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Westcave Cellars Vintner Dinner

January 18th, 2016 by blairhouseinn

This weekend Blair House Inn will be hosting Westcave Cellars Winery for our 15th annual Vintner Dinner Series. Westcave is first in a series of local wineries invited to pair their outstanding wines with Executive Chef Chris Huffman’s gourmet cuisine. Westcave has joined us over the years and we are excited to have them back. They produce a wonderful wine and are very knowledgeable about their process and the life of a Texas wine maker. It takes a strong mind and body to grow wine in Texas. Our Vintner Dinner Series highlights what is best about Texas wines and the people who make them. The Westcave Cellars Vintner Dinner kicks off our 15th year of this collaboration. Come join us for a Saturday evening dinner this weekend, January 23 and every Saturday until the end of February. We hope to see you here.

Vintner DinnerSaturday – 1/23/16 – 7:00 pm
Westcave Cellars Vintner Dinner

Appetizer
Roasted Texas Quail with Sweet Potato Purèe & Bacon Marmalade

Soup
Cream of Tomato with Crème Fraiche

Salad
Baby Spinach with Apples, Candied Pecans & Blue Cheese

Entrée
Grilled Porkchop with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini & Apple Chutney

Dessert
Espresso Cheesecake with Caramel

2016 Vintner Dinner Series

January 4th, 2016 by blairhouseinn

2016 Vintner Dinner Series

This is our 15th annual Vintner Dinner Series. Owners Chris & Lois Mahoney continue this series to showcase Texas Wineries alongside our notable cuisine. A popular event among guests of the Inn and local residents alike, the Vintner Dinner Series provides the opportunity to taste and explore local wines, learn the winemaking process, and how the proper pairings enhance the flavors of food. Join us for a Saturday evening of wine and gourmet food you’re sure to love.

Saturday evenings from January 23 until February 27, excluding Valentine’s Day, vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their winemaking process and the unique character of the wines they create. Our Chef, Chris Huffman, will prepare a truly memorable dinner. Choosing fresh, high quality and seasonal ingredients, his masterful creations are specifically designed to highlight the unique character of the various wines. This year the Vintner Dinner Series schedule is as follows:

January 23, 2016 – Westcave Cellars Winery, Round Mountain, TX
Just 30 minutes from Austin, Westcave Cellars Winery is nestled in the oaks along scenic Hamilton Pool Road. The winery is a few miles west of Hamilton Pool Preserve, Reimers Ranch, and Westcave Preserve. Whether you are sightseeing at one of these local parks or traveling to the wineries in Fredericksburg, Dripping Springs and Driftwood, They invite you to visit Westcave Cellars.

January 30, 2016 – Singing Water Vineyards, Comfort, TX
The name Singing Water describes the wonderful sound that fills the air as the waters of Bruins creek cascade over the waterfall on the property. Recently they received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for all 6 wines entered in Houston, San Francisco, San Antonio and the Lone Star International Wine Competitions. Their Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Sunrise, Merlot, Texas Reserve, Freedom and Sweet Lupe are becoming very well known throughout the Texas Hill Country and beyond! The winery offers beautiful scenic grounds with picnic areas which host many art and music events throughout the year.

February 6, 2016 – Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, New Braunfels, TX
From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with expansion plans to produce 12,000. With only 5 acres of good soil, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards focuses on growing Black Spanish, which is resistant to Pierce’s disease. While we grow only one grape variety, don’t let that fool you. Dry Comal Creek has developed a series of award-winning specialty wines including French Colombard (Demi-Sweet and Bone Dry), Orange Muscat, White Black Spanish, Comal Red, Black Spanish and 1096 Port – each of them spectacular in their own right and meant to be drinkable now.

February 20, 2016 – Pontotoc Vineyard, Fredericksburg, TX
Pontotoc Vineyard was established in the unique terroir of the Llano Uplift in the Northern Hill Country community of Pontotoc, Mason County, Texas. Pontotoc means “Land of Hanging Grapes” and the vineyard was planted in the fertile red sand soil of a high valley surrounded by pink granite outcroppings and sandstone hills on a farm originally founded by the German Emigration Company in 1872.

