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

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!

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!

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!

Maze