The Gables at Chadds Ford Restaurant, Bar and Private Parties 2019-07-19T16:15:03Z http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/feed/atom/ gableseditor <![CDATA[Try This: Guacamole to Order]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=10887 2019-07-19T16:15:03Z 2019-07-19T16:15:03Z If there’s one thing we like eating all year long, it’s a big bowl of guac — creamy, rich and slightly salty with a mild bite from aromatics. Scoop it onto a big tortilla chip, and it’s heaven!

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If there’s one thing we like eating all year long, it’s a big bowl of guac — creamy, rich and slightly salty with a mild bite from aromatics. Scoop it onto a big tortilla chip, and it’s heaven!

We believe guacamole is best served freshly made, just minutes from kitchen to table. Here’s a simple recipe that you can customize to suit your taste. Want more heat? Toss in another jalapeno. Not a cilantro fan? Give parsley or even tarragon a whirl. Guacamole is a very forgiving dish, so you can add more of this, less of that and still plate a dish that will impress your guests.

First, gather your ingredients: Five avocados, one medium onion, one tomato, a big handful of cilantro, one lime and salt.

Dice the onion and tomato; finely dice the jalapeno. Optional: Save a few pieces of tomato for garnish.

Remove and discard the avocado’s pit (technically a seed, and avocado is a fruit, for those who like to geek out about these details) by making a lengthwise cut, slicing all the way around until the knife hits the seed. Twist the avocado into two halves. Carefully hold the half with the seed in it, whack the knife blade into the seed and then twist and lift it out.

Place everything in a large bowl and squeeze an entire lime over the ingredients.

Coarsely chop the cilantro and add it to the bowl. Salt to taste.

Mash it!

Plate about one cup of guacamole and garnish with tomato if desired. This recipe makes approximately four servings (serving size is one cup). Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. At The Gables at Chadds Ford, we make our own (of course!), and we like to serve it with chips alongside a cold, refreshing beer — something with ample carbonation to cut through the good fat goodness, such as a saison, witbier or IPA.

Enjoy!

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[It’s Back: Our Popular Beer Garden!]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=10602 2019-06-27T14:06:54Z 2019-06-27T14:06:54Z We’re into the sultry weather season, which means our must-attend beer garden is back! Come visit The Gables at Chadds Ford’s terrace every Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m. through August for beer, wine, cider, sangria, lawn games and live music.

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We’re into the sultry weather season, which means our must-attend beer garden is back! Come visit The Gables at Chadds Ford’s terrace every Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m. through August for beer, wine, cider, sangria, lawn games and live music.

Did you feel that? You relaxed just a little picturing yourself hanging out with us, so imagine how great you’ll feel when you’re actually here. In addition to the best libations, we’ve also got tempting nibbles for purchase from our bar menu plus soft pretzels with all the fixins. Pair your favorite drinks with a cheese plate, the Gables burger, Buffalo cauliflower, truffle fries, shrimp ‘n’ grits and more.

Check out the music lineup and mark your calendar:

7/11: AfroBear

7/18: Josh Komorowski and Robert Mastrippolito, Jr.

7/25: Steve Liberace Band

8/1: Just a Bit Outside with Sean McGraw

8/8: The Jollies

8/15: Josh Komorowski and Robert Mastrippolito, Jr.

8/22: Steve Liberace and Amanda May Hernandez

8/29: Sidney Joseph Johnson from AfroBear

Remember to watch our Facebook event page for the latest, including any changes due to inclement weather. And while we’re always thinking, “rain, rain, go away,” know that Mother Nature never gets us down — even in rainy weather, we have happy hour in the bar, along with live music.

See you next Thursday!

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[5 Easy Ways to Make Your Backyard Garden the Envy of the Neighborhood]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=10547 2019-06-12T14:32:16Z 2019-06-12T14:32:16Z Sometimes all it takes is a lifelong love for gardening to cultivate a career. Chris Day has done just that, and is now expertly tending The Gables at Chadds Ford’s ground by planting, watering, maintaining and keeping an eye on it all to create breathtaking results.

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Sometimes all it takes is a lifelong love for gardening to cultivate a career. Chris Day has done just that, and is now expertly tending The Gables at Chadds Ford’s ground by planting, watering, maintaining and keeping an eye on it all to create breathtaking results.

