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.