The Gables at Chadds Ford Restaurant, Bar and Private Parties 2018-04-24T12:46:32Z http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/feed/atom/ gableseditor <![CDATA[A Fairy Tale Wedding: Colleen and Chris Patterson]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8263 2018-04-24T12:46:32Z 2018-04-24T12:46:32Z Technology had a big hand in Colleen and Chris Patterson’s happily ever after, thanks to MySpace and some creative Googling. Yes, MySpace. In 2007, Chris found Colleen Campbell’s MySpace profile and messaged her. Colleen had just finished grad school and was new to Chris’ hometown of Salisbury, Md. She almost ignored the message, then figured she was looking for friends in her ...

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Technology had a big hand in Colleen and Chris Patterson’s happily ever after, thanks to MySpace and some creative Googling.

Yes, MySpace.

In 2007, Chris found Colleen Campbell’s MySpace profile and messaged her. Colleen had just finished grad school and was new to Chris’ hometown of Salisbury, Md. She almost ignored the message, then figured she was looking for friends in her new area and thought he seemed interesting.

“We went on our first date … and that was it,” Colleen recalled. “Well, to be fair, we had a great time, had dinner, hung out after and I felt really comfortable with him. But he was kind of keeping his distance, so I thought, ‘well, at least he’ll be a good friend.’”

As fate would have it, Chris called the next day. Turns out he was just being a gentleman and taking it slowly. From that point on, that was definitely “it.” Dating morphed into living together, and eventually led to a proposal. Colleen was sure “the day” was coming when she decided she really wanted to move back home to New Jersey — and Chris decided he’d be coming along.

The surprise proposal happened during a vacation to New York’s Finger Lakes. Although Colleen was usually the vacation planner, this time Chris stepped in and handled it all.

“He found a house on a lake — it was just gorgeous!” Colleen said. “The first night, after dinner, we came back to hang out on the beautiful deck overlooking the lake. Chris said he had a surprise, and he brought out a new version of a t-shirt I’d ruined long ago. I loved the gesture, but then he said he had another surprise, and got down on one knee!”

Colleen says she’s a very emotional person, so she started crying, so much so that she asked him to repeat his proposal because she’d missed some of it! That was the start of a magical vacation and their new life together.

Colleen, 36, a speech pathologist specializing in early intervention and providing services in clients’ homes, and Chris, 37 a parts and service representative for a generator company, currently call Washington Township, N.J., home. How, then, did they find The Gables at Chadds Ford for their dream wedding?

That’s where the creative Googling stepped in. Both Colleen and her mom were searching Bucks County for rustic wedding venues, but no matter what search words they used, Delaware County’s own The Gables at Chadds Ford kept popping up. It was the first venue the couple visited.

“We met with Sam Westenberger and were blown away when we saw the barn and the outdoor area out back,” Colleen explained. “We loved the bridal suite, the bar, the reception area and that it fit into our budget.”

“From the outside, you can’t really see everything The Gables offers,” Chris added. “You walk inside, and it’s, like, ‘Wow!’ We visited a few other places because we’d made appointments, but after seeing The Gables, every other place was just meh. Nothing compared.”

The couple also was taken with the fact that nearly everything could be done on-site, from getting ready in the bridal suite while sipping on champagne and nibbling on cheese and fruit to the ceremony and leading right into the reception.

“It was a really relaxing day because we didn’t have to drive around to different places for things like hair, makeup and the rest of getting ready,” Colleen said.

The Pattersons also took advantage of our preferred vendor list, using Wooden Arrow Paperie for save-the-date cards and invitations, Fresh Designs Florist for flowers and The Master’s Baker for the cake. Colleen was also delighted to work with our team and rent decor rather than having to buy it.

“We loved the look and feel of The Gables; it’s rustic, simple and elegant, so we didn’t have to add a lot of decorations,” Chris added. “We liked working with everyone there, but especially Sam as our go-to person. She was with us from the first visit through the tastings to the end. She’s friendly, always smiling and answered all questions with a quick email response.”