We caught up with Chris, who started out simply working his own personal garden, to glean tips for those of us who lack the green thumb, as well as those who have more than a passing interest in landscaping. Check out these five simple tips for growing an enviable garden.

How did you come to landscaping?

I’ve been working on my own personal garden, so I’ve had no formal schooling other than various workshops provided by Wild Abundance and Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, both out of North Carolina. Although these deal more with foraging and wildcrafting, they’ve been helpful in building my experience with plant identification. I’m familiar with vegetables and herbs, and have begun to spend some more time with ornamentals.

What are your top tips for a beautiful home garden?

The first would be to know your piece of earth. The type of soil and the amount of sunlight will determine which species will thrive in which parts of your space. For example, the soil on my property contains a large amount of clay, so I needed to either choose hardier species, such as shrubs or other woody plants, or dig out plots and fill them with a more appropriate growing medium. Also, much of my property is shaded by a canopy of trees, so I had to carefully choose which spots would receive the longest sun exposure to sustain any fruiting vegetables or flowers requiring more light to bloom.

The second would be to familiarize yourself with the plants you wish to grow. Aesthetics and what your neighbors think isn’t going to cut it all on their own. If you’re going to put your energy into it, then your garden should be with you for a long time, and you should love what you plant. So consider what’s going to feed your personal enjoyment. Knowing your plants also will help you decide where to place them in your yard, and the amount of water and nutrients they will require. I’m more familiar with growing vegetables and herbs and can tell you that even if you’re looking for a more ornamental approach, then it’s worth taking a look at herbs such as calendula, chamomile, borage, coneflowers, lavender, comfrey or bread poppy. They all add interesting foliage and uniquely beautiful blooms to any ornamental garden. Other plants with gorgeous blooms include peonies, lupine, columbine, foxglove, irises, lilies or the ever-popular sunflowers, which contain a variety of sizes and colors. Some shrubs with attractive flowers are various species of ninebark, lilac, elder, flowering dogwood, hydrangeas, forsythia, beautyberry and of course, roses. Azaleas and rhododendrons are also popular, but keep in mind that their nectar is toxic to bees, whose presence are essential for many of the other plants you may be growing in your garden. If you’re like me and your colder months could use a bit of color, you could plant witch hazel, which, depending on the variety, can bloom from October to mid-March.

Lastly, I recommend consistency in watering and keeping unwanted plants from crowding the soil. This can be done easily by mulching and installing a drip irrigation system.

What’s your advice for novices interested in upping their gardening game?

Take an active interest in your space so you stay engaged in your progress. Make a place for rest or to just sit and read in your garden. Decorate and personalize it with benches, arches, birdbaths — even gnomes, if that’s your thing. Whatever your tastes, make it your space.

I also would recommend starting with perennials; they’re more sustainable, both for the soil and for your wallet. Some simple plants to start with — the “set ‘ems and forget ‘ems,” if you will — include hostas, lilies, hydrangeas, ferns, wild rhubarb and hellebores (also known as lenten rose or Christmas rose). Hellebore is a good plant for beginners, as it takes to various soils rather quickly, provides green foliage all year round, blooms anywhere from late January to February and typically remains in bloom through midsummer. This gives your garden color when many gardens lay bare waiting for the spring.

Anything else you’d like to tell home gardeners?

I’d just like to restate: Know your space. Take a lazy day off and watch the sun move across your property. Dig a hole and have a look at your soil. Grab an inexpensive soil tester from a Lowe’s or Home Depot and see what nutrients your soil needs. Make it your own and you’ll love it for years to come.

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

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Trending Foods to Serve at Your Next Event]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=10403 2019-05-16T17:21:40Z 2019-05-16T17:21:40Z Ah, trends. They come and they go, but in the moment, and regardless of what kind of event you’re hosting, they’re huge. Plus, they make great #TBT posts years down the road.

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Ah, trends. They come and they go, but in the moment, and regardless of what kind of event you’re hosting, they’re huge. Plus, they make great #TBT posts years down the road.

