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

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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 – Party On!

 

 

 

a Bridal Show at Rural Hill??

Yep!  And here’s why.

How many of you have been to one of those big …and I mean BIG bridal shows that are held in convention centers or other large capacity venues?  I have!  For me it felt very impersonal and more like cattle herding.  I was hoping to have the chance to really get to know some vendors and start building relationships with the people who were going to make my wedding day magical.  In my case, this was not the case at all.  I was pushed through crowds and could hardly get a full sentence in with a vendor, much less a conversation.

When I started working at Rural Hill and managing our events venue, my first thought was “we need to host a bridal show!”.  So here we are in the planning process of hosting our 1st annual bridal show!  Get excited …because I am.  :o)  This will not be your ordinary bridal show.  Food and wine will be served, along with a great DJ spinning some tunes.  The goal is for you, the client, to come in our venue and feel like you’re at a wedding reception.  You’ll have the chance to mix and mingle with some of the area’s best vendors and truly start to build real relationships with them.  After all, you’ll be communicating more with them over the next year than you will many of your friends.  Great relationships with your vendors = perfect wedding day.

Our participating vendors will be available to demonstrate what they can offer to you, answer all of your questions and best of all – offer you DISCOUNTS!  Why not join us in this fun, party atmosphere where you’ll meet your new BFFs and get great deals for booking them?  And best of all …in my opinion… you’ll get to see our rustic chic venue in action!  If you love it, book it – because I’ll be offering deals just like everyone else.   :o)

The event is FREE, you’ll have the chance to win some amazing door prizes and it’ll be lots of FUN.  So mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 1pm-5pm.

Your chance to win door prizes increases with an RSVP to me…so feel free to contact me if you plan to attend!  Lauren@RuralHill.net

We’re located in Huntersville, NC.  Look us up if you’ve never been out for a visit!

Then and Now …The Story Behind the Cultural Center at Rural Hill

Along with the many people who know and love Rural Hill and its rich culture, there are many folks that don’t know a thing about it.  So here’s a brief summary of who, what, and when of Rural Hill and our beautiful Cultural Center.

 

In 1761 John Davidson, a blacksmith and American born son to Scottish immigrants married Violet Wilson, daughter of the wealthy Samuel Wilson.  In 1765 John purchased 250 acres from his father-in-law near McDowell Creek.  This is what formed the nucleus of Rural Hill.  Over the following 200 years Rural Hill transitioned from one of the largest and most prosperous plantations in Mecklenburg County to a small family farm.  In 1989, after 5 generations of continuous Davidson ownership, the land was sold to Mecklenburg County by Elizabeth, John Springs, and May Davidson, the last surviving direct descendents of John Davidson.  In 2011 May Davidson, the last surviving descendent of John Davidson passed on.  She left funds to be used for “building and/or maintenance of a cultural center dedicated to preserving and celebrating Scottish Heritage”.  Her generous gift enabled Historic Rural Hill to construct the Cultural Center at Rural Hill.

Ground was broken for the new Cultural Center at the Rural Hill annual “First Footin” on January 1, 2012.  The Center was dedicated during the next “First Footin” on January 1, 2013.

The Cultural Center contains the 2,000+ square-foot May Davidson Hall, a large multi-purpose space, and the Rural Hill Scottish Heritage Library.

 

Great story, right??  Not only can you experience the beauty that is Rural Hill, but the culture and history that we have to offer will truly set your event apart from all the rest!