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!

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.

Click here to view our wine by the glass menu!

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.

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.

Westglow Recipes: Local Mixed Greens Salad

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Salads are staples in warm weather meals. Homemade dressings have become popular in kitchens everywhere and shopping for fresh and organic ingredients has made even the most traditional salads healthier.

However, salads can leave us craving a little more to our meals. They have the potential to lack the substance of hearty winter fare. Luckily, Rowland’s Restaurant has the perfect solution. The secret: crispy vegetables.

Click here to view the recipe and start making a healthy, yet filling salad in your own home.

A Westglow Newsletter

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We’ve all flipped through our fair share of newsletters. They’re readily available for skimming in e-mails, and business waiting rooms around the world. However, most of those newsletters leave our brains as soon as they enter them.

So what makes a Westglow newsletter different? Each edition is a property wide collaboration. Westglow’s owners give inside tips, our chefs provide recipes, our Spa Director highlights unique retail suggestions, and our Wellness Director gives seasonal fitness tips. That level of teamwork ensures that each release is something exciting, memorable, and unique. The overall effect is something worth reading.

Every newsletter begins with a Letter from the Owners. Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer are actively involved at Westglow and the Letter gives them the opportunity to share the aspects of Westglow they love most with our valued patrons. The Letter gives customers a chance to look behind the curtain at Westglow as well. Insider information such as Bonnie’s daily Farmer’s Market trips add a personal touch, while also letting our guests know their meals at Rowland’s are infused with the best local ingredients.

Using fresh, local ingredients from our Farmer’s Markets and other High Country sources means we introduce rotating or seasonal menus in our newsletters as well. Accompanying those menus are recipes that guests can try in their own kitchens. Click here to view our most recent recipe and others!

Most importantly, the Westglow newsletter gives us the chance to share what’s happening on and around the property. Now, we have Mother’s Day Brunch, a wine dinner, gift certificate specials, and our Face Time Me Package. In the fall, we might have midweek specials, discounted lodging rates, and new wine offerings. Each newsletter features different offerings than the last, making each season new and unique.

Click here to view the entire newsletter and sign up to receive exclusive e-mail offers and future editions!

Mother’s Day at Westglow

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Choosing a unique gift for Mother’s Day can be a challenge. It’s an important day when we all get the chance to celebrate the important women in our lives, but oftentimes we resort to the traditional flowers or chocolates as a gift.

Westglow offers a more exciting alternative to the traditional celebrations. Give the gift of pure relaxation with our special Mother’s Day Gift Certificates. At $25 off, all of our Day Spa Package Gift Certificates include spa services, a four course spa lunch, and full use of our Life Enrichment Center facilities. For those out of town and looking for a longer retreat, we’re offering Gift Certificates for 10% off all overnight visits. These special offers are available for purchase through Mother’s Day and all gift certificates are valid one year after purchase date. Click here to purchase Day Spa Package gift certificates instantly! Please call our Guest Services Department at 1-800-562-0807 to purchase overnight gift certificates.

If you’re interested in a group affair, look no further than Mother’s Day Brunch at Rowland’s Restaurant. Brunch on Mother’s Day is a favorite. However, Rowland’s prides itself on putting a unique spin on every tradition. From our Bananas Foster French Toast to Irish Lamb Stew, our menu promises to have something special for everyone in your party. Click here to view the menu and call Rowland’s at 828-295-5141 to make your reservations. We hope to see you at Westglow soon!

Westglow Recipes: Gazpacho

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It’s been a week since our menu tasting and we’re still dreaming of light, warm weather fare. Our cool Gazpacho has been a longtime favorite and we’re happy to feature the dish on our spa lunch menu often throughout the warmer months. The dish is a light and healthy alternative to heavy winter options and, in the spirit of springtime happiness, we’ve offered it on the recipes page of our website.

Our recipes give guests and visitors an opportunity to bring a taste of Rowland’s Restaurant into their homes and we look forward to adding new recipes to our website soon!

Click here to view the Gazpacho Soup recipe.

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.