Our outdoor space was a big draw for the Pattersons. The couple was married outside, and since it was a beautiful fall day, many guests lingered out back to enjoy the cool weather among the fire pits.

“We can’t forget the food!” Colleen said. “We ordered everything from our tasting: French chicken breast, filet mignon and salmon; they were all amazing. We had a pasta station and butlered hors d’oeuvres like crab-stuffed mushrooms, bacon-wrapped shrimp and our favorite, the grown-up grilled cheese. It was great that we could customize. The best part? Our guests let us know how much they enjoyed the food.”

What started as a flirtatious MySpace message ended with a dream wedding on Oct. 13, 2017. We’re grateful the Pattersons found us online, and even more delighted they visited and chose to start their life together with us.

Ready to get started? Contact our events team at (610) 388-7100 or by email, and remember to ask about holding a wedding within two months of booking. (Insider’s tip: There’s a deal for that!)

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Featured image: First Impression Photography; other photos, top to bottom: Chris Patterson; First Impression Photography (all other photos)

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Try This: Our Chef’s Spring Scallops Recipe]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8200 2018-03-30T15:20:17Z 2018-03-30T15:20:17Z The slow freeze of winter is melting away — what better way to ease into spring than with a simple recipe that honors both cold weather favorites and fresh flavors? Dive into one of our chef’s favorite scallop recipes! They sit atop a flavorful mash dressed with the bright flavors of honey and lemon and drizzled with a just-right sweet reduction. ...

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The slow freeze of winter is melting away — what better way to ease into spring than with a simple recipe that honors both cold weather favorites and fresh flavors?

Dive into one of our chef’s favorite scallop recipes! They sit atop a flavorful mash dressed with the bright flavors of honey and lemon and drizzled with a just-right sweet reduction. Eat up!

Pan-Seared Scallops Over Saffron Parsnip Mash, Mache Pomegranate Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing and Blood Orange Reduction

Serves 4

Saffron Potato and Parsnip Mash

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound parsnips, scrubbed, peeled and diced
  • Saffron threads, pinch
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Dice potatoes and parsnips to 1-inch pieces; add to pot with enough water to cover and simmer until soft. Meanwhile, steep saffron in 2 tablespoons hot water.
  2. After potatoes and parsnips are fork tender, turn off heat, drain and return to pot for about a minute to dry excess moisture.
  3. Gently heat milk to a simmer, about 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in melted butter and saffron water.
  4. Pour liquid over the cooked potatoes and parsnips. Using a potato masher, mash everything together until smooth.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Honey Lemon Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 lemons, both zest and juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  1. In small mixing bowl, add honey, lemon zest and juice and mustard; whisk together.
  2. Slowly add the oil in a steady stream; whisk constantly until smooth.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Scallops:

Ingredients:

  • 12 U-10 scallops
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2–3 tablespoons olive oil

Method

  1. Pat scallops dry and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 12-inch saute pan on medium high heat; add 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  3. Just when the pan starts to smoke, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other.
  4. Sear for 1 1/2 minutes on each side.

Blood Orange Reduction

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh blood orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Method

  1. Stir juice and sugar in heavy medium saucepan over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes until sauce is reduced by half and has thickened.
  3. Cool before use.

 

Serving instructions (note: Purchase mache lettuce and pomegranate seeds at any quality grocery store):

  1. Spoon 3/4 cup of the mash and top with three scallops.
  2. Garnish with mache and pomegranate seeds.
  3. Dress the salad with honey lemon dressing and finish garnishing the plate with the blood orange reduction.

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos: The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Wedding Receptions Made Easy: Find Out How With These 6 Tips]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8170 2018-04-16T21:29:47Z 2018-03-21T15:46:51Z Wedding planning? Easy? Is it possible? Yes, it is! When you have the right help from the start, planning your reception can be low-stress and enjoyable for everyone involved … especially the happy couple! Sound like a fairy tale? It’s not, and even better, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, a great venue will offer wedding planning services as ...

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Wedding planning? Easy? Is it possible? Yes, it is! When you have the right help from the start, planning your reception can be low-stress and enjoyable for everyone involved … especially the happy couple!