Sometimes, though, trends stick around. It seems like some of them have been around forever. We can’t imagine putting on a wedding, corporate event, holiday party, shower, graduation party, religious celebration — any event! — without them. Check out our two favorites, as well as what’s trendy right now:

Tried-and-True Trends

Seasonal

Although it’s obvious to say that means “in season,” it’s worth repeating. Sure, we could source cantaloupe in December, but it’s going to have to travel to get here, and that’s not ideal for taste or the planet (think carbon footprint). A fruit tray in the off-seasons doesn’t make sense, while a beautifully prepared cheese platter will always be impressive any time of the year. Work with your event planner to select what’s available, fresh and fun. That never goes out of season!

Local

Putting parameters on local can be more contentious than talking politics. The current general consensus for “local” is food produced and consumed within about 150 miles. We keep our sourcing as local as possible, using Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown for flours, meals and grains; High Hill Hydro in Thornton for microgreens; Kings Kreamery in Lancaster and Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin, Del., for dairy and cheeses; Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square for mushrooms, SIW Vegetables in Chadds Ford for veggies and Swarmbustin’ Honey for honey. Our best local source? Our own rooftop garden.

Current Trends

Savory Miniatures

Miniature foods are ruling the cocktail hour, so consider adding them to your lineup as they can add a creative tapas touch to any event. Try seasonal skewers such as fig and butter-braised radish in the spring or sweet caraway cooked carrots with Manchego in the winter; tiny tartlets featuring tomato and corn in the summer and roasted acorn squash in the fall, or versatile croquettes stuffed with the season’s best. There’s almost no limit to what can be whipped up.

Sweet Miniatures

Mini desserts are also a sweetly satisfying way to please all of your guests. You’d think everyone loves chocolate, but there are some who don’t, or who are allergic. Go for platters of bite-sized brownies, tartlets, cheesecakes, cream puffs, cannolis, Napoleons, donuts or cupcakes. A diverse cookie tray is also a hit, too.

Seafood

Seafood is hot right now! Well, it doesn’t have to be served hot, but it can be. Smoked fish, mussels and raw bars add a next-level feel to your event. Even an old favorite, scallops wrapped in bacon, is trending again! You can even mix two trends and serve pop-in-your-mouth mini crab cakes.

Candy Bars

Gone are the Jordan almonds in tulle bags as party favors. In is an assortment of candies from which your guests may choose — and then indulge! Depending on the type of event and your guests, you can display M&M’S, gummies (sweet, sour or a bit of both), Swedish Fish, Nerds, Tootsie Rolls, Reese’s Pieces, mints, caramels, candy-covered pretzels … anything tasty and tiny. Consider choosing candy colors that match your theme or are displayed in vessels that complement the event’s tone. Guests love filling food-safe bags, boxes or even small Mason jars to transport their goodies home.

Overwhelmed by trends? Eyes bleary from scouring Pinterest? Don’t worry: A good event planner will be on top of it no matter the year or the season. If you’re considering The Gables at Chadds Ford for your next event (and, we hope you will!), then give our team a call at (610) 388-7700 for a consult.

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: Kyle Ten Eyck Photography, associate of Pat Robinson Photography; all other photos, top to bottom: The Gables of Chadds Ford (next three photos); Fantail Photography; The Gables of Chadds Ford; Kyle Ten Eyck Photography, associate of Pat Robinson Photography  

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Try This: The Gables Burger]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=10389 2019-05-09T15:20:32Z 2019-05-09T15:20:32Z No fillers are no-brainers when you’re talking about our signature Gables Burger. That’s because even our humble burger is a reflection of our talented kitchen staff’s commitment to fresh, local and house-made. You may think of us for elevated cuisine options (we hope so!), but know that every dish we create gets the same thought, consideration and culinary expertise poured into it.

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No fillers are no-brainers when you’re talking about our signature Gables Burger. That’s because even our humble burger is a reflection of our talented kitchen staff’s commitment to fresh, local and house-made. You may think of us for elevated cuisine options (we hope so!), but know that every dish we create gets the same thought, consideration and culinary expertise poured into it.

Why is our Gables Burger such a hit on our lunch and bar menus? Our chef uses ground chuck, which has the ideal fat ratio to keep the burger nice and juicy (drooling yet?). When you start with a high-quality product like that, the only seasoning needed is salt and pepper.

