Savor Wine Dinner

Join us for “A Taste of France” at Rowland’s Restaurant. On Friday, May 3rd Rowland’s will host an indulgent wine dinner for $150 per person. Cost includes five courses and wine pairings. Additional bottles of wine will be available for sale at a discounted rate. Price excludes gratuities and tax. This wine dinner is proudly part of Blowing Rock’s larger Savor Blowing Rock Wine and Food Festival. The weekend will feature a variety of other wine-related events and Rowland’s Restaurant is happy to add a fine dining option to the Festival.

Click here to view the menu. Please call 828.295.5141 for reservations.

Fiddlehead Wine Weekend

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Join us for a weekend of women and wine with Fiddlehead Cellars! We are happy to announce that Rowland’s Restaurant will be featuring three unique wine events over Mother’s Day weekend.

Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars will host every event beginning with lunch on Friday, May 12th. Friday’s event will focus on Sauvignon Blanc, one of Fiddlehead’s two signature wines. Dinner that evening will incorporate a lavish wine pairing dinner featuring a variety of tasting options. Our lunch event on Saturday will be centered on the Pinot Noir clones that go into Fiddlehead’s popular “728” Pinot Noir.

Click here for more information and to view our menus. Please call 828.295.5153 to make reservations.

Blowing Rock WinterFest

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Every year after the holidays, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce stages a weekend of winter festivities. Known as WinterFest, we look forward to the weekend as a chance to break up the sometimes monotonous march of the winter weeks.

Our WinterFest highlight is always the annual Winter Feast. The event brings together Blowing Rock restaurants in one venue and gives us all a chance to strut our stuff. Locals and out of town guests purchase tickets for one of night’s three seatings and are treated to tastings from all of the featured restaurants. This year we offered pork posole with all of its accompaniments and the dish was a huge hit!

We’re excited to celebrate the rest of WinterFest this weekend! Click here to learn more.

The Perfect Snow Day

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The High Country received a strong shot of winter weather over the weekend. Seven inches of snow in Blowing Rock truly made us appreciate the warm indoors. However, the weather also reminded us that Blowing Rock residents, ourselves included, excel at making the most of snow days. Read below for our tips on how to enjoy cold, winter days.

Balance is Key:
We encourage getting outside and enjoying the snow! Few things evoke a sense of childhood happiness like building a snowman, sledding, or even going on a short walk in a winter wonderland. However, don’t overdo it! Happiness can quickly turn into numb toes and a red nose. We suggest enjoying the great, snowy outdoors in short bursts, followed by an indoor cup of coffee or hot tea.

Avoid a Schedule:
If you can help it, don’t set a time frame for anything. We understand that many people operate on deadlines and our to-do lists are out the door, but try to take things at a leisurely pace during snow days. If you need to catch up on cleaning, put on your favorite TV show in the background and pick a snack to nibble on while you move from room to room. If you have e-mails you must answer, take care of them in between cozy cat naps.
Snow days literally force us to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. We believe that opportunity should be appreciated and cultivated.

Treat Yourself to Self-Care:
Days “stuck” indoors are the perfect opportunity to check-in with your needs. Spend the day catching up on whatever needs to be done to help you feel refreshed and balanced. We suggest at home skin and beauty treatments, catching up on rest, meditating, light exercise, or anything else that provides rejuvenation.

Indulge:
This option is one of our favorites. Think back to the joy that was a childhood snow day and try to bring part of the happiness to present day. Bake something, online shop, nap, order a bunch of your favorite delivery food. Do something you couldn’t normally do during an average, not snowed in, day.

Snow days can be a much needed reprieve, if you look at them in the correct light. Residents of the High Country quickly learn that snow days are what you make them; and they have the opportunity to be just as relaxing and rejuvenating as any summertime vacation.

Sommelier’s August Wine Pick

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For those adventurous enough to try something outside of a glass of Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, we suggest Falanghina!

As one of Italy’s great unsung white wines, it’s a brilliant all-rounder, with plenty of citrus fruit, faint notes of apple and pear, and the merest hint of nutty complexity. The balance of crispness and texture means this wine accompanies a huge range of foods, from roasted vegetables to fish and poultry.

Cantina del Taburno is owned by the agricultural Consortium of Benevento. The Consortium was established in 1901 and it had an extremely important role in the development of agriculture in the Sannio area. The winery was built in 1972 in the township of Foglianise and it is a point of reference for viticulture, due to its production philosophy and for its positive impact on the economy.

