Cena de Vino …or in other words, Spanish Wine Dinner!

I am thrilled to host our upcoming Cena de Vino at Rural Hill on Saturday, August 16, 2014! This will be the first wine pairing dinner of it’s kind here. I love food, and may possibly love wine even more, so I’m super excited to experience what Chef Tara and Sommelier Jordan have in store for us.

The Cena de Vino Menu:
The CENA DE VINO experience will feature five courses. The first course will be Croquetas de Jamon Serrano – Ham Croquettes. This will be followed by Gazpacho – chilled tomato soup with heirloom tomatoes, baby onions, grilled peppers, and smoked vinegar. The third course will feature Mediterranean Salad – a medley of artichokes, thin green beans, roasted red peppers, olives, and chickpeas with lemon herb vinaigrette. The main course will be Paella – a traditional rice dish with chicken, mussels, clams, chorizo, and herbs. The meal will conclude with a dessert of Flan served with berries. All courses will be paired with wine.

About Chef Tara:
Chef Tara Quinones love and passion for cooking came about as a child as she was fascinated watching her Grandfather “Papi” cook for hundreds of guests in his 75 acre summer resort in beautiful upstate NY. She is an alumnus of The Culinary Institute of America and has worked as a chef in West Palm Beach at the Four Seasons 5 Star Hotel, country clubs, as a private Chef in Boca Raton. Now in the Charlotte area, Chef Tara owns and runs her catering business and has worked as dining room manager, chef and general manager to several fine dining restaurants downtown Charlotte. It is her specialty to create custom menus designed especially for each client.

About Sommelier Jordan Wiley
North Carolina native, Jordan Wiley, has spent the past three years with European Cellars working closely with owner Eric Solomon at their Charlotte, North Carolina headquarters. Jordan studied wine with the Court of Master Sommeliers in addition to hospitality while attending the University of South Carolina. He has traveled to various winemaking regions including Napa, Italy, France, and Spain, visiting many of the properties imported by European Cellars.

About Eric Solomon, Owner – European Cellars:
As an importer, Eric Solomon is a champion of indigenous varieties and lesser known appellations with a knack for uncovering seriously delicious wines. Heralded by critics, including recognition as one of Robert Parker’s Wine Personalities of the Year, Food & Wine Magazine Best Importer, and Person of the Year at the 2008 Hospices du Rhone, Eric continues to seek out “the next big thing” and uncover the many treasures that lay hidden in the European landscape.

To make your reservations for the Cena de Vino at Historic Rural Hill, visit http://www.ruralhill.net.s

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Party On… and On!

Wedding venues are usually booked by brides and grooms at least 1 year prior to the actual wedding date.  It is the first vendor that is sought after since having the perfect place to say “I Do” is sometimes the most important.  Not to say other vendors aren’t important, there is just usually some wiggle room with timing to book those folks.  When a couple gets engaged the wedding becomes the focus for all those that are close to the soon-to-be bride and groom.  But the wedding is not the only celebration to plan!  Brides (and sometimes couples) have showers, brunches and let’s not forget the most important of the celebrations – Rehearsal Dinner Parties!!

Finding a great spot to congregate with your closest guests should be almost as important as the venue where you say “I Do”.  Not only do you want a space to enjoy some great food, but a place to enjoy merriment and fellowship with your guests as well.  And it MUST be a place that reflects to your guests the type of couple that you are.  Kicking off a wedding weekend the right way ensures that you and all of your guests will have a blast celebrating your nuptials all weekend long.

The venue we provide at Rural Hill has a caterer’s kitchen that your caterer will love – so bring in your favorite one!  We’ve also got a great sound system in our main hall that is perfect for guests giving toasts and music throughout the evening.  A large drop-down projection screen is ideal for playing those wonderfully embarrassing slide shows of the bride and groom from birth to wedding date.  And if you want the party to continue after the meal in done, stay awhile with your open bar to mix and mingle… maybe even have us create a bonfire outdoors for marshmallow roasting!

Renting a venue for a rehearsal dinner is becoming more and more popular.  This way you are not forced into choosing a space you love and having to commit to a menu that you don’t love.  You choose the venue and bring in the food you love and can afford.  Best of both worlds.  Period.

And of course let’s not forget that if you do need a place to host a bridal or couple’s shower, or that perfect brunch to celebrate the happy couple – we’ve got the space for you and your crew!

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Weddings 12 days a Month!

So many brides believe that Saturday is THE DAY to have a wedding …and I’ll admit it, I was married on a Saturday.  But Saturdays book fast throughout the year in the Cultural Center at Rural Hill just like they do at any reputable venue.  Solution?  How about considering a wedding on a Friday or a Sunday?  Many venues, including our own, has lower rental rates on Fridays and Sundays while expanding your wedding date options from 4 days a month to 12 days a month!  Want a specific weekend because of perfect weather or peak fall leaves?  I’ve now provided you with a solution when that perfect weekend already has a Saturday booked.  Feel free to thank me later.  :o)

Take a look at one of our recent Sunday weddings!

Amazing Maize Maze

As many of you know, Rural Hill is home of the Amazing Maize Maze here in Huntersville, North Carolina.  We dedicate an entire 7 acres of our 265 acre property strictly to an incredibly intricate corn maze.  With over 2 miles of connected paths throughout the  corn maze, one is bound to spend quite some time finding their way out.  Every year our maze is open starting the second weekend of September through the first weekend of November.  On Friday and Saturday nights we offer both day and night mazes.  The most common misconception…mazes are just for kids!  Groups of all ages frequent the day and night mazes and have a blast.  Our final weekend is approaching so you still have a chance to join us in getting lost in the corn.  And don’t forget your flashlight if you plan to come at night!

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