It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: The Gables Burger is handmade to order. We recommend you let the chef choose the temperature, but we’re happy to accommodate.

Our creative kitchen team accompanies all that juicy goodness with leveled-up toppings that offer smoky, savory and a hint of herbaceous engulfed in soft, crunchy and creamy textures. Trust us and bite into bacon, onion rings, arugula, white cheddar cheese and house pickles on a brioche bun.

A quick nod to our hand-cut Kennebec Fries. We never take shortcuts and use frozen fries (which goes without saying, but is worthy of note). Although Kennebec is the “it” potato right now, we’ve actually been using it for years, as it’s a superior frying spud. It has less water than other potatoes, which makes it firm and helps it brown like a champ. It’s a slightly larger potato with fewer divots to help our team slice up beautifully uniform fries. Bottom line: The fries will keep you coming back for more, too.

Come see us for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or for our bar anytime after lunch or Sunday brunch. (We’re closed on Mondays.)

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[5 Fast Tips for Planning A Quickie Wedding]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=10036 2019-03-23T14:22:52Z 2019-03-23T14:22:52Z In a hurry to get married? We approve! There are many reasons not to have a long engagement, and if you have one of those reasons, then we stand ready with top tips to help you create your dream wedding in six months or less. In fact, at The Gables at Chadds Ford, there’s a bonus for holding a wedding within two months. More on that later.

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In a hurry to get married? We approve! There are many reasons not to have a long engagement, and if you have one of those reasons, then we stand ready with top tips to help you create your dream wedding in six months or less. In fact, at The Gables at Chadds Ford, there’s a bonus for holding a wedding within two months. More on that later.

“When you plan a wedding quickly, you tend to go with your gut, and there’s no time for second-guessing,” said Banquet Manager Kelly Donahue. “You can’t hit Pinterest and go to a home goods store, and then rethink it 15 times. There’s no time for that, so find a venue with great event coordinators who can guide you.”

So how on earth do you pull a wedding together in such a short time frame? You find a venue with an attentive, knowledgeable, caring and fun events team to do the work. These tips are relevant no matter where you have your wedding, but we sure hope you give us a look.

1. Look for a “One-Stop Shopping” Venue so Planning’s a Cinch

You have enough to do with confirming your wedding party, choosing a date, whipping up a guest list … need we go on? Your venue should do the rest, from start (a complimentary tour) to finish (cleaning up). Your event coordinator must be willing to work with you to stay within budget while delighting you; offer special touches such as terrace space and a wedding suite for getting ready while not nickel-and-diming you on the necessities; assist with decorations, including on-site rental options and recommend trusted vendors for services they don’t offer, such as photography, limo rentals, flowers or cakes.

At The Gables, we have a secret weapon: our “girl Friday,” Carol Lowe. She makes sure everything runs smoothly as the “on-site person during events to support the banquet captain, and to take care of the little things that are a big deal to our couples.”

2. Host the Ceremony and Reception in One Place

Talk about saving money and time! Having the ceremony and reception at the same venue eliminates travel, potential delays (traffic!) and, if parking is free, another expense for you and your guests.

“At The Gables, we provide everything except the music, photography and cake — we can even rent you decorations to save you that hassle,” Kelly explained. “Then, we can point you toward seasoned professionals for the rest. Another bonus: Ample free parking.”

3. Get Your Save the Dates out ASAP

This one’s simple, and it doesn’t matter if you’re using an online service such as The Knot, a Facebook group, Evite or the good old U.S. Postal Service: You want to get your wedding date into the hands of your nearest and dearest as soon as you book the venue.

“The easiest way to pull the trigger on a quick save the date is to make your guest list while you’re shopping venues,” Kelly recommended. “Know who has to approve the list in addition to you and your partner. Perhaps a parent is paying or contributing and you want them to have a say. Do that while you’re looking for the perfect spot so you’re ready to roll.”

4. Focus on Vendors Once the Venue is Booked

Once you have the wedding spot of your dreams, then it’s time to make sure you have your preferred music and photographer, too. Those two should be next on your list.