“I think my wine theme for the summer is going to be the unknown whites of the world. I find Falaghino to be fruity, reminiscent of pineapple and of ripe pear, with a touch of nuttiness you might find in a great Burgundy. My favorite pairing with this wine has been a duck and pear salad with a mango chutney. I definitely suggest two bottles, as the first one goes rather quickly!”- Gary E. Brown, CS – Restaurant Manager

Click here to view our wines by the glass list and stay tuned for fall changes!

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.

April Wine Dinner

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Rowland’s Restaurant has proudly participated in Blowing Rock’s Wine and Food Festival for several years. This year, we are hosting a unique wine dinner during the newly named Savor Blowing Rock.

Savor Blowing Rock provides residents and visitors the opportunity to indulge in some of the world’s best wines, within the comfort of small town Blowing Rock. Now, Rowland’s Restaurant has decided to take the small town feel of the festival to a new level.

Jones Von Drehle Vineyards has gained recent acclaim nationwide and is located in a fellow North Carolina small town. Our wine dinner will feature three courses, each with wine flights from Jones Von Drehle.

The dinner is April 14th beginning at 6:30. Click here to view the full menu and call 828-295-5141 today to make your reservations.

New Summer Menu at Rowland’s Restaurant

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Warmer months mean the introduction of a new menu at Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa. This year the spring menu introduction is more unique and exciting than ever, because Westglow has proudly welcomed new Executive Chef Micheal Armes.

The kitchen at Westglow has always maintained a passionate commitment to the traditions of Appalachian cuisine while using an array of local ingredients. Chef Armes has brought an inspired twist to that commitment, which is sure to please both our treasured regulars and welcome new guests.

“As a chef, I am committed to providing guests at Rowland’s the best that our region has to offer through both innovation and tradition, while participating in the sustainable practices that are currently redefining America’s culinary landscape,” said Armes. Several of the dishes on our new menu reflect his unique philosophy.

Bonnie’s Heirloom Tomato Salad has been a crowd pleaser at Rowland’s for many seasons, to the point of becoming a staple item. Chef Armes and all of our restaurant staff see the dish as a perfect representation of what Appalachian cuisine has to offer customers. The heirloom tomatoes are lovingly handpicked by our owner Bonnie Schaefer from our local Farmer’s Market, in an effort to bring only the best produce from the farm to the Rowland’s table.

One of our favorite entrees on the new menu, the Half Rack Spring Lamb, is an excellent example of the region’s heritage cuisine and new innovation. The lamb comes from a local farm, while the combination of Sea Island Red Peas, Ramps, Bacon, Mint, and Jus adds a creative spin to an otherwise traditional dish.

We have eagerly awaited the release of our new menu, and hope that our customers will feel the passion, creativity, and dedication that went into the creation of Rowland’s summer atmosphere.

Click here to view the menu.

Call to make your reservations today 828-295-5152 or visit our page on OpenTable.

Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa Named a Diner’s Choice Restaurant for the Month of April

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Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa is proud to have recieved a monthly Diner’s Choice award from voters on OpenTable. We are honored to continue to recieve recognition from our customers in addition to the awards we are given on a yearly basis.

Our staff at Rowland’s Restaurant pride themselves on providing elegent and memorable service paired with cuisine inspired by Appalachian culture. We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the customers that continue to recognize us as a restaurant that values providing guests with a unique experience.

Reserve your table now! Our summer menu is upcoming and we are proud to introduce our new Executive Chef Micheal Armes. Chef Armes and the entire staff look forward to continuing to serve OpenTable customers and all guests that share our passion for dining and cuisine.

Upcoming Rowland’s Restaurant Wine Dinners

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This month, Rowland’s Restaurant is happy to invite the public to several upcoming wine events. We are proud to feature wine from Jones von Drehle and Fiddlehead Cellars vineyards in two separate dinners. Our chefs at Rowland’s have created two unique menus for the occasions and each dinner has been built to match the notes and flavors of the individual wines.

Westglow’s Restaurant Manager Gary Brown commented on the upcoming events, saying “For me the most exciting aspect of dinners like these is the shared passion for food and wine. It is always a beautiful thing to see what we do as restaurant through the eyes of our guests. Intimate settings like these allow for a free flow of thoughts, experiences, and perspectives.”

Each dinner will begin with an intimate meet and greet or a short wine tasting, which adds to the intimate setting of Rowland’s Restaurant and makes each dinner a unique experience.

Brown went on to discuss the important relationship between our menus and the wine we serve, “I think the guests can see when there is no relationship between the restaurant and the wine. It shows up, good or bad, in the menu…focusing not on the food and wine as separate entities, but on the perfection of their marriage is a key factor.”

The Drehle and Fiddlehead dinners will take place the 16th and 30th respectively. Click here for details.