Sound like a fairy tale? It’s not, and even better, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, a great venue will offer wedding planning services as part of what it does to make your day magical. Look for these features and benefits when you’re deciding where to hold your special day.

1. Help From Start to Finish

The venue should offer a complimentary tour of the grounds with an events team member. That way, a resident expert is there to answer all of your questions on the spot. Once you book the venue, you should know that an events team member will be available to you from the moment you sign the contract until you wave goodbye at the end of the reception.

“Kelly and I are here from the day the couple takes their tour through to the reception,” said The Gables at Chadds Ford’s banquet manager, Samantha Westenberger, of her and event coordinator and general manager Kelly Donahue’s involvement as event planning experts. “We’re here to help in any way and relieve any stress with coordination, tips and advice.”

2. Ability to Accommodate Your Budget for Your Dream Menu

A solid wedding venue will provide set menu packages, but will also work with you to design the ideal dining experience for your taste preferences, dietary needs and concerns, and budget. There should be flexibility and open communication to ensure you and your guests will be delighted without breaking the bank.

“We’re always happy to help stay within a budget,” Kelly said. “We can even go so far as to create financials based on what the couple is thinking about. If we need to work with them to find ways to tweak the financials to bring the cost down, then we’re happy to make recommendations. Our chef is great at coming up with different and delicious options!”

3. Special Touches Included in the Total Cost

Bring a checklist to your tour to make sure you’re not being nickeled-and-dimed for things as simple as linens and place settings. Here’s what The Gables includes as part of the very reasonable room fee (ask about weekday discounts!):

  • White, floor-length table linens and napkins.
  • Tables set with china, flatware, glassware and white tealight candles to compliment your centerpiece arrangements.
  • Use of outdoor terrace space.
  • Room setup and cleanup.
  • Our wedding suite dressing room with complimentary light refreshments is available for the guest of honor along with his or her attendants for ceremonies held on the grounds. You are welcome to arrive as early as six hours before your ceremony’s start time.
  • A complimentary gift card will be given to the couple for a one-year anniversary dinner at The Gables at Chadds Ford.

Upgrades are always available, but those should be your choice, not something that’s hidden in the contract.

4. Pros at Decorations

A venue with an aesthetic and ambiance that speaks to you is key. But you’re going to want to make the space your own with decorations, and the events team should not only be accepting of that, but prepared and willing to help.

“We have what we call our ‘decor department,’” Samantha added. “They’re here to help style the reception and handle setup. The couple drops off their decorations the night before, and when they arrive the next day, it’s all in place — no worries! Naturally, we take care of the cleanup, too.”

Not into decor or need an assist? At The Gables, we are ready to jump in — plus, The Gables has rental decor. We start by meeting with the couple to get ideas and wishes, and then offer different ideas and options. Talk about no stress!

5. Access to Trusted Vendors

Although a good venue will include many amenities in the package, there are some vendors you’ll need to hire, such as a photographer, videographer, florist, etc. The venue should have no trouble directing you to trusted vendors.

“We have some really great relationships with different vendors thanks to our many years in the business,” Kelly noted. “We provide every couple with a list of preferred vendors, but we’re not exclusive, so couples are able to work with whomever they want to as long as the vendor has liability insurance. We’re really flexible!”

6. Bottom Line: Look for a One-Stop Shop

At The Gables, we like to make everything as simple and as stress-free as possible. We start with the tour, then coordinate the event from start to finish. We keep an eye on your budget and include many items other venues may charge to provide. We have professional decorating assistance, including decor rentals. And we have recommended vendors we know will do a great job. All you need to do? Show up and enjoy.

Did you know The Gables has a booking incentive? Book a date that’s only two months away and receive 75 percent off one passed or stationed hors d’oeuvre, 25 percent off an 8’ x 8’ Nicol Floral Designs silk flower wall or a complimentary champagne toast. Get all the details, check for your preferred date and book today.