“Another thing to do while you’re looking at venues is to decide whether you’re going to have a band or a DJ,” Kelly added. “You and your partner probably have a preference, but space may dictate depending on the size of the wedding and the venue. Great photographers often book up to a year in advance, so check our vendor list, talk to friends and family, and contact photographers as soon as possible. You’ll want to meet with them to make sure the vibe works for you both.”

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

Your friends and family are great resources, and they usually want to help. You can ask your maid of honor to handle the save the dates, invite the bridal party for a girls’ night and address invitation envelopes over a few glasses of wine and assign your best man to research DJs or bands — the possibilities are endless.

“We offer our couples a Wedding Detail Package to help you organize your thoughts and let you know the type of information we’ll need,” Kelly said. “The event coordinator can help you pinpoint tasks that you can divvy up among those who want to help.”

Remember that bonus we mentioned earlier? When your wedding is held at The Gables within two months of the date you talk to our event planners, you may choose one of the following:

  • 25 percent off an 8’ x 8’ Nicol Floral Designs silk flower wall, or
  • 75 percent off one passed or stationed hors d’oeuvre, or
  • A complimentary champagne toast.

Now that’s a reason to rush!

Interested in taking a look at The Gables? Our events staff is ready to hear from you! Check our venue availability and call us at (610) 388-7700.

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: The Gables of Chadds Ford; all other photos, top to bottom: First Impression Photography (next two photos); Pexels; Memory Keeper Photography

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Up Your Events Game With Seasonal Menu Options]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=9924 2019-03-05T22:09:32Z 2019-03-05T22:09:32Z When you’re invited to an event — or in charge of mounting one — do you secretly dread what might be on the menu? Do you fear the “rubber chicken” or “mystery fish”? If so, take heart: Smart venues are stepping up their event cuisine game with a focus on seasonal, local and fresh food.

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When you’re invited to an event — or in charge of mounting one — do you secretly dread what might be on the menu? Do you fear the “rubber chicken” or “mystery fish”? If so, take heart: Smart venues are stepping up their event cuisine game with a focus on seasonal, local and fresh food.

Wait — aren’t those terms getting a little stale (pun intended)? Not at all, says The Gables at Chadds Ford’s Banquet Manager, Kelly Donahue. In fact, restaurants that offer catering and events services should make sure those menu items are as delectable as the food that graces their dining room tables.

“At The Gables at Chadds Ford, the same chef and kitchen staff who create our award-winning cuisine also produce our events food,” Kelly explained. “We pride ourselves on that, and that we were focusing on fresh ingredients sourced locally from what’s seasonal since day one. Just as important, we work with you to delight you and your guests within your budget.”

You and your guests will swoon over this creative cuisine:

Passed hors d’oeuvres including seasonal vegetable tart with herbed ricotta:

  • Spring: Pea and asparagus.
  • Summer: Tomato and corn.
  • Fall: Roasted acorn squash.
  • Winter: Truffled mushrooms.

Seasonal skewers:

  • Spring: Fig and butter-braised radish.
  • Summer: Tomato mozzarella or watermelon and feta.
  • Fall: Citrus and beet.
  • Winter: Sweet caraway cooked carrots with Manchego.

Brunch:

  • Vegetarian frittata featuring our chef’s favorite seasonal offerings.

Buffets:

  • Pasta with seasonal accompaniments tailored to your taste.
  • Seasonal vegetarian option of spiced roasted cauliflower with vegetable rice and carrot emulsion; marinated portobello with sautéed spinach, roasted fingerling potatoes and romesco sauce or pappardelle with balsamic-marinated cherry tomatoes, basil and fresh ricotta.

Can’t wait to dig into the rest of the menu? Our events staff is ready to show you how to make your event not only taste amazing, but be amazing, start to finish. Check venue availability and give us a call at (610) 388-7700.

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: Pixabay; other photos, top to bottom: Fig Industries; Betsy Barron Photography

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Weekday Events Your Budget (and Guests!) Will Love]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=9856 2019-02-25T13:54:32Z 2019-02-25T13:54:32Z What puts the “special” in a special event? The people, the party and the place. Having your wedding, shower, confirmation, bar or bat mitzvah, holiday party, graduation party or other milestone event on a weekend or weekday isn’t nearly as important as who is there, what happens during the event and where it is.

