 Superbowl against the Giants, and coaching alongside George Allen. Coach Petitbon even shared that he shamelessly cries every time he watches the true to life film “Brian’s Song,” based on the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, and his friendship with Bears teammate, Gale Sayers.
The New Orleans native showed his true colors (burgundy and gold of course) though when asked a question about the Dallas Cowboys. Spoken like a true Washingtonian, he remarked that despite all his time playing and coaching in the NFL that “to this day I still hate Dallas.” If you’ve been to a game in DC you know just how loud the crowd got after that line! The three-course lunch left guests satisfied, but even more so knowing that yes, there will be an NFL season this year!
Reported by Anthony Hesselius, Linda Roth Associates, Inc. and Wayne Pua
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Not many people may claim to have heard of Dan Christensen until today. He’s not a famous movie star but to all of us at Morton’s The Steakhouse, he’s an A-List celebrity. We might even go as far as calling him a mascot but we wouldn’t want to make him blush (too much). A Salt Lake City-based psychiatrist and professor at the University of Utah, Dan has dined at more Morton’s restaurants than you can shake a Mortini at and tonight officially ends “The Quest” to visit every Morton’s The Steakhouse worldwide with dinner at Morton’s Boston Seaport.
After nearly a decade and countless meals, Dan will bite into his first Morton’s prime steak. Christensen’s journey began in 2002 when a simple craving for Morton’s salmon evolved into an extravagant goal of dining in each of Morton’s 77 worldwide outposts. From a “one night-only” dining extravaganza where he transformed his home in Bountiful, Utah into a Morton’s restaurant (featuring Morton’s salmon and a celebrity photo wall) to re-routing travel plans to hit all of Morton’s Pan-Asian locations, Christensen’s fondness for Morton’s top-notch cuisine and unwavering commitment to guest service speaks for itself.
Here, Dan breaks onion bread with us and offers up some delicious insight about his secret Morton’s pleasure and whom he’d share a memorable meal with.
Full name and occupation?
Daniel D. Christensen, M.D.
What is your hometown?
Which is your favorite “on the road” Morton’s?
What has been your biggest challenge in life?
Attempting to raise three happy, mature, accomplished beautiful daughters.
What do you consider your greatest success?
Raising three happy, mature, accomplished beautiful daughters.
What is in your glass at Morton’s?
What is the oldest wine you have drunk?
I’ve never liked wine.
What is your secret Morton’s pleasure?
Morton’s shrimp cocktail sauce on the beefsteak tomato salad (my own recipe).
Who is the person you would most enjoy dining with at Morton’s?
Morton’s CEO, Chris Artinian.
How many Morton’s have you visited?
77 including Boston Seaport on May 27.
An excerpt from “The Quest” (a heart-warming, chronological account of one man’s personal mission to dine at every Morton’s restaurant in the world):
“During these early Morton’s years, I became increasingly intrigued by the possibility of discovering the secret of their amazing salmon. Maybe I could discover and perfect Morton’s process of salmon preparation, somehow pilfer their beurre blanc sauce recipe and enjoy Morton’s salmon at home as often as I chose. I never asked, but was certain that the key to Morton’s salmon was top secret.
Numerous evenings were spent at home in earnest experimentation. I eventually settled on the best local vendor for fresh salmon and developed a reasonable grasp of the broiling process. Beurre blanc was much more challenging. By early 2004 my “Morton’s salmon” was good, far from perfect and not getting any better. I figured it was finally time to open “Morton’s of Bountiful”. I was the GM, chef and a server. My wife, Jan, was decorator/designer, hostess and our second server. Frank Sinatra crooned in the background.
This was among the first Morton’s to be above ground with view windows. My lack of artistic talent rendered our “Morton’s of Bountiful” logo only a rough approximation of the authentic – no judge would ever rule it an infringement. The false wall we erected to separate the dining table (only one) from the kitchen was covered with photos of famous people who, we implied, had been previous guests – Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemmingway, Abraham Lincoln. Most intriguing was Salvador Dali whose eyes eerily followed as you moved around the room.
We had accepted two reservations for parties of two – a good fit for the table. A major challenge was how to have our guests only order the few things I knew how to cook. Our approach worked perfectly. Jan’s parents (reservation #1) wouldn’t order anything expensive and Mandy & Shawn (reservation #2, aka our daughter and her boyfriend) couldn’t. Menu pricing was the key. It pays to know your clientele.