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos, top to bottom: Alexandra Whitney; Clair Pruett Photography; The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Why Wood-Fired Food Tastes Best (Give it a Try!)]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8139 2018-03-14T11:49:35Z 2018-03-14T11:49:35Z It’s not barbecue and it’s not smoking … it’s something in between, and it’s magical! We’re talking about wood-firing food and how it imparts irresistibly unique, roasty flavors and depth to meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. “Chefs prefer wood-fired grills over gas because you get better flavor,” said The Gables at Chadds Ford executive chef Jose Castillo. “The smoke from the wood penetrates ...

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It’s not barbecue and it’s not smoking … it’s something in between, and it’s magical! We’re talking about wood-firing food and how it imparts irresistibly unique, roasty flavors and depth to meat, poultry, fish and vegetables.

“Chefs prefer wood-fired grills over gas because you get better flavor,” said The Gables at Chadds Ford executive chef Jose Castillo. “The smoke from the wood penetrates while the food is cooking for nuanced flavors. Even though we use modern cooking techniques at The Gables, having a wood-fired grill is the more Southern-style of grilling that we love.”

Not only does wood-firing’s subtly smoky hints meld perfectly with The Gables’ Southern-inspired cuisine, but it also hearkens back to roots in Spain and South America, where it was used as a rustic way to roast and braise, too.

“Cooking over an open flame goes back the cave man, man and fire,” Jose added. “The Argentinians and Brazilians got it right — gaucho cooking is simple, and the basis of hearty meals.”

Bonus: Wood-firing is more than just delicious — it’s also a healthier way to cook. Fat drippings drop into the grill so the food doesn’t “sit” in them. Vegetables cook quickly to retain more nutrients and bigger flavors as the flame caramelizes them to create a slight sweetness along with the smokiness. And using high heat and a live flame gives a beautiful sear on steaks and other proteins while the inside remains tender and juicy.

“We wood-fire grill our steaks, beef and turkey burgers, and chicken and vegetable paninis; plus the romaine, asparagus, salmon and shrimp that go on our salads,” Jose noted.

And what does chef Jose reach for when he’s in the mood for wood-fired nibbles? Grilled asparagus and grilled shrimp for a light, healthy and tasty repast.

Curious? Hungry? Join us for lunchdinner, Sunday brunch or at the bar — check out our happy hour, too. Our wood-fired specialties pair beautifully with selections from our extensive winereserve wine and beer lists, any number of our signature cocktails and martinis and our bourbons and single malt scotches (pro tip: try a flight). Our friendly servers and bartenders are always happy to make recommendations.

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos: The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Meet the Team: Executive Chef Jose Castillo]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8058 2018-02-20T13:55:15Z 2018-02-20T13:55:15Z When Jose Castillo was a young boy in Mexico, he’d spend time in the kitchen watching his mom prepare food for him and his seven siblings on a limited budget and with limited supplies. He marveled at how his mom created satisfying and delicious meals, and that image filled his soul as well as his stomach. Now The Gables at Chadds ...

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When Jose Castillo was a young boy in Mexico, he’d spend time in the kitchen watching his mom prepare food for him and his seven siblings on a limited budget and with limited supplies. He marveled at how his mom created satisfying and delicious meals, and that image filled his soul as well as his stomach.

Now The Gables at Chadds Ford’s executive chef, Jose hearkens back to when he came to the United States at age nine. His dad had been living and working here so that, one by one, he could bring the entire family to America. He worked fields, did landscaping and toiled in Toughkenamon’s mushroom houses. Back in Mexico, his mom opened a little food stand outside their house. Jose’s siblings helped prep food — including handmade tortillas — while Jose delivered the takeout orders. These are lessons in hard work that Jose will never forget, lessons that fuel his lifelong pursuit of excellence.

“I think of my parents, and how they worked and sacrificed — a lot — so I could have the opportunity to pursue what I wanted to do,” Jose said. “I’m so grateful, and because of them, I keep pushing myself to go further and further. Both my parents worked hard to give us a better life.”

Jose has come far since his culinary school days at YTI Career Institute. He worked nights at the Mendenhall Inn after being in school all day. He started there as a banquet server, then moved into the kitchen to help with banquet prep. He began to move through the ranks with stints at Kennett Steak and Mushroom Restaurant, going from sauté to kitchen supervisor and producing the daily specials. His catering experience came in handy at Aramark at Widener University School of Law; Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and Longwood Gardens.

