Westglow Recipe: Lobster Potato Salad

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August is here and some of the hottest days of the year are upon us! Dining alfresco and fun-loving cookouts are the flavors of the month as we all cherish the last weeks of true summer heat. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, salad, and ice cream reign supreme in August as summertime favorites, but for those of us who want a little something different Rowland’s Restaurant has the answer. Our Lobster Potato Salad pays homage to summer tradition, while adding a little flare.

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Little-Known Facts About Westglow

 

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We spend a lot of time discussing the highlights of Westglow’s property. Holidays, specials, Rowland’s events, and property celebrations tend to stay in the spotlight, and leave little room for the smaller details that make Westglow truly unique. To share some interesting facts, we’ve compiled a little-known list about this amazing, historic property.

1. On a clear day, Charlotte’s city skyline can be seen from the Relaxation Lounge in our Life Enrichment Center.
2. Grazing deer and turkey love to wander through the wooded areas of our 42 acre estate.
3. Combined, our salon stylists have over 137 years of experience.
4. Westglow’s owner, Bonnie Schaefer, personally visits the local farmers market to ensure Rowland’s Restaurant uses fresh and local produce. She loves local heirloom tomatoes and her signature “Bonnie’s Heirloom Tomato Salad” has been a summer favorite at Rowland’s for years.
5. There are seven original Elliott Daingerfield paintings hanging in Westglow’s Mansion.
6. Guests can see both the sunrise and sunset from the front of the Mansion.
7. Westglow was a site for paratrooper training during World War II. Aircraft would fly by and drop troopers into the valleys surrounding Westglow.
8. Most of the books in the Mansion’s library are from the Daingerfield family. The books date back from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.
9. Westglow was inducted into Relais and Chateaux in 2010, the same year as Richard Gere’s hotel the Bedford Post.
10. The Daingerfield family camped out on the property after the purchasing the land to find the best site for the Westglow mansion; studying the night skies and the play of the morning light.
11. Westglow has a fresh herb garden just steps away from the Rowland’s kitchen. Our Restaurant Manager and chefs planted the herbs and will tend the garden all season.

Sommelier’s July Wine Pick

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When wine lovers think of White Burgundy Chardonnay comes to mind, but few know there is another white grape produced in Burgundy. Bourgogne Aligoté, “the other white grape of Burgundy,” is a delicious white wine that is young, stylish and a little different. It is pale gold in color and offers a well-balanced taste, and ranges from a fruity bouquet with notes of apple and lemon to a more floral palette. In the mouth, this vibrant wine tickles the taste buds.

The Aligoté grape has been grown in Bourgogne since the 17th century and flourishes there. It faithfully reflects the diversity of its terroirs from the Saône-et-Loire, the Côte-d’Or, and the Yonne. It was granted its own AOC, Bourgogne aligoté, in 1937.

Rowland’s Sommelier Gary Brown said, “I am excited to have this wine on our list not only because it is a deliciously perfect wine to drink on the West Portico, but for its unique and fascinating history as well. It is a great glass of wine by itself and is the local wine used for a traditional Kir, a classic French apéritif. This wine is the perfect pairing for the Crab and Tabouleh Salad on our Summer Spa Menu.”

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Rowland’s Restaurant Wins Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence

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For the second year running, Rowland’s Restaurant has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator filters every applicant through a stringent elimination process; and to be considered for an award a restaurant’s wine list must be varied, with correct information, and appeal to a wide range of patrons.

An Award of Excellence recipient must offer at least 90 selections on their wine list, feature a variety of quality producers, and compliment the restaurant’s menu in both taste and price. Rowland’s Sommelier Gary Brown works tirelessly to ensure that our wine list meets that strict standard. Our list boasts classic, coveted selections such as Dom Perignon, while still featuring more approachable options, like North Carolina’s Jones Von Drehle Vineyards, which are sure to please all restaurant guests. We hope to see you enjoy a glass with dinner soon, and sign up for special offers to be the first to learn about our popular wine dinners.

Stay tuned for a suggested wine choice personally selected by Sommelier Gary Brown!

Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016

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The voting is in! Westglow has been named the #2 Top Destination Spa in the United States by Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards.

Each Destination Spa nominated for the Awards was voted on by quality of accommodations, service, food, treatments, and overall value. A spa must receive a minimum number of votes before being eligible for an award and all compromised votes from a spa’s employees or votes considered to be spam are vetted out of the final tally.

