Posts Tagged ‘Little Rock’

South Main Streets Marching into Spring

March 11th, 2014 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Riding along the Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas

A beautiful ride over the Arkansas River

Just a few short blocks from The Empress is South Main and we’re excited
about welcoming Sweet Home furnishings, great new antique architectural pieces or
shabby chic, now located at 1324 South Main Street, and  Moxy
Modern Mercantile – Vintage Store,  home to 500 modern
shabby chic & great new items. These add to the Green Corner Store which
has many unique gift items  & great
home style ice cream, YUM!  Both new business now OPEN!!

Speaking of South Main, has anyone tried the new bike lanes out yet? Now that the weather is warning up the cabin fever can come to an end, we’re ready to burn off some of those winter pounds so put on your helmets and roll the spokes!  If biking isn’t your thing then you may want to stretch your legs in the Downtown Dash 10k/5K Run on March 15th 8:00 AM, presented by the Junior League of Little Rock.

Little Green in your blood? Ok, Ye Lucky Irish Lades there’s  plenty for you too.  Starting out on March 15th with the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Parade Route begins at Fourth & Rock in downtown Little Rock, passing Dugan’s Irish Pub  at Third & Rock, travels east on Third, turning north on Sherman, then west on President Clinton Blvd through River Market .

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 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.

 

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.

Mother’s Day High Tea Highlighted on Channel 11

May 14th, 2012 by Assistant Innkeeper

Mother’s Day High Tea was one of the events going on in the Quapaw Quarter this weekend, but it was the only one devoted to Mom! Each Mom received a rose following a time-honored tradition: red if living, white if not. Guests were entertained by a musical presention that brought a tear to the eye of several mothers. “Think of Me,” from Phantom of the Opera was performed by Jena Blair, Sharon’s granddaughter. The highlight was a recitation from a May 30, 1909, article from the New York Times describing the country cousin who drank from his “finger bowl”, not understanding the quintessential and legendary use of the finger bowl for cleansing dainty fingers.  Guests had a good chuckle and sampled the custom for themselves. Lots of tea, scones, and clotted cream, not to mention specialty sandwiches and tradtional English desserts, whetted the palate of male and female guests alike.

Channel 11 heartily agreed and aired a lovely segment on the news highlighting a romantic experience and past traditions, all designed to make Mom’s day very special and unique. We hope you all enjoy reading about the event and seeing the video to follow from Channel 11. Catch us again next year.