Archive for July, 2011

Fried Summer Tomato Napoleon

A Little Southern Cuisine 

One of our newest lunch additions: Fried Summer Tomato Napoleons with Cajun Basil Shrimp, Sopressata, and Orange-Sage Vinaigrette

Photography by Jim Schaal


Going Green?

The answer to the paper plate: disposable Bambu All-Occasion Veneerware bamboo plate. Great for the table. Great for the ecosystem. Ideal for indoor and outdoor use, these beautiful, sturdy, environmentally friendly disposable bamboo plates provide a sleek alternative to boring, less sophisticated disposables. Made of 100% organically grown bamboo, these plates fully biodegrade in 4-6 months and contain no bleaches or dyes. Give us a call at 540.343.2577 to learn more!

Wish Lanterns

Biodegradable Wishes

Have you ever wished upon a shooting star? Now, you can arrange to have one at your wedding. Well, almost. Imagine your wedding evening. Just before you are about to hit the dance floor or cut your wedding cake, wouldn’t it be nice to involve your guests in a fun activity beforehand? If you answered yes, then Wish Lanterns are your answer.

These beautiful floating lanterns light up the night sky, and really make for a cool experience. This ancestral, Thai tradition involves you and your wedding guests each making a wish. Then you light lantern, hold it up and wait for it float out of your hands into the night sky. As legend would have it, the higher your lantern floats the more chance your wish has of coming true.

Available in several colors, these wish lanterns are such a great, low-cost idea to provide a nice element of participation by all of your guests. As a tip, the white lanterns stand out best against the night sky. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about any adverse environmental impact because the lanterns are made from a bamboo structure and covered in rice paper, which makes them fully biodegradable.

Wouldn’t it be nice to leave your guests with stars in their eyes? Try it and let us know. Check out the videos! You will be BLOWN AWAY!!

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Dinner Last Night! with a little tip

What I enjoyed about this meal beyond the beauty and quality of the meal, is the ease of execution after a long weekend. I recommend when menu planning, that you create menus that take less effort to plate up. Nothing is worse than when half of your guests have finished eating and the other half hasn’t even received their meal.

A First for US – Nesselrod on the New River 7/9 Wedding

What a blast this weekend!  WOW, Mark, how you have made the Nesselrod a fantastic wedding venue!!!! Brides, I can’t tell you how awesome this private tucked away gem is!!! If you find yourself looking for a romantic outdoor venue, it’s just a hop, skip and jump  to Radford. You can find more info on our venue page!

Photography by Jim Schaal

Fundraising Dinner 7/9/11

Pistachio Encrusted Chicken

Newest addition to our summer menus served with a Peach Chutney

Photography by Jim Schaal