Regrettably, Morton’s of Bountiful closed later that night, never to reopen, though we went out with pride and fond memories. It had been a great meal with impeccable service and a charmed ambience – the closest Bountiful will ever get to the real thing.”
Stay tuned for next week’s blog which will feature photos and feedback from Dan’s 77th Supper at Morton’s in Boston Seaport plus more excerpts from his tasty tome, “The Quest”!
“If you love what you do, keep doing it and hope for the best.” — Mike Quade
Ask any Chicagoan to list their favorite things about their hometown, and you can bet the mortgage that the Chicago Cubs would be at the top of their hot list. On Tuesday, April 19 Cubs Manager, Mike Quade (pronounced KWAH-dee) gave fans something to feast on (in addition to big prime steaks and legendary desserts) when he talked the art of baseball during a sold-out ESPN Radio’s ‘‘Lunch With a Legend’’ series at Morton’s The Steakhouse in downtown Chicago. During the live taping of ESPN 1000′s The Waddle & Silvy Show, we found out the Evanston-born legend rides the CTA, lives around the corner from Wrigley Field and a perfect day in June would include (surprise!) … a Cubs game. The following are some of our favorite excerpts from the live broadcast:
Marc “Silvy” Silverman: You managed this team last year on an interim basis but then got the job right after the regular season ended. You went through your first Spring Training as a big league manager and now you’re a bout a month into the job. How would you sum everything up?
Quade: It is a dream come true and something I’ve worked really hard to get an opportunity to do. I was prepared for this and I think things are going well. I had a blast last year and felt comfortable the last six weeks. We’ve put together a great staff and I knew the players coming into camp. We can play better baseball there’s no question, but these guys give me a quality effort every night.
Silvy: We want to know who Starlin Castro is. Is he a lead-off guy or is he more a Number 3 guy, more like a Aramis Ramirez? Who is Starlin Castro?
Quade: I think that’s what we’re all going to find out> Starling will tell us who he is. It’s always like, “What are you going to do with this guy?” Those guys make the lineup; I don’t. Everybody thinks that I do, but normally a player will help do that for you so we toyed around with putting him in the one-hole. The kid’s great. He’s an exciting offensive player but I’m probably more happy that he’s doing such a great job defensively.
Tom Waddle: How good can he be defensively?
Quade: Very good. He’s got great range and a strong arm. He just turned 21 and have to tell myself that when I get frustrated and mistakes are made. More times it’s lack of experience then lack of talent. He likes to work and he really likes to play the game.
Silvy: We hear about the different approach of managers. What is your situation like – do you keep the door open in your office? Are you mingling with players before the game? What’s your approach to dealing with the players and their personalities?
Quade: Door’s open. I like the banter and the back-and-forth with them. I think they know they can have a little fun with me but there’s always got to be a little bit of a line there. I try to get as close to it as I can. I want them to feel comfortable. I’m an open book with these guys and that’s the way I always want it to be.
Silvy: What was it like to coach under Lou Piniella?
Quade: It was an experience that’s for sure! He’s a tough son of a gun and he doesn’t like losing a game of jacks. You’re on your toes constantly, especially being his Third Base Coach. That’s the toughest place to be. Our relationship over the four years got so good. I still call him for advice.
Waddle: Are you enjoying the experience or are you so involved in your job that you don’t even realize that you’re the manager of the Chicago Cubs?
Quade: I love managing and like the daily work involved, whether it’s putting lineups together or talking to players about what you expect from them that night. I am having fun and people always say to take a minute and enjoy it. I’m enjoying every minute.
Click here to learn more about Morton’s ‘Lunch with a Legend’ series throughout the U.S.
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE MLB MANAGER? MORTON’S WANTS TO KNOW!
As the nation celebrates its military veterans, Morton’s also honors the brave men and women who have served and protected our country for generations. We join the rest of the nation on Veteran’s Day in remembering the sacrifices of America’s 25 million veterans and expressing our gratitude for your service and keeping our country safe!
Around the nation, Morton’s The Steakhouse is a gathering place for heart-warming reunions and special events that cater to the freedoms that we enjoy every day due to our veterans’ sacrifices.
In San Antonio the organization called Draft has bought out the restaurant tonight for its 3rd Annual “Segs4Vets” dinner tonight! As part of their mission, Draft gives soldiers the opportunity to lead a more mobile life by using a Segway, versus a wheelchair. These Segways are given as gifts to soldiers during a special ceremony at The Alamo. Afterward, military dignitaries, supporters, and soldiers dine at Morton’s to thank them for their service. Over 140 guests are expected to attend this very moving event.