February 27, 2016 – Texas Hills Winery, Johnson City, TX
The rolling hills and the soil are much like that of the Tuscan countryside, in Italy. Once Kathy and Gary saw the location that makes the Texas Hills Vineyard they decided to have an Italian influence to their wines. They even planted vines that are thought of as Italian, plus a few more: Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Orange Moscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah. All of the grapes grown allow wines to be produced with a decidedly Italian influence. Dale manages the vineyard and works to produce the highest quality Texas grapes with which to produce the wine. Gary takes what is produced and oversees the wine. Kathy manages the tasting room and invites you to drop by and sample wines and shop the gift shop.

Gift Certificates

December 17th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

ChristmasNo need to worry about gifts this holiday season. A Blair House Inn gift certificate can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. Do you have an aspiring chef at home? Treat them to a cooking school. Our Executive Chef Chris Huffman gives hands on instruction to create delicious dishes for family and friends. Know a wonderful couple always thinking of everyone else before themselves? Spice things up with a romantic weekend getaway. Romance packages, like roses, champagne, and special bath pack, can be included in any gift certificate for that unique “something extra”. Know someone who lives close to Wimberley? Treat them to a five course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Huffman on Saturday evening or a couples massage in our beautiful and relaxing day spa. By purchasing a Blair House Inn gift certificate, you are giving a unique gift that will be truly enjoyed and appreciated.

A few rooms are still available for Christmas and New Years Eve. We will be serving a unique five course gourmet meal Christmas Day and New Years evening complete with a champagne toast. Spend the holidays with your special someone at Blair House Inn.

 

Gift certificates can be mailed or emailed for convenience. You can purchase gift certificates for accommodations, dinners, cooking schools, spa treatments or a specific dollar amount. For more information or to make purchase, please call us directly at (512) 847-1111, or order online at blairhouseinn.com/gc.html

Halloween Dinner, Last Meal Of The Titanic

October 26th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Last Meal of the TitanicBlair House Inn will be hosting a very special event for this year’s Halloween Dinner, Last Meal of the Titanic. Chef Chris Huffman has set a menu to highlight some of the fine dining available to passage of the fateful voyage. Since our Saturday evening dinner falls on Halloween this year, we decided to take advantage. Dining aboard the Titanic ranged from lavish ten course extravaganzas designed to put the well-to-do passengers in a food coma, to simple, hearty meals for lower deck travelers. The food and drink flowed freely for passengers on the maiden voyage of the doomed ship with no end in sight. Everyone knows the ultimate fate of Titanic after an iceberg collision. What most don’t know is the extravagance of the wealthy on board.  At the modern day equivalent of $124,000 for a first class ticket, passages expected the best and received the best. Join us for this weekend for a unique dinner and good company. Rooms are still available as well as space for those guests wanting to join us only for dinner on Saturday night. Our Halloween Dinner, Last Meal of the Titanic is not to be missed. We promise the restaurant will not sink.

Appetizer
Poached Salmon with Mousseline & Cucumbers

Soup
Consommè Olga

Salad
Chilled Asparagus Vinaigrette

Entrée
Filet Mignon Lili

Dessert
Waldorf Pudding

Welcome Back Chef Chris Huffman

September 1st, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Chef Chris HuffmanBlair House Inn is thrilled to welcome back chef Chris Huffman. Chef Huffman helped elevate the cuisine and improve the cooking schools at Blair House. He is sure to bring some new energy into the kitchen. We are in the process of creating the new cooking school schedule and Chris has some great ideas for next year. His insight into teaching cooking schools is an invaluable benefit for anyone wanting to learn some new recipes or just wanting improve their skills. The schools are a hands on approach to cooking and a history lesson into the origin of the food being prepared. Chef Chris Huffman runs a well rounded school to make anyone a hit at their next dinner party.

Chris was born and raised in Longview, Texas. He attended the Culinary Academy of Austin, presently known as the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. After graduation, Chris was employed by the popular South Congress restaurant Mars. From there, he worked his way up to become sous chef of Jeffrey’s Restaurant & Bar, working with many talented chefs. An Austin landmark for more than four decades, Jeffrey’s has been the restaurant of choice for presidents, governors, celebrities, and rock stars. After relocating to the Hill Country Chris opened the Goodnight Diner in Dripping Springs, where he and his wife Jana, a pastry chef, served up “comfort by the plateful”. After Chris and Jana decided to start a family, Chris accepted the position as Executive Chef and Instructor at the Blair House Inn. Chris moved over to The Mercantile last year to help a friend get his restaurant up and running. The mercantile is a tasty little tapas bar with hand picked selection of wine from the region. Having handing off the reigns in the kitchen to a fellow chef, Chris decided to come back to Blair House with the new owners, Chris and Lois Mahoney. We have really put together a wonderful group of people at the Blair House Inn. Come have fun with us. Welcome back Chef Chris Huffman!