“A great chef once told me, ‘Don’t ask for a raise; ask for responsibility,’” Jose noted. Clearly, he took that advice to heart.

Jose’s responsibilities continued to grow as sous chef at St. Joseph’s University, where he managed the kitchen staff for residential dining and catering. He then became chef manager at the University of Delaware’s Goodstay Center, overseeing a conference center, the cafe and large events.

As luck would have it (for us!), Jose started with us part-time on weekends. The rest is Gables history.

“Working at those other venues helped me learn a lot about time management, sanitation, food cost, portion control and the other crucial things that make a restaurant run well,” Jose said. “What our customers will see is that I’m upholding The Gables’ good name for quality and professionalism while putting my own spin on the menu.”

One of Jose’s passions is gardening, which he learned from his father. Fans of our rooftop garden’s fresh produce will be delighted to know that Jose will bring those talents to bear because “fresher is better.” In his precious little spare time, he also enjoys landscaping and hanging out with his dog, Chewie (as in Star Wars’ Chewbacca, not a chew toy!). During warm weather, he also likes to tend to his koi pond.

“It’s something to come home to after a long, busy day,” he explained. “Grab a Captain and ginger, sit by the pond and relax.”

You’ll also find Jose cooking at home, of course! He likes to keep it simple, going back to his Mexican roots but adding a twist.

“I like to mix in a little Mexican with Spanish and Italian,” he said. “So I might make Spanish meatballs, finish them with marinara and top it all with Cotija cheese.”

His favorite Gables menu item? The 12-ounce, dry-aged New York strip steak.

“The flavor is more intense, but the meat is very tender,” he explained. “We butcher it in-house and it’s dry aged for 28 days. Perfect!”

Although Jose’s journey to executive chef began in his mother’s kitchen, he’s grateful to The Gables for the opportunities in our kitchen.

“I must give thanks to owner Ann Kolenick for giving me the opportunity to share and practice my craft at her restaurant,” he said.

We welcome you to come visit soon and savor new twists on Gables classics — thanks to executive chef Jose!

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos: The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[4 Ways to Build a Happier Happy Hour]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=7929 2018-01-29T13:43:56Z 2018-01-29T13:43:56Z Workday finally over and done with? We’ve got the recipe for a seamless transition from hectic to happy. All it takes is next-level pub fare and libations. See how we build a happier happy hour at The Gables at Chadds Ford: 1. Get Comfy Our happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. You’ll feel your stress melt away as ...

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Workday finally over and done with? We’ve got the recipe for a seamless transition from hectic to happy. All it takes is next-level pub fare and libations. See how we build a happier happy hour at The Gables at Chadds Ford:

1. Get Comfy

Our happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. You’ll feel your stress melt away as you slip into a seat at the bar or cozy up at a bar table. Bonus: From late spring through early fall, you can also settle into a chair on our front patio, gaze at the fire pit and let your cares drift away.

2. Add a Handful of Your Favorite People

This may be obvious, but it’s worth saying: Happy hour is best shared with others. Put the word out to your better half, BFF, favorite co-workers, even family … you get the idea. Let us extend our Southern hospitality to you and yours, whether you’re craving a memorable date or Girls’ Night Out.

3. Mix in Creative Eats

At the end of the workday, nothing beats food someone else has cooked for you. It’s even better when it’s fare from our executive chef, Joel Mastroeni, and his kitchen team. Satisfy your grumbling tummy with these specials:

  • Tuesday: $8 cavatelli mac and cheese, and $10 loaded pimento crab and artichoke dip.
  • Wednesday: $10 Gables burger and $8 turkey burger.
  • Thursday: Half-price shrimp ‘n grits martinis and half-price confit duck fries.
  • Friday: Half-price Atlantic mussels and half-price cheesesteak egg rolls.

