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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!

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.