Mother’s Day Gift Certificate

May 7th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

Mother's day gift certificate

It’s not too late to get your wonderful mother a Mother’s Day gift certificate from Blair House Inn. Since moms have one of the hardest jobs in the world, why not give a great weekend getaway and let us do the pampering. There is nothing like a relaxing weekend getaway to help mom forget all the stress of the year. Maybe she needs an afternoon in our day spa. Your mother can be treated to a variety of massages and facials by our talented massage therapists. A rhythmic Lomi-Lomi massage might be just what the doctor ordered. A Saturday evening dinner reservation might be better for the gourmet mother’s out there. Our five course gourmet meals are sure to be the perfect evening out for the mothers wanting to sample some quality eats. We strive to make everyone feel welcome and relaxed while staying at Blair House. Let us treat your mother like the queen she is. We are positive you will find a package just right for Mother’s Day. Order your Mother’s Day gift certificate today before times runs out. Your mother doesn’t need another scarf.

2015 Vintner Dinner Series

January 8th, 2015 by blairhouseinn

2015 Vintner Dinner SeriesThis is our 14th annual Vintner Dinner Series. Owners Chris & Lois Mahoney continue this series to showcase Texas Wineries alongside our notable cuisine. A popular event among guests of the Inn and local residents alike, the Vintner Dinner Series provides the opportunity to taste and explore local wines, learn the wine making process, and how the proper pairings enhance the flavors of food. Join us for a Saturday evening of wine and gourmet food you’re sure to love.
Saturday evenings from January 17 until February 28, excluding Valentine’s Day, vintners and/or their representatives will be on hand to explain their wine making process and the unique character of the wines they create. Our Chef, Brian Maher, is committed to preparing a truly memorable dinner. Choosing fresh, high quality and seasonal ingredients, his masterful creations are specifically designed to highlight the unique character of the various wines being offered. This year the Vintner Dinner Series schedule is as follows:

January 17, 2015 – Westcave Cellars Winery, Round Mountain, TX
Just 30 minutes from Austin, Westcave Cellars Winery is nestled in the oaks along scenic Hamilton Pool Road. The winery is a few miles west of Hamilton Pool Preserve, Reimers Ranch, and Westcave Preserve. Whether you are sightseeing at one of these local parks or traveling to the wineries in Fredericksburg, Dripping Springs and Driftwood, They invite you to visit Westcave Cellars.

January 24, 2015 – Bella Vista Ranch, Wimberley, TX
In 1996 Jack Dougherty, who grew up in the orchards of Santa Clara valley and later had a career working as an executive in the computer industry, purchased a dilapidated ranch with the intention of making it a working ranch. Today it has become an agricultural destination spot. Jack realized that Texas Hill Country soil and weather are akin to the Mediterranean, and he could not resist a stab at growing olives and grapes. Bella Vista Cellars produces a range of Italian varietals, as well as blackberry wine, from the fruit off the Ranch. They are passionate about high-quality, fresh produce and products.

January 31, 2015 – The Austin Winery, Austin, TX
As an urban winery, we are not tied to vineyards that we own. In fact, we don’t own any. Rather, we work with established family- owned vintners and grape growers from select regions to find the most expressive terroir for a particular varietal. Once we secure sourcing, we go to work crafting our wines.

February 7, 2015 – Bell Springs Winery, Dripping Springs, TX
Bell Springs Winery offers a selection of wines crafted from various regions across Texas and the United States. Their philosophy is great tasting wines with a little bit of something for everyone. Visiting guests can enjoy a large outdoor covered deck and tree lined lawns perfect for picnics. Bring along some food, grab a bottle of wine and hang out!

