Monday, April 1, 2013

Wine dinner at Gideon Ridge Inn Saturday April 13, 2013. Featuring the cuisine of Michael Foreman with the big Cabs of Robert Craig Winery of Napa. Call for reservations

Course I
Magret Duck Gallentine
Smoked Jowl/Fig Preserves, Cracked Oat Crackers, Molasses/Coffee Gastrique, Fresh Cress
(Mt. Veeder 2010)

Course II
Maine Lobster Salad
Grilled Celery, Endive, Grilled Plum, Golden Beet, Hoisin Mustard, Bacon/Cocoa Bread Croutons
(Affinity 2010)

Course III
Smoked Veal Cheeks
Peach/Blood Orange-Brined, Applewood Smoked, Golden Raisin/Chamomile Flower Orzo with Mustard Greens, Tarragon/Apple Coulis, Thyme Ice Cream
(Durrell Vineyard Chardonnay 2010)

Course IV
Kobe Shortrib
Coffee Braised, Lavender/White Pepper Hollandaise, Roasted Fava Beans, Spring Root Vegetable Purée, Black Cherry Jus
(Howell Mountain 2010)

Course V
Lavender/Burnt Honey Poundcake
Candied Blood Orange Rind, Sweet Pickled Apple, Country Ham/Pumpkin Seed English Butter Toffee

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring in Blowing Rock?

March 25, 2013.  Real Spring, with Daffodils and temperatures in the 60's, should arrive next week.  

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Guests Enjoy Sunrise

Warm weather in December. Guests enjoy the sunrise looking down on the fog that covers most of the North Carolina Piedmont.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Beautiful Fraser Fir trees arriving this week from Appalachian Evergreens.  Choose and cut close to Blowing Rock.  Click on picture for directions and information.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Sunset

We love November.  Town is less crowded.  The sunsets are intense through the newly bare trees.  Afternoons still are warm.  And as evening cools, guests enjoy fire by the fireplace

november sunset.jpg

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Autumn Sunrise

A Hickory in full yellow at sunrise at the Gideon Ridge Inn. The brilliant yellow only lasts a few days.

There were predictions of a short and rather dull fall leaf season this year. But this year has been great. Warm weather is about to end. Some rain is coming. Looking forward to favorite month, November.

Please enjoy this picture.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Grilled Pork Chop with Figs & Bourbon Glaze

As part of our upcoming Cochon Boucherie Festival, we give you our recipe for Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops, one of our most popular entrees at Bistro Roca.

4 center cut thick pork loin chops, with bone

For the Marinade

3 tbs Dijon Mustard

2 cloves Garlic peeled and crushed

1 shallot sliced

1/4 cup olive oil

1tbs salt

1 1/2 tsp pepper

2 tbs chopped Rosemary

Blend together all ingredients and rub on both sides of Pork chops. Let sit for 2 to 6 hours.

Sauce For Pork Chop

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Bourbon

1/2 cup Soy Sauce

2 tbs Green peppercorns

1 sweet onion sliced

Bring these ingredients to a boil and remove from heat

Add 20 dried figs and let rehydrate.

Grill Pork Chops on a meduim hot fire. We recommend cooking to medium, about 150˚ F internal temperature.

Garnish Pork with Figs and use glaze as a sauce over the Grilled pork chop. Serve with Mashed potatoes and braised Greens.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cooking Classes and Dinners

Gideon Ridge and Bistro Roca, with Executive Chef Michael Foreman, announce the Cochon Boucherie Festival, April 5 to 7, 2011, to be held in conjunction with the Blowing Rock Culinary Month.

Gideon Ridge has procured a 250 pound Berkshire pig, currently being raised in Happy Valley, NC. We will receive the freshly killed (and inspected) pig on Monday, April 4, and participants in the Cochon Boucherie will participate in all aspects of the cutting, preparation, cooking, and eating of the pig.

The pig is being raised by a small producer in Happy Valley, NC, about 20 minutes from Blowing Rock. The family operation primarily raises goats and produces goat cheese. The pigs are fed goat whey as part of their diet.

We envision this event to be a sophisticated version of the traditional Appalachian “Hog Killing” party, where extended family and neighbors help to prepare and smoke the hams, bacon and sausages, while preparing the evening party feast.

The culinary program at Gideon Ridge Inn and Bistro Roca is the result of the efforts and experience of Michael Foreman, Executive Chef. For more than ten years, he has been preparing meals at Gideon Ridge using local ingredients long before the current “farm to table” movement was popular. Bistro Roca was started 6 years ago and is a casual dining experience using many of the same fresh ingredients and culinary techniques used at Gideon Ridge. In previous years, Michael has purchased pigs from this producer in Happy Valley and served the pork at both Gideon Ridge and Bistro Roca. This is the first time we have held a class.

Cost: The three night package for Cochon Boucherie Festival, including classes, special dinners, wine tastings, and three nights at Gideon Ridge Inn is $750 double occupancy, $625 single occupancy. The two night package including classes, special dinners, wine tastings, and two nights at Gideon Ridge Inn is $600 double occupancy, $475 single occupancy. For people who want to take the classes and have the dinners, the cost is $250 per person. (plus $15 per person for each breakfast, if desired) For a one day class including dinner is $125.

Call Gideon Ridge Inn for information: 828-295-3644 or 888-889-4036

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Vision Cellars Wine Dinner March 4, 2011

Vision Cellars, Mac McDonald to host wine dinner at Gideon Ridge March 4, 2011.

Enjoy 5 courses from Chef Michael Foreman artfully paired with 4 beautiful wines from Vision Cellars. $85 per person. Opportunities to purchase and order wines.

"Vision Cellars” is a Passionate, Boutique Award-Winning Winery specializing in Pinot Noir. Established in 1995, however, the first release was the 1997 vintage. Their goal is to capture the essence of the Pinot Noir Grape. Chef Michael Foreman has worked before with Mac McDonald, creating a most memorable wine pairings.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Art of Fire

Massive Stone Fireplace in Library
Imagine coming in from a cold hike or shopping trip, sitting on the leather firebench and warming your backside. Sharing a glass of wine with friends.

Nine Rooms with Fireplaces
Imagine your afternoon nap, shades pulled, and the fire glow lighting the room.
Imagine soaking in a warm tub viewing the fire.
Imagine a fire in your private bath.
Indulge your imagination, book a winter stay at Gideon Ridge Inn.

Remember, there is more to Romance than Valentines Day