Thursday, April 18, 2013

Attention Wine and Beer Lovers - Whistling Swan Inn

My favorite German restaurant, the Black Forest Inn, located within the proverbial stone's throw of the Whistling Swan Inn, will be hosting two spectacular events this month. WOWEE! Food, beer and wine - it doesn't get much better.

For the Wine Connoisseur

On Monday, April 22, 2013, wine lovers can enjoy a 6-course Reisling wine tasting dinner featuring selections from the Dr. Loosen estate in Germany's Mosel Valley. The vineyard has been in the same family for nearly 200 years, its current owner set about creating world-class wines using practices designed to achieve excellence with a minimum of technological interference.

The dinner will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm and the cost per person, including tax and gratuity is $60.

For the Beer Aficionado

Beer lovers are in for a real treat. On Thursday, April 25, 2013, the Brooklyn Brewery and edibleJERSEY magazine will present an evening of food, beer and stories from 5:00-7:00 pm. There will be complimentary samples of the Brewery's Silver Anniversary Lager and locally made snacks. Guests can also enjoy a 5-course beer pairing dinner. Cost per person is $55, including tax and gratuity.

Reservations are required for both events.

Why not do a little pairing of your own with a quick overnight getaway at the Whistling Swan and one of these superb tasting events?


Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tom's Gluten Free Potato Frittata

Part of the fun of going to a bed and breakfast inn is the breakfast, and I want to be sure all my guests will be able to find something on the buffet to eat. Because gluten intolerance seems to be on the upturn, I'm now stocking my pantry with gluten free foods and looking for new recipes that not only will be delicious, but gluten-free as well.

One of Tom's specialties (and a big hit with our guests) is a potato crust frittata.

Whistling Swan Inn Potato Crust Frittata

  • 4 lbs. potatoes, sliced thin
  • 12 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 C butter, melted
  • 12 grape tomatoes, halved
  • Adobo seasoning
  • 1 green onion diced

Spray a 9 x 12 baking dish with Pam. Layer potatoes, brushing each layer with melted butter and sprinkling with Adobo. Bake potato crust at 400 degrees F for 35 minutes, until brown on edges. Push potatoes up sides of pan forming a shell. Sprinkle cheeses on potato crust. Pour in egg mixture. Place tomatoes and onions on top. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour until eggs are firm and golden brown on top.

Tip: Covering with foil will prevent the potatoes from getting too brown before the eggs are fully cooked.

This recipe will be making it into the 2013 version of the Whistling Swan cookbook, so be watching for it and other gluten free goodies.

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Monday, April 1, 2013

What's New at the Whistling Swan Inn?

I'm a big proponent of ongoing professional education. It's critical if we are to understand and meet the needs of our "customers".  Two weeks ago Tom and I took a break from our bed and breakfast, the Whistling Swan Inn and went to the Mid-Atlantic Innkeepers' Conference in Hunt Valley, MD, a three-day event where a bunch of inn owners learn about important stuff like new industry trends, exceeding guest expectations and increasing online presence.

I could have listened all day to keynote speaker, Robin Crow, owner of Dark Horse Recording, who illustrated his topic of "Exceeding Expectations" with anecdotes about such music luminaries as Neil Diamond, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

One of the breakout workshops offered tips on strategically using Pinterest to build online interest and gain followers. Check out my boards and feel free to repin.

But my favorite part of every conference is the trade show. I smelled, tasted and felt my way around the exhibition center at least three times each day looking for goodies to bring back to the Inn.

I sampled exquisite tea from the Cozy Tea Cart, which will be making an appearance at my tea parties in the near future. The just-launched rosemary and mint bath amenities from Gilchrist and Soames were definitely worth waiting for, but the piece de resistance were the luxurious, plush robes from Chadsworth and Haig, which now hang proudly in each of my suites. These robes are the ultimate of softness, and believe me, once you put one on, you won't want to take it off. I certainly didn't.

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
Check availability