4. Top with Delicious Drinks

Did we say nothing beats our food? Correction: Our drinks are neck and neck with our chef-driven cuisine. We’re proud of our thoughtfully chosen beer, wine and cocktail lists. You’ll be impressed with the happy hour prices, too:

  • Everyday: $5 glasses off our award-winning Sangria, $2 off all draught beer and $3 off all glasses of wine.
  • Friday: $3 off all specialty martinis.

Bonus

You won’t find these on the happy hour menu, but they’ve been known to raise spirits and bring good cheer. Try our beer and scotch and bourbon flights. It’s the ultimate taste test, where you pit four 5 oz. beers against each other for just $10 (add an extra $1 for premium beers), or four 1 oz. scotch or bourbon pours. It’s a great way to sample without a big commitment.

Our friendly bartenders invite you to stop by and see why we’re sure to become your new favorite after-work stop. See you soon!

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos, top to bottom: The Gables at Chadds Ford; Dara N. King Photography; The Gables at Chadds Ford (remaining photos)

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gableseditor <![CDATA[4 Reasons Why You Need to Take Yourself Out to Lunch (For Business or Pleasure!)]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=7857 2018-01-12T21:27:46Z 2018-01-12T21:27:46Z Looking for a place to have a quick weekday or leisurely weekend lunchtime nosh? Don’t brown bag it: Look to The Gables at Chadds Ford for irresistible menu items at the right price, plus the best ambiance for every need. Our Southern-inspired hospitality makes us your go-to: When you don’t want to eat lunch at your desk. For that important business lunch. ...

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Looking for a place to have a quick weekday or leisurely weekend lunchtime nosh? Don’t brown bag it: Look to The Gables at Chadds Ford for irresistible menu items at the right price, plus the best ambiance for every need.

Our Southern-inspired hospitality makes us your go-to:

  • When you don’t want to eat lunch at your desk.
  • For that important business lunch.
  • To host the next girls’ or guys’ afternoon out.
  • When it’s time to celebrate a special occasion.

Done with golf and en route to a winery or other local attraction? Our inviting venue is a welcoming stop to fuel up. Check out the other reasons to grab lunch with us.

1. Pick Two for $10

That’s not a typo! Enjoy a taste of our seasonal menu and choose two half-portions of some of our customers’ favorites: Gables mushroom soup, roasted butternut squash soup, Gables salad, grilled romaine salad, chopped kale salad, local portobello wrap, Waldorf chicken salad, grilled vegetable panini or grilled salmon sliders.

2. Hungry for More?

Savor full portions and order from our something-for-everyone lunch menu. Top your salad with grilled chicken or shrimp, chicken salad or salmon. Our two-fisted sandwiches — think a juicy turkey burger, spicy shrimp po’boy or our prime Gables burger — are served with a choice of housemade fries or a side salad. Or dig into one of our signature entrées such as creamy shrimp and grits, authentic blackened chicken quesadilla, hearty fish and chips or lager-soaked beer mussels.

3. Find the Right Spot

Our venue is steeped in history, and offers many seating options for your lunch out. Make us your power lunch headquarters — we can accommodate you in a quiet corner so you can get the job done. When the goal is a quick workday lunch or special gathering, consider our bar and outdoor seating (weather permitting, of course!) for fun alternatives to the dining room.

4. Celebrate With Our Cheer-Worthy Sips

Sometimes lunch calls for a libation. Whether you’re raising a glass of bubbly to toast a new business deal or relaxing on a lazy weekend with a local beer, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy our fully stocked bar delights with creative cocktails and martinis; craft beerscotch and bourbon (including flights of both brews, and scotch and bourbon) and artfully selected wines and reserve wines.

Lunch never has to be the same old thing when you count on us to take care of you. It’s our pleasure! We’re open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Closed on Mondays.) Out and about on a Sunday? Stop by for brunch. We look forward to serving you soon!

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Featured photo: Dara N. King Photography; other photos, top to bottom: The Gables at Chadds Ford; Fig; The Gables at Chadds Ford; Betsy Barron Fine Art Photography; The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Stop In and Warm Up With Our Winter Menu]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=6083 2018-01-17T18:10:23Z 2017-12-22T16:52:53Z We want to say “the weather outside is frightful,” but that depends on what you mean by “frightful.” Around here, it could be 50 degrees in early and late winter or hovering in the chilly teens in deep winter. Great news: Inside The Gables at Chadds Ford, it’s always delightful! Pop in and give our winter menu a try. We have woven the ...