Dallas also hosts a celebratory VIP Marines reunion that grows more popular every year. Marines and their guests kick off the evening mingling in the bar and sharing their heart-warming stories. Then the party continues in the dining room for a tributary Veteran’s Day dinner. The evening always ends on a sweet note when a “Marine Cake” is served, but is first cut by the 1) the youngest marine and 2) the oldest marine.
Last Friday, Boca Raton was the place to be for military-spotting. The Honorable Men in Uniform Bartender charity event took place in Morton’s private boardrooms where our very own Assistant Manager Brian Faeth (and a former Marine), along with Boca Raton’s Chief of Police and the Chief of the Fire Department, served up beer, wine and a specialty cocktail – the “Off Duty Double” – to over 100 friends, family and guests. The festive event, which featured a silent auction and raffle, raised over $5,000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
When you walk in the door to any of the 76 worldwide Morton’s locations, you never know who you might see sitting at the bar, in a booth or walking in to one of the private dining rooms. We’re lucky enough to host some of the most famous…from the red carpet, the locker room and the campaign trail! Here’s just a few of the recent celebrity sightings…
- Newlyweds Meghan Fox and Brian Austin Green, Jeremy Piven and his Entourage. January Jones, Vera Wang, Michelle Rodriguez, Dennis Farina, New Orleans Saints (including Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton) and Michael Clark Duncan at Morton’s in New Orleans.
- Peter Gallagher and Michael Cera at Morton’s in Toronto
- Wynonna Judd, Toby Keith and the cast of Wicked at Morton’s in Nashville
- Russell Crowe, Robert De Niro and NFL broadcasters Dick Ebersol, Bob Costas and Al Michaels at Morton’s in Pittsburgh
- William Shatner, Matthew McConaughey, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Bon Jovi, Victor Garber and Seth MacFarlane at Morton’s in Burbank.
- Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at Morton’s in San Juan
- Political Advisor David Axelrod, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Senator John Kerry, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon and Stevie Wonder in our Washington, D.C. area restaurants
- Carlos Santana at Morton’s in Las Vegas and Reston
- Rod Stewart at Morton’s in Denver
- Lady Gaga at Morton’s in Macau
- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has dined with us in Phoenix and Scottsdale, where he also hosted another Morton’s Celebrity Server event!
- Nick Lachey, L.A., Dodgers manager Joe Torre, as well as the entire St. Louis Cardinals team (including Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa). Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco at Morton’s in Cincinnati.
- PGA pros Phil “Lefty” Mickelson, Lucas Glover, David Toms and Frank Nobilo at Morton’s in Atlanta
- Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger in our New York area restaurants
Mr. and Mrs. Christensen recently visited our Morton’s in White Plains, NY and their story is one that has taken them throughout the world, linked together by their visits to Morton’s The Steakhouse! The Christensens started 10 years ago at our Morton’s in Downtown Denver, and the Zagat brochure-sized burgundy piece in Mr. Christensen’s pocket is our Morton’s location directory (where he listed check marks next to each of his 70-plus dining visits). Pictured with the Christensens is our General Manager in White Plains, Jim Monaghan. Mr. Christensen was very excited when Jim told him of the new location we will open soon in Shanghai, and he said he will be traveling to China within the next few months and certainly plans to add our new Shanghai Morton’s location to his dining list. The Morton’s White Plains team presented the Christensens with their Morton’s photo and an inscription: “Congratulations, you’re in the homestretch!”. And on the same night, Rutgers Unviersity football legend and current Baltimore Ravens superstar running back Ray Rice dined at the White Plains restaurant as well. The restaurant team say he’s a very nice young man, very polite. On each and every night at your favorite Morton’s, you never know who you will bump into!
Whether you’re grilling out, eating in or all of the above, we wish you a very safe and happy holiday weekend. The 4th of July is synonymous with barbecuing, so if that’s part of your plans, take a look at the video below for some easy, but important, grilling tips. I know we talked about this a lot throughout June for National Steakhouse Month, but the Executive Chef of our New York City location did a great job of explaining the art of grilling in simple terms. He also provided the recipe for our Sesame Soy Dressing, which actually works as both a salad dressing or a marinade!
Enjoy your weekend!
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