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New Year’s Eve Menu 2016

December 29th, 2015 by Antonio

The Delicious Menu for our 2016 New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance!

New Year's Eve Wine Dinner Dance

Seated at the New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance

 

Thia year’s New Year’s Eve Downton Abbey Wine Dinner Dance with repeat a gourmet menu and pared wines with complementary wines selected by our House Sommelier.  Join us for a wonderful unique experience from the 1880’s as a treasured guest of the “Hornibrook Family”.  Our bow-tied butler will greet you with a special memento  hand made by the housee staff.  You’ll b

e served by “tailed” waiters and Victorian Apron maids and the night will waft with conversation, dancing, and champaign at the witching hour!

The Soup

Victoric and Albet’s Leek and Brie Cream Soup

North Coast Chardonnay, Clos duBois 2012

The Sorbet—Palette Cleanser

Queen Anne Rosewater Sorbet    

                                                          The Main Course

Spiced Tenderloin with mustard cream sauce

Tart a ’la Oignou avec la courgle

Salade de fromage

with raspberries,

Goat Cheese, Caramelized Almond Croutons

Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing

Yeast Rolls

Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011

The Finale

Eggnog Creme’ en croute with Blackberries

                          Oregon Pinot Gris, Vin Glacé, King Estate, 2007   

COME ENJOY THE “DOWNTON ABBEY” EXPERIENCE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Years Eve, Downton Abbey Style

January 6th, 2015 by Antonio

winedinnertableNew Years Eve, Downton Abbey style,  proved an elegant and vintage end to 2014. Guests at the Wine Dinner Dance were met in the entry parlor by an appropriately aproned maid with flutes of wine.    Gifts of handmade Victorian paper and ribbon medallions announced them as honored guests.  Hosts, Bob and Sharon, owners of the Empress, escorted the elegantly clad guests to the formal dining room to feast on a four-course gourmet meal featuring: Pumpkin and Fig Autumn Soup with a Pumpkin-Nutmeg Creme Fraiche, Victorian Rosewater Sorbet, Beef Wellington Duxelles accompanied by Gruyere Sausage Stuffed Onions, Blueberry Goat Cheese Salad with toasted Almand Croutons; Pear-Parsnip Velvete’ with Cognac, and a dessert finale of Apple Butter Pie and fresh creme.  Each course was paired with a unique wine chosen by the house sommelier to compliment the distinct flavor of each course. winedinnerbobsharon

During dinner, lively conversation sprang up among guests representing Britian, Israel, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and various cities around Arkansas.  After dinner, up came the rugs in the main parlor for dancing and live musical entertainment began, provided by Jeff Long and Mary Kai CLark, well known local entertainers.  Flames danced in the fireplaces, candles and oil lamps throughout the parlors of the mansion, as well guests.  At the witching hour of midnight, guests toasted the New Year in with a glass of champagne to the strains of Auld Ang Syne.

It was a memorable evening and we are glad to be able, once again, to host so many wonderful guests for this New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance, “Downton Abbey style”!  We hope you’ll join us next year.  Sign up for our newsletter to catch all the wonderful events throughout the year.

 

A Downton Abbey New Year’s Eve

December 12th, 2013 by Antonio

New Year's Eve Downton Abbey Style
New Year's Eve Downton Abbey Style

Downton Abbey at The Empress

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 https://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). 

A Magical Victorian Christmas at The Empress of Little Rock Arkansas

Empress Dining Room just before New Year’s Eve preparations