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New York Times: Tired of Mother’s Day Brunch? Try Tea!

April 29th, 2017 by Sharon Welch-Blair

The New York Times says it best: TIRED OF MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH? TRY TEA!  And your “Downtown Abbey”, The Empress of Little Rock,  has the solution!  Mother’s Day Grand High Tea, Sunday, May 14th at 3:00 p.m.  Call 501-374-7966 or visit www.theempress.com for complete details.  Reservations are required; seating is limited.  

The New York Times is suggesting a better alternative to Mother’s Day Brunch might be a unique experience with Mom with a British bent, Victorian Grand High Tea. An opportunity to connect with our vintage past and our family ties!  Elegant Irish Creme Scones, recipe shared direct from The Empress Hotel in A teacup for Mother's! What a great Mother's Day Tradition.Victoria, Canada, homemade lemon curd, clotted cream, Brie Fig Tea Sandwiches, and the “Piece de resistance”, meringues with Rose Water Cream and fresh fruit of the season, just to tickle your appetite a wee bit.  

Join us after for a tour of the award winning and beautifully restored  1888 Hornibrook Mansion and learn the architecture, the history of the Irish American family that built it, and the tragedy that has created the “mystique” in the card room on the third floor.  Some even say there’s a Ghost!
Gentlemen, join us with your Mothers.  Ladies, wear your hats and Beauty at The Empress Gardensyour gloves.  We’ll bring out the crystal, silver, china, and nostalgia.  We’ll have some special memento and surprises as well.   It’s a special day to remember, rejoice, and enjoy!!

$45 per person plus tax and gratuity

Reservations required.  Limited Seating.

Holiday Decor Delights Little Rock Guests

December 9th, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

The elves at Thxmastreenotraine Empress of Little Rock have been working so hard to get each and every ornament and wreath in place for the Christmas season. We have trimmed every tree (all 10!) and tied each bow to bring our guests the most exquisite display of holiday decor in Little Rock.

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Much care has been taken to preserve the historic integrity of The Empress at Christmas. Each of our unique pieces tell a story of long forgotten traditions. It is a place of live boughs of greens and handmade ornaments and where tiny candles still light the tree. A white wire tree filled with Victorian mementos sits atop our square Steinway in the Ladies’ Parlor. During our ‘Downton Abbey’ New Year’s Eve Wine and Dinner Dance this room is filled with the sounds of live musicians, the clank of wine glasses and the rushing of ball gowns as they waltz away the evening!whirewiretreexmas

In addition to our trees, we have a beautiful Nativity Dining room,The Empress of Little Rockscene, two handmade kissing balls, our authentic 1800’s wooden sleigh, and countless other wonders for the eye. Each mantle is decked in greenery and hung with stockings. It is the “most wonderful time of the year”!

Tours Available Now!

Explore the Empress in her holiday splendor! There are surprises around every corner. Learn the complete history of the Hornibrook mansion- from its completion in 1888 to its present day restoration. Holiday tours are $12.50 per person and are daily at 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Reservations are not necessary for groups fewer than ten.frontdoor-wreaths

Our holiday decor is not the only reason to visit The Empress. We have plenty of seasonal packages available year round!kershxmas

 

Menu Posted for the New Year’s Eve “Downtown” Abbey Wine Dinner Dance

December 30th, 2012 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Dining room,The Empress of Little Rock

Dining in Elegance, a lost art.

It’s a “Downtown” Abbey experience for this New Year’s Eve at The Empress of Little Rock.  Guests will be “introduced” and offered their first wine pairing, a glass of Russian River Valley, “J” Vineyards and Wineries- “Pinot Gris” 2011, while enjoying the lilting sounds from the 1870 Steinway piano sporting a very rare African Mahogany soundboard.  Gone are the days when elegant clothes, butlers, ladies maids, fine silver, crystal, china, and  international “reparte`” are served for dinner.  But that opportunity still exists at The Empress of Little Rock where handmade Victorian mementos are on the menu along with fine food and wine.                                                                                                      le menu

The Salad Course: Hearts of Romaine with Blackberries, Goat Cheese, Toasted Almond Croutons and Classic Garlic Vinagrette.

The Soup/Palette Cleanser : Apple “Cider” Soup –Wine Pairing: Russian River Valley,”J” Vinyard and Winery, “Pinot Gris”,2011

The Main Course: Fig and Bleu Cheese Stuffed Pork Loin; Acorn Squash Rings with Anisette Wild Rise; Asparagus with Hollandaise

Wine Pairing-Cru Beaujolais Morgon, Georges DuBoeuf, Red Burgundy, 2011

The Finale: Fruit Gratinees Matisse with Ruby Port Sabayon; Wine PairingOregon Pinot Gris,Vine Glace`, King Estate, 2007

Join Hosts Robert Blair and Sharon Welch-Blair for their annual gourmet extravaganza and dance and be entertained by classically trained musicians in the Grand Manor of “Downton Abbey”.  Make your reservations now at 501-374-7966.   A few seats are still available for this exclusive gala event.  Book a romantic getaway, avoid the drive and enjoy an elegant brunch at 11:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day in the Dining Room of The Empress, the Souths finest “old world” experience, compliments of The Empress!

Look for recipes from this special meal in our next blog.

 

Enjoy a New Year’s Eve like “Downton Abbey”!

December 19th, 2012 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Forget the noise and the noise makers! Book your reservations now for the Annual New Year’s Eve  “Victorian Affair” Wine Dinner Dance- like “Downton Abbey”.  Known as one of the top events in Central Arkansas area, The Empress of Little Rock will host an evening of food, wine, dancing, entertainment, excitement and the beginning of the New Year.

Step back to December 31st, 1889, the Hornibrook family’s first new year  in this magnificent mansion.  The guests are arriving in their elegant attire. The food is all prepared.  The music wafts throughout the house dressed in live greens and holiday finery.  The laughter, excitement, anticipation are mounting with each minute that draws closer to midnight.  The witching hour brings a champagne toast to “Auld Lang Syne”.

Join us December 31st for a magnificent wine dinner paired with fine wines by our House Sommelier beginning at 8:00 p.m. followed by dancing in the parlors just like “the olden days”.

 Black Tie Optional                                  Don’t Drive-Romantic Getaways still available-(discounts for overnight stay)

Time(s)            8pm-12am

Cost: $225/per couple before December 26th; $250 after December 26th

Seating Limited.

Holiday Feast a Delicious Success

January 10th, 2012 by Lisa

The New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance at The Empress was greatly enjoyed by all!  The Food was delicious, the music wonderful and the company fun and interesting!

The Menu was amazing and included: Sweet Potato Vichyssoise with Peanut Noshes, Holiday Sorbet, Braised  Lamb with Figs in Red Wine Demi-glaze, Sausage & Cheese Stuffed Red Onions, Asiago Apple  Salad with a Creamy Honey Dill Vinagrette, Herb Bread & Butter and a finale of Glazed & Candied Chocolate Beet Cake with Vanilla Bean whipped cream and Strawberries.

Want to share some of these fabulous recipes?  We have already given you instructions for our Sweet Potato Vichyssoise both on our blog and on Saturday Daybreak.  Join us on our blog each day this week for another of our fabulous New Year’s Eve Recipes!