January 28th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair
December 12th, 2013 by Sharon Welch-Blair
A New Years Eve Downton Abbey dinner party is our biggest special event of the year. An elegant gourmet meal paired
with hand selected wines by our house sommelier gives everyone who loves an elegant intimate evening a chance to wear their black ties and gowns and then
dance the night away to live musicians and then toast the new year at midnight, just as they did a hundred years ago. The event is known as the most sought
after in Little Rock and is limited to 20 couples, so make your reservations now at http://theempress.com/packages/offers/2010-new-years-eve-package/.
Or call us now for all the added details for a special romantic getaway package which includes the dinner, two – four nights in suite of your choice,
gourmet candlelight breakfasts and special New Years Brunch on New Year’s Day. Mention you saw our blog and get a complimentary bottle of champagne in a silver server with your getaway package (minimum two night stay, please).
December 30th, 2012 by Sharon Welch-Blair
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 Pairing-Oregon 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.
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)
Cost: $225/per couple before December 26th; $250 after December 26th
June 17th, 2012 by Sharon Welch-Blair
Don’t miss the riproaring “old fashioned” fun at The Empress this Fourth of July! We’ll start the day with a unique neighborhood breakfast picnic where everyone brings a dish to share. This year the Downtown Neighborhood Association will provide Mimosas. There’ll be lots of old fashioned conversation and sharing before everyone heads out to do the things people do on our country’s birthday. But the fun won’t end there for guests; the Clinton Library will have free entrance and The 2011 World Series Trophy will be on display in the Library’s exhibit Play Ball! The St. Louis Cardials. FREE professional photographs will be taken with the Trophy from 9:30-2:30. Schedule and ticket information about photographs with the Trophy available http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/free- . In the evening, head out to the River for the Arkansas Symphony POPS presentation. Afterwards the sky will light up with the best fireworks display in Arkansas, all beside the Arkansas River. Bring your blanket, spread it out and enjoy!! Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy a fun day of nostalgia and a great night at Arkansas’ award winning bed and breakfast, The Empress of Little Rock!!
April 27th, 2012 by Lisa
Because we think Mom is so special, The Empress is throwing a party just for her on Mother’s Day! Join us for a Grand High Tea with home made English Scones, clotted cream and lemon curd, dainty gourmet finger sandwiches, elegant desserts, and specialty tea all freshly prepared and served with Victorian Pomp and Circumstance. Finish with our specialty hand-dipped chocolate covered cherries.
Converted in 1995 to The Empress of Little Rock Small Luxury Hotel and Conference Center, the mansion has an amazing history…which we will happily share with you! Step back in the past for an hour of genteel tea and good company during which your hostess will introduce you to the Victorian beginnings of The Empress! So don your gloves and wear your hat. This is an occasion to celebrate, share with your Mom, and remember
December 14th, 2011 by Lisa
The Empress’ own Sharon Welch-Blair will be showcasing the talents that have earned her the nickname “The Victorian Martha Stewart” on Saturday Morning Daybreak on December 17th. The Segment, which will air at 7:50 am and will showcase Sharon’s amazing Sweet-Potato Vichyssoise with Peanut Noshes, the first course of the New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner and Dance, where the soup will be served (along with a fabulous 4-course dinner with wine pairings.)
The Dinner Dance was recently featured in About.com’s “Top 9 New Year’s Eve Parties in Arkansas“. Ring in the New Year with elegant style at an intimate dinner party setting and a Champagne Toast at midnight! Tickets are $200 a couple including a special discount if purchased before December 26th.
Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance are available by calling the Empress at 501-374-7966.
And Check Back with our Blog after Sharon’s appearance on Saturday to get her recipe for that amazing Sweet Potato Vichyssoise! http://theempress.com/2011/12/14/the-empress-makes-a-grand-appearance/
April 26th, 2011 by Lisa
Because we think mom is so special, The Empress is throwing a party for Mother’s Day! Join us for a Grand High Tea with Scones, elegant desserts, dainty gourmet finger sandwiches and specialty tea, all made fresh in our kitchen. Finish with our specialty hand-dipped chocolate covered cherries and a tour of the historic Hornibrook Mansion. Converted in 1995 to The Empress of Little Rock Small Luxury Hotel and Conference Center, the mansion has an amazing history…which we will happily share with you! After stepping back in the past for an hour of genteel tea and good company, stay there as we introduce you to the Victorian beginnings of The Empress!