|Apple Blossom Closure/Annual Holiday
As every year, we are closing the week of the Apple Blossom Festival. This year, we are closed Sunday April 29th through Monday May 7th, reopening at noon on Tuesday May 8th.
I know a lot of you have out of town guests you'd like to bring to the restaurant, but with the streets around us barricaded during dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Apple Blossom week, it's just not feasible for many people to get here. So, we take a well-deserved break and we'll see you after the festival is complete.
|Thorn-Clarke Wine Dinner
I'm excited to announce our first wine dinner after our winter break. You know Barossa producer Thorn-Clarke as the makers of Shotfire Shiraz and William Randell Shiraz, two world-class Shiraz wines and two perennial favorites at the restaurant. This is your opportunity to taste some of the many other excellent wines by this great Barossa producer.
Shrimp with Lime and Thai Basil
Mount Crawford Pinot Gris 2010
Thai Curry Mussels
Mount Crawford Riesling 2011
Pork and Grits
Cool Woods Eden Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Duck Three Ways
Shotfire Quartage 2010
Chocolate-Ancho Pain d'Epices
Rubus Shiraz 2010
Tickets for this dinner are $95 per person and must be purchased in advance. The ticket price includes your dinner, wine, tax, and gratuity. Purchase tickets at 540-662-1455. Tickets are non-refundable unless we cancel the dinner. The doors open at 6:30 and we formally kick off the dinner at 7:00pm.
|Upcoming Wine Dinner Schedule
We have set the dates for our spring and summer wine dinners as follows. We have changed to a ticket system for our dinners. To get in, you buy a ticket, just like for a concert. Tickets will include the cost of dinner and wine, tax, and gratuity. We can mail tickets, you can pick them up, or we can hold them will-call. Tickets go on sale 30 days in advance of each dinner.
The spring and summer schedule is:
Thursday May 24th
Thorn-Clarke Winery of Barossa
Thursday June 21st
Thursday July 19th
Glen Manor Vineyards
Wednesday August 15th
Harvest Dinner with Mayfair Farm
Call the restaurant at 540-662-1455 to purchase your tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we cancel the dinner. Menus will be available about 3-4 weeks in advance of each dinner. Reasonable accomodation can be made for special dietary needs well in advance of the dinner. No persons under 21 years of age will be admitted.
When I go out to eat, I want to sample the best of the menu at the restaurant where I'm dining, so tasting menus really appeal to me. A tasting is a multi-course menu with small portions paired with wines. We do 7-course dinners paired with wines for $105 and 9-course dinners for $125.
It seems like we are doing more and more of these dinners each week, but we're doing them for out-of-towners and not for our regulars. Maybe you have special guests in town or are celebrating a special occasion? We'd be happy to create a special menu just for you. To get the ball rolling, just call us or e-mail us.
Here are photos from a recent dinner so you can get an idea of what we do.
Big Changes to Wine Program
We have what we think is the best wine program in the area. But we still are not satisfied at that. We are currently pushing forward in several areas:
- Wine List Renovation. We have a new list that should launch around the 18th of May. We are aiming to bring you really fun wines that you need to taste but probably wouldn't have the opportunity to otherwise. Ever heard of Pecorino wine, a white from Abruzzo? What about a dry Petit Manseng from Virginia? A still red Pinot Meunier from Oregon?
- By the Glass Specials. We are now opening some of our special and more exclusive bottles each week for by-the-glass pours. This is your opportunity to taste some of our finer wines without having to purchase the entire bottle. This program is already in place and customers are loving it.
- Wine Flights. We are bringing on wine flights in the near future. You'll be able to compare and contrast three different half pours of wines simultaneously. This is a fun way to learn a bit about wine.
Spring Lunch Menu
Mini-Pizza with Duck Confit, Caramelized Onions, and Gorgonzola. Where else are you going to find this on a lunch menu but here? This is but one of many new dishes just launched on our spring lunch menu. Come give the new dishes a try; we'd love your feedback.
Also, having a staff lunch? We box lunches for offices all over town. Why not yours? Put together an order, call it in, email it, or fax it over to us. Give us an hour's notice and we will have it waiting for pickup.
View the new lunch menu.