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We want to say “the weather outside is frightful,” but that depends on what you mean by “frightful.” Around here, it could be 50 degrees in early and late winter or hovering in the chilly teens in deep winter. Great news: Inside The Gables at Chadds Ford, it’s always delightful!

Pop in and give our winter menu a try. We have woven the season’s best with old favorites and added a touch of our trademark Southern style. We suspect we’ll see you back again (and again!) once you get a taste of these soul-warming selections:

  • Balsamic brussels sprouts: Fried just right, these sprouts are kissed with a slightly sweet balsamic reduction and sprinkled with shaved Asiago.
  • Loaded pimento crab and artichoke dip: Succulent lump crab is swirled with aged cheddar pimento cheese, artichokes, bacon and scallions, and served with housemade bread.
  • Mushroom soup: The French onion base is what makes this soup stand out from the other mushroom soups! Swimming in this base and mushroom broth are savory, roasted shiitake, crimini and oyster ‘shrooms topped with brioche croutons and melted Gruyère — all served in a cozy cast iron crock.
  • Shrimp and grits: We use Doylestown’s Castle Valley Mill white cheddar grits and kick them up with local mushrooms, mixed bell peppers, bacon and scallions along with tender shrimp. If you’re having wine, try the Trefethen Chardonnay.
  • Wood-fired filet mignon: One of Chef’s favorites, this filet is accompanied by truffle baby carrots, shallot-roasted fingerling potatoes and a veal red wine demi-glace. A great wine pairing to stand up to hearty filet is B Side Cabernet Sauvignon.

Looking for something lighter to remind you of spring? Try these fresh favorites:

  • Gables salad: A winning combination of mixed lettuce with a touch of sweet from candied walnuts, Honeycrisp apples and Anjou pears, plus not-too-funky Black River blue cheese, all finished with white balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Grilled romaine salad: Reminisce about warmer days with crisp, grilled hearts of romaine, garlic croutons, roasted piquillo peppers and classic Caesar dressing.

Hungry for more? Browse our menu for other favorites such as pan-seared Carolina grouper, pork belly wrapped lamb shank and frenched chicken breast. Bonus: There are warming options for lunch and brunch, at the bar, during happy hour and — of course — on our Tuesday and Wednesday evening prix fixe menu. See you soon for our winter menu, whether or not it’s cold outside.

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos, top to bottom: The Gables at Chadds Ford; Betsy Barron; Fig; Betsy Barron

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Shop Local: Jack Marshall Art Show at The Gables at Chadds Ford]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=6050 2017-12-04T21:13:00Z 2017-12-04T21:13:00Z You’ve seen him tickling the ivories and enjoyed his music in our bar, but have you seen Jack Marshall’s art? This jack-of-all-trades is a master at painting, woodworking and jewelry making in addition to being a gifted pianist. Join him and his talented friends — including our own Mindy Blackman — for last-minute holiday shopping during the Jack Marshall Art Show on Sunday, December ...

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You’ve seen him tickling the ivories and enjoyed his music in our bar, but have you seen Jack Marshall’s art? This jack-of-all-trades is a master at painting, woodworking and jewelry making in addition to being a gifted pianist. Join him and his talented friends — including our own Mindy Blackman — for last-minute holiday shopping during the Jack Marshall Art Show on Sunday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Gables at Chadds Ford.

Our banquet room will be filled with items for sale from these local artists:

  • Jack Marshall: Oil paintings
  • Mindy Blackman: Drawings and paintings
  • Patsy Keller: Fused glass
  • Daphne Longo-Okcuoglu: Photographs
  • Philice Ray: Jewelry

“Jack is a mainstay at this annual art show,” explained owner Ann Kolenick. “He draws his inspiration from the Brandywine Valley, and his work is just gorgeous. Jack has built up a local following; people look forward to coming out, mingling with Jack and meeting this year’s participating artists. Their beautiful work will be available for sale, too. These are great, unique holiday gifts!”