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What puts the “special” in a special event? The people, the party and the place. Having your weddingshower, confirmation, bar or bat mitzvah, holiday partygraduation party or other milestone event on a weekend or weekday isn’t nearly as important as who is there, what happens during the event and where it is.

Booking a business event? A weekday event makes the best use of time when your attendees are primed to get down to work. Consider weekdays and evenings when you’re hosting a board meeting, training session, strategic planning retreat, networking event, retirement party or other business-related event.

We’re ready to reveal the top reason to host during the week: It’s budget-friendly! You get the same beautiful venue, award-winning cuisine, top-shelf amenities and attentive events team for a smaller investment.

“We’re excited to work with our guests to tailor their events to their specific needs,” said The Gables at Chadds Ford Banquet Manager Kelly Donahue. “Some of our top reasons why every season is event season here are the unique, rustic-chic setting, al fresco options, experienced events team, customizable menu packages and trusted vendors for outside services such as A/V, music, photography and much more.”

Although great food, amazing ambiance, one-stop shopping and a convenient location are reasons enough to book, it’s the lower room fees that catch the attention of savvy event pros, smart brides and astute party planners.

“Our weekday rates include the same amenities you’d get on a weekend: standard white table linens, napkins, china, glassware, flatware, tea light candles, use of the outdoor terrace, room setup and cleanup,” Kelly added. “If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll love that our wedding ceremony fee includes white folding chairs, ceremony tent insurance, setup, breakdown and use of our terrace and wedding suite.”

Off-peak rates (January, February, March and December), Monday through Thursday, four daytime hours or five evening hours:

  • Wedding room rates: $100 for daytime; $150 for evening.
  • Banquet room rates: $100 for daytime; $150 for evening.

Peak rates (April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November), Monday through Thursday, four daytime hours or five evening hours:

  • Wedding room rates: $200 for daytime; $500 for evening.
  • Banquet room rates: $100 for daytime; $200 for evening.

Special note to couples considering The Gables at Chadds Ford for a wedding: Those who book the reception within two months receive either special pricing on a silk flower wall, one passed or stationed hors d’oeuvre, or a complimentary champagne toast.

“We’re known for our weddings, but we also host many business-related events,” Kelly continued. “Your room rate includes access to the terrace and fire pits for breaks and break-out sessions in the good weather, or we can set the room up accordingly. Our events team can arrange for reasonably priced on-site equipment rentals. And, of course, there’s customizable menus for every type of occasion — we know how to help you master the meeting.”

Who doesn’t like to save money, especially when you don’t have to sacrifice quality? Consider a weekday event for your next occasion. Eyeing The Gables? Check availability, or call our events team at (610) 388-7700.

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

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Meet the Team: Executive Chef Jenn Basanavage]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=9564 2019-04-02T16:58:47Z 2019-01-15T15:24:57Z It’s no secret that we pride ourselves on our Southern-inspired cuisine, which has stood the test of time since we opened our doors in 2011 under owner Ann Kolenick’s watchful eye. Our best-kept secret, however, is our executive chef, Jenn Basanavage, the current steward of our menu.

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It’s no secret that we pride ourselves on our Southern-inspired cuisine, which has stood the test of time since we opened our doors in 2011 under owner Ann Kolenick’s watchful eye. Our best-kept secret, however, is our executive chef, Jenn Basanavage, the current steward of our menu.

We sat down with chef Jenn to find out what makes her tick and why she’s happy to have made The Gables at Chadds Ford her home. A woman of few words, Jenn lets her cooking do all the talking.

Why did you become a chef?

I like to make people happy through food. That, and probably a touch of insanity, as well.

Where did you get your formal training?

I attended The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, and staged at Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, California, and Le Bernardin in New York City. I’ve been lucky enough to work with fantastic chefs throughout my years in the business. The best part? I’m still learning.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your career?

Dominique Filoni, my chef at Savona, and also Gerald Scanlan, my coach on the culinary team at The Restaurant School. I wouldn’t be where I am without their mentoring and guidance.

How did you come to work at The Gables?