February 21, 2015 – Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, New Braunfels, TX
From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with expansion plans to produce 12,000. With only 5 acres of good soil, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards focuses on growing Black Spanish, which is resistant to Pierce’s disease. While we grow only one grape variety, don’t let that fool you. Dry Comal Creek has developed a series of award-winning specialty wines including French Colombard (Demi-Sweet and Bone Dry), Orange Muscat, White Black Spanish, Comal Red, Black Spanish and 1096 Port – each of them spectacular in their own right and meant to be drinkable now.

February 28, 2015 – Stone House Vineyards, Spicewood, TX
The name Stone House Vineyard suggests permanence and durability, two qualities owners Angela and Howard Moench undoubtedly espouse in their wine making and grape growing. At Stone House they believe excellence in wine making is about exploration and integrity.

Cooking Schools

September 11th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

cooking schoolsIf you are looking for a unique vacation opportunity, then join us at Blair House Inn for one of our three day themed cooking school. Chef Brian will give hands on instruction and inside information from years of culinary training. He will share some tips and tricks to make you a star at your next dinner party. Our cooking schools are lots of fun and very informative. you will learn everything from French techniques to mouth-watering BBQ on the grill. We also offer two day weekend cooking classes as well. You will work with Chef Brian to prepare the Saturday Evening Dinner. This class is limited to two people allowing for a more focused learning experience. Find the perfect cooking school for you and start cooking. Spaces go fast.

Remaining 2014 Cooking Schools

September 22nd – 24th : Sauces 101 – This class has no shortage of flavor! Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring. Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

October 6th – 8th : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

October 20th – 22nd: Taste of New Orleans – Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

November 3rd – 5th : Mediterranean Cuisine – If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

November 17th – 19th : Classic French – Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

December 1st – 3rd : Hill Country Holiday Feast & Baking ­- Get in the mood of the Holidays. Learn a variety of ways to cook turkey and side dishes. Make holiday dishes such as Mesquite Smoked Turkey, Chocolate Truffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Ginger Cookies, Classic Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Bruleé, Pecan and Sage Cornbread Dressing, and Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Port Glaze! Make this holiday traditional, but with a twist!

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

August 24th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

tripadvisor certificate of excellenceOnce again, Blair House Inn has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Four years in a row we have earned this rating. We strive every year to be the best we can and offer the very best to our guests. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence means we have ranked highly with our guests. We provide amenities and service above and beyond the status quo. We consistently rank high as a bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor, both locally and nationally. The new owners, Chris & Lois, will continue this tradition of excellence. They want to keep the level of service as high as possible. Take a look at our ranking and see for yourself why we have awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“Great Bed & Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014
My wife and I just spent three wonderful days at the beautiful and relaxing Blair House Inn. The Dallas room was perfect, the grounds were well kept, and the atmosphere was like staying with friends. But the best of all was the cooking! Wow! We loved everything from the amazing banana bread to the incredible eggs Benedict – and the desserts with wine before going to bed? Delicious! We would recommend the Blair House to anyone and everyone!

“Amazing food and hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013
We ate breakfast at the Blair House Inn two days and were not disappointed. The ambiance and service was great and the food was high-quality. The coffee stood out as being really good too.

“A Wonderful Romantic Getaway”
5 of 5 stars 5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2013
We recently spent a long weekend at the Blair House Inn to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. What a delightful place to stay. The accommodations were very comfortable and the food was absolutely fabulous! Each breakfast was delicious…but the Saturday evening dinner was amongst some of the best meals we’ve ever eaten…not to mention the fun wine and dessert turn-down service!

Our New Chef: Brian Maher

August 11th, 2014 by blairhouseinn

Our New Chef: Brian MaherBlair House Inn is proud to introduce our new chef, Brian Maher. Brian is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America with 25 years’ experience preparing high quality, delicious cuisine. His career has included such well known restaurants as Julia Child’s Kitchen in Napa Valley and The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, among others. Brian has shown a talent for creative dinner options and traditional dishes with a unique touch. He has stepped right into hosting our nationally recognized cooking schools. Offering guests a complete view of classic technique and modern improvements on French, Italian, BBQ, & Mediterranean cuisine. Join us for a cooking school or Saturday evening dinner. Open to outside guests, as well as guests staying at Blair House, Brian Maher’s newest gourmet meal is sure to please. Enjoy a perfect weekend getaway in the Texas hill country. Join us at Blair House Inn.

September 8th – 10th : Country French Cuisine – Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

October 6th – 8th : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

October 20th – 22nd: Taste of New Orleans – Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

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