Westglow has received a Destination Spa World’s Best Award for several years running, but the excitement and gratitude never quite wears off. Wendy Jarema, Westglow’s Spa Director, gives credit to the property’s dedicated staff. “I am extremely honored and humbled that Westglow Resort and Spa has won this award. The amazing staff at Westglow works so hard to create an unforgettable experience for every single guest and I am grateful to work with such a remarkable group of people. Westglow is such a unique property and its surrounding mountains are an extraordinarily healing place.”

Wendy reiterated a sentiment we’ve all been feeling since the World’s Best Awards were announced, “thank you, to all of our loyal guests who voted for us!”

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Wine Training at Westglow

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Our two summer wine dinners have wrapped up! Aside from the wonderful experience of indulgent evenings, our serving staff learned valuable wine tips at both occasions.

After hiring, all Rowland’s serving staff members are immediately taught proper wine service, but hearing tips and tasting advice from an industry expert is always helpful.

Scott Finaly of Duckhorn Vineyards sat down with our staff before the Duckhorn dinner and shared information he had collected throughout decades of experience. For instance, a trend away from classic Chardonnays towards fruity Sauvignon Blancs was a center conversation. Finaly gave the staff helpful tasting notes that are sure to please Rowland’s patrons. The Sauvignon Blancs in Rowland’s cellar pair well with our new menu item the Beet Terrine salad and the classic King Prawn starter.

Reds were not forgotten either. Aeration was a key point during the sit down and oftentimes red wine is not given the appropriate time to aerate at a dinner table. Finaly gave our wait staff advice on how to help that process.

Wine service and knowledge is an endless pursuit and Rowland’s servers especially are constantly looking for new avenues to explore, trends to learn, and tastings to experience.

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Duckhorn Wine Dinner

DSC_0089BWine dinners are quickly becoming a staple of Rowland’s Restaurant. We enjoy building relationships with wineries, offering unique dining experiences, and providing patrons the opportunity to share in unforgettable evenings.

Next Thursday, June 23rd, Rowland’s will be hosting Duckhorn Vineyards for a varied wine dinner. The first course will feature a pinot noir with a salmon dish and the evening ends with a dark chocolate pave and a sauvignon blanc. The end result is a dinner created to meet every person’s tastes and preferences with a variety of dishes and wines.

The five course meal is priced at $125 per person. Click here to view the full menu and call Rowland’s Restaurant at 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

Springtime Flowers at Westglow

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Every year, between the end of May and June, Westglow gets a little extra pop of color. It begins with rhododendron blooming the last week of May, followed by various brightly colored bushes, and ends with our florist Fuschia Moss painstakingly picking out flowers for the season and supervising our landscaping team in artful property planting.

Aside from the brilliant pops of green that come with new leaves on trees after a long winter, spring flowers only add to the friendly, bright, and exciting atmosphere of warm weather at Westglow. Check out our sunny snapshots!

Westglow’s Herb Garden

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Consistently warm weather arrives a little later in the High Country. Gardeners in this area wait patiently while our neighbors in lower altitudes are tilling the ground and planting their first seeds. However, when planting season does come it’s something of a revival alongside late blooming rhododendrons and clear blue skies.

Our chefs and Restaurant Manager have been eagerly checking weather patterns for weeks looking for the perfect planting time. Finally, the weather aligned this past weekend and the Rowland’s Restaurant herb garden is well underway! Combining owner Bonnie Schaefer’s summertime Farmer’s Market trips, ingredients from local farms, and our chefs pulling basil, rosemary, thyme, and others from our garden, ensures that each dish coming out of Rowland’s kitchen is fresh and satisfying.

Summer Wine Dinners

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Rowland’s Restaurant has two upcoming wine dinners on the summer agenda. May 25th we will be hosting Michael Keenan of Robert Keenan Winery and offering a special menu with wine pairings for what promises to be a memorable evening. Another dinner with Duckhorn Vineyards will be on June 23rd.

Each dinner gives Rowland’s staff an opportunity to showcase the restaurant’s unique set of expertise. Our chef’s work hard to create original and inspired menus for each individual dinner, Executive Chef Colin Patience and Sommelier Gary Brown collaborate to ensure every dish compliments the wine pairings, and all staff members work tirelessly to create an unforgettable atmosphere for each individual dinner.

Click here to view the Keenan Wine Dinner menu and call Rowland’s Restaurant at 828-295-5141 to make reservations.