I can thank some mutual friends for introducing me to Ann — we knew right away it would be a great fit! Before The Gables, I was a private chef for about a decade after stints at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, Washington Square and Pif in Philadelphia, as well as Savona in Gulph Mills and Le Mas Perrier and Taquet in Wayne.

What’s your vision for The Gables, both in the dining room and for events?

There’s one goal: To create delicious, simple food using quality ingredients.

What’s your favorite thing about working at The Gables?

It’s really unique here; it’s a very close-knit environment. I enjoy the “family” feeling among the entire staff, from the front of house to the back.

Who’s your favorite celebrity chef?

Eric Ripert. I have the utmost respect for his food and his style — modern French cuisine with a specialty in seafood. I was privileged to work under him Le Bernardin.

What’s your favorite food to make at home?

I enjoy the whole process of making bread. The activation of the yeast, the chemical changes, creating different flavor profiles, kneading and shaping, the smell of it baking — there’s nothing I don’t like about baking bread!

As if being an executive chef at a busy restaurant isn’t enough … don’t you also have another job?

Besides food and cooking, my other passion is dogs. I’m the director of fosters and volunteers at To Love a Canine Rescue. We’re a 501(c)(3) based out of Malvern that works with high-kill shelters in the south to find dogs and foster them into their forever homes.

What else do you like to do in your spare time (if you have any)?

My daughter, Zofia, and I love to paint! I also cut wine bottles to make candles, and enjoy making bath products, too. Check out Zozo Candles and Zofia Rose Bath Products. Of course, I love spending time with my partner, Philip, and our rescue dogs, Wolfgang and Aloyisious.

Seems our Jenn is, indeed, a Jill-of-all-trades! Stop by soon and taste why our favorite “trade” of Jenn’s is what comes out of our kitchen.

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: The Gables of Chadds Ford; other photos, top to bottom: Jenn Basanavage; The Gables of Chadds Ford; Jenn Basanavage

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Our Favorite New Year’s Dessert Pairing: Bourbon Pecan Pie and Bubbly]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=9313 2018-12-27T16:33:30Z 2018-12-27T16:33:09Z Yes, that’s right — dessert! Sure, we could show off any number of dishes that are perfect for your New Year’s Eve or any other time of year. Instead, we’re highlighting a sweet treat that’s also a nod to our Southern roots.

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Yes, that’s right — dessert! Sure, we could show off any number of dishes that are perfect for your New Year’s Eve or any other time of year. Instead, we’re highlighting a sweet treat that’s also a nod to our Southern roots.

According to Southern Living, recipes for milk- and custard-based pecan pies hearken back to as early as 1824 in Mary Randolph’s The Virginia Housewife, and the syrup-based confection got a nod in the 1921 Texas Brownwood Bulletin. But it was actually a recipe on Karo Syrup bottles circa the 1930s that shot the pie we know and love into popularity. It quickly became one of the most popular desserts among Southerners, and its identity has shifted to a Southern classic.

We dig classic recipes, but made our pie that much better by adding another Southern favorite: bourbon. Our pie boasts the right amount of sweet without being too rich, plus an irresistible crunch from mildly nutty pecans and a tender, buttery shortbread crust. We serve it with vanilla ice cream drizzled with bourbon-spiked caramel sauce. What’s not to like?

In a nod to the traditional New Year’s toast, our chef suggests you pair it with a glass of bubbly. Choose your favorite — Prosecco or a nice blanc de blancs. Prosecco hails from Italy and is generally more fruit-forward. You’ll find notes of hazelnut, honey and even vanilla. True Champagne comes from that region in France (which is why other bubblies are deemed sparkling wine — and those work, too!). It has notes of citrus, peach, almond and sometimes has a hint of toastiness. Blanc de blancs is made from 100 percent white grapes for a bright, fresh finish. Whatever your pick, the sparkling wine’s flavor profiles complement dessert, while the bubbles act to cleanse the palate as you enjoy every last bite.

Not a fan of pecan pie (could it be)? We have other tempting confections for your New Year’s celebrations.

Happy New Year from all of us at The Gables at Chadds Ford!

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: Pixabay; all other photos: The Gables at Chadds Ford

 

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