The event is free to attend, and food and drink will be available for purchase. No RSVP is necessary. See you at the Jack Marshall Art Show at The Gables at Chadds Ford on December 17 — bring a friend or two!

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos, top to bottom: Patsy Keller; Jack Marshall; The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Meet the Team: Cathy Centofanti]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=6037 2017-11-29T14:34:52Z 2017-11-29T14:34:52Z It’s not every day that you find a marketing pro who holds a culinary arts degree from Drexel University, is a trained chef and also boasts impressive restaurant experience. How about one who happens to be family? That’s what we call winning, and that’s who we’re privileged to call our online accounts manager, Cathy Centofanti. Famously known around here as ...

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It’s not every day that you find a marketing pro who holds a culinary arts degree from Drexel University, is a trained chef and also boasts impressive restaurant experience. How about one who happens to be family? That’s what we call winning, and that’s who we’re privileged to call our online accounts manager, Cathy Centofanti.

Famously known around here as owner Ann Kolenick’s sister, Cathy has taken her impressive background and fondness for The Gables at Chadds Ford and created engaging and fun ways to spread the word through marketing, advertising, and online and social media.

“I was pregnant with Sophia when I was offered the job,” Cathy laughed. “It was a perfect fit since I have the restaurant experience and I’m related to the owner. I was invested in The Gables’ success from day one!”

Cathy cut her restaurant teeth on a number of venues, including Philly’s Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar and DiBruno Bros. She also worked in the San Antonio area, including a chocolate-themed restaurant as she, like Ann, is a confirmed chocoholic.

“It’s my favorite thing to eat,” she admitted. “And while I’ve eaten my fair share of the gourmet stuff — anything dark chocolate is a given — I keep a three pound bag of M&M’S at the ready … for Sophia, of course!”

When she’s at The Gables, Cathy’s favorite nibbles are the rich, creamy offering, such as our crab dip, and shrimp and grits … and Ann’s award-winning chocolate espresso cake for dessert.

Cathy’s pedigree also includes working as a pastry chef for Hyatt hotels, but she credits her start to Ann, who offered Cathy an internship when she bought her North Carolina restaurant.

“I learned how to run a restaurant during that time; Ann had just bought it and we opened it and got it up and running,” Cathy added. “That was valuable experience.”

She brings all her talents to the table at The Gables, noting that no two days are the same. She works from afar around her toddler’s schedule, which gives her the flexibility to pivot to a new task when needed.

“On school days, I drop Sophia off early, and then hit the computer to attend to email, check our reviews, monitor social, schedule posts, review blogs, keep the website up to date, promote new beers or specials and whatever else needs to be done,” she said. “Like many working moms, mine is a juggling act; I don’t have a ‘typical’ workday.”

What does Cathy do when she’s not working, being a mom, shooing away her cat, Toby, from sitting on her head, feeding the goldfish or spending time with her husband, Vinnie? She loves to knit and makes custom baby booties, hats and other kid-centric items. She also digs cross-stitch and is into fitness.

“I do love my adult coloring book, with stress-relieving patterns. Sophia and I will sit at the kitchen table at the end of the day and color together while listening to music. It’s a great way to spend some time together while winding down from a long day.

“Some of my favorite times are Sunday dinner at my husband’s family’s house,” she said. “We make this big thing of sangria using good frozen peaches, and then have the peaches at dessert. We live in the South, so it’s warm a good part of the year, and that makes for a perfect day.”

Not surprisingly, Cathy said that if she wasn’t doing restaurant marketing, she’d be in the kitchen as a pastry chef. As a kid, she baked when she was bored — including her own birthday cakes. She’d considered being a vet at one point, but when the family dog needed an operation, she realized she couldn’t see herself in that role. Luckily for us, she went into the restaurant industry, and then into the family business. It just wouldn’t be the same without her!

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos, top to bottom: The Gables at Chadds Ford; Dennis Kwan; Eva Magana; The Gables at Chadds Ford

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