Pine Needle Roasted Mushrooms Recipe

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We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather for late February, but that doesn’t mean we’re quite done savoring hearty winter food. What embodies cold weather cuisine better than anything roasted with pine needles? Answer: not much.

We’ve shared our recipe for Pine Needle Roasted Mushrooms on the Westglow website. The dish is a favored accompaniment on our Salmon entrée and available nightly in Rowland’s Restaurant. Click here to view the recipe.

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.

Annual Holiday Cookie Recipe

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Another year, another holiday, another Christmas Eve Rowland’s cookie recipe! Every holiday season, our Executive Chef shares a unique cookie recipe in the hopes that our customers will bake a taste of the Westglow kitchen in their own homes.

The yearly process is fun. Our chef rarely tells us which recipe he’ll pick until a few days before Christmas, so there’s always a little anticipation leading up to the release. Then, we bake a batch of the selected recipe and stage a holiday cookie photo shoot around the property. Of course, we eat the batch of cookies afterwards.

This year, Chef Colin Patience selected Neiman Marcus cookies as our holiday recipe. These cookies are just about as elegant and timeless as a dessert can be; and urban legend upholds that a lady dining at the Neiman Marcus Diner in Dallas bought the recipe for $250. We love classic and quirky backstories like that one and think this recipe is a perfect fit for our yearly gift tradition.

We truly wish you and yours a very happy holiday! Click here to view the recipe and don’t forget about our holiday specials here!

Thanksgiving Buffet

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The holidays are coming and we love kicking off this exciting season with Rowland’s annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Our inspiration for this customer favorite is rooted in holiday tradition and timely elegance. Thanksgiving beckons us to enjoy family, friends, and comfort food and we aspire to fit that mold perfectly.

With the theme of tradition in mind, our chefs turned their heads away from innovation and stayed true to the classic demands of the holiday. Thanksgiving would not be complete without turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Rowland’s buffet menu includes those favorites, as well as several other crown pleasers such as pumpkin pie, two different types of stuffing, and macaroni and cheese.

Click here to view the full menu and call 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

Menu Tasting

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It’s almost newsletter time at Westglow! But, before we can unveil all the new happenings around the property, there are several behind the scenes details that must be completed.

One of the more exciting details is the upcoming fall and winter menu and we just finished the tasting process. A new menu release is always preceded by a three-night menu tasting that grades each new dish by presentation, taste, and composition. Tastings are a chance for the chefs at Rowland’s Restaurant to show off their creativity and convey their seasonal inspirations. The autumn menus will highlight seasonal comfort food. Fall and winter are known for their hearty dishes and Rowland’s has brought a lot of that flavor to the table for this new menu.

We would personally suggest the Taleggio Bisque, Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Hump Mountain Trout, and Pumpkin Beggar’s Purses as an excellent introduction to the new menu. The trout entrée is locally sourced and its prosciutto wrap adds a hearty, seasonal flavor. With thyme ice cream and candied thyme, the Pumpkin Beggar’s Purses are a quintessential autumn dessert. Finally, the Taleggio Bisque might just end up on our recipes page. The new menu will be released Monday October, 24th and we hope to see you dining at Rowland’s soon!

Click here to view our current menu and call 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

Blue Skies, Orange Pumpkins, Red Leaves, and Yellow Mums

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Fall officially began yesterday and today’s weather could not be more fitting. Bright blue skies and 75 degree weather are dominant over a landscape of yellow mums and changing leaves. Westglow is moving through its own seasonal transition and we’re excited to settle down into the glory of autumn.
Our summer flowers were fantastic this past season. The Westglow flowerbeds have been bursting with bright colors and lighter pastels for several months now, but next week we’ll move on to the rich jewel tones of mums and pansies. Dark reds, plums, and yellows will welcome guests at our entrance, follow them alongside our driveway, and welcome them at our doors.
And of course, fall would not be fall without the ever-popular pumpkin. This seasonal mascot will be scattered throughout the property and may even make its way into our spa services and upcoming fall menu. Stay tuned! No one does autumn quite like Westglow and we have quite a few surprises up our sleeves.

Floyd Wedding: A Westglow Family Event

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Westglow weddings are always magical. Few things compare to saying wedding vows overlooking sweeping views of John’s River Gorge or Grandfather Mountain, but every now and then a wedding comes along that means a little bit more to our property.

Westglow’s Graphic Designer Josh Floyd married his longtime sweetheart last Sunday on our Courtyard. Anna Jaquays, now Floyd, grew up around Westglow. Her first job was working as a receptionist in Westglow’s salon. Being Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer’s niece, Anna sees the property as being an extension of her home and the staff here as part of her family.

Married six years from the day they started dating, Anna and Josh knew the beginning of September would be an ideal time for an outdoor mountain wedding. The weather on the 4th didn’t disappoint, the couple was graced with sunny, 75 degree weather for their big day. Family and friends gathered under an expansive tent to celebrate Anna and Josh’s love and everything the perfect day had to offer.

Because the couple holds Westglow so close to their hearts, the entire property was swept away in the excitement of the wedding. Some of us were able to attend the lavish reception and ceremony, while others, such as Event Coordinator Jennifer Williams and Restaurant Manager Gary Brown, poured their hearts into planning and executing the event to perfection.

Truly, every wedding at Westglow receives absolute attention to detail and commitment. However, Anna and Josh helped remind the entire property of the elegance and excitement behind Westglow events. It is rare that our staff gets the opportunity to see our amazing property from the perspective of a guest. So, in addition to everything else, the day reminded us all of Westglow’s timeless appeal.

The wedding featured a variety of local vendors including flowers by Fuschia Moss, Hallmark Cakes, and Fletcher & Fletcher Photography. The pictures above are from Fletcher and Fletcher! Click here to visit their website and view contact information.

Click here to view more information about Westglow weddings.

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!

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.

Click here to view this recipe and others!

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.”

Click here to view our full wines by the glass list.