The Gables at Chadds Ford Restaurant, Bar and Private Parties 2018-11-14T18:48:56Z http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/feed/atom/ gableseditor <![CDATA[Try This: Our Chef’s Favorite Fall Recipe — Balsamic Brussels Sprouts]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8864 2018-10-22T13:26:02Z 2018-10-22T13:26:02Z Nothing kicks up a fall meal like this stellar side dish: balsamic brussels sprouts. There’s something about this (healthy!) comfort food that’s irresistible — a satisfying, warm-in-the-belly bite that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and kissed with just a touch of sweetness from the balsamic reduction drizzle.

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Nothing kicks up a fall meal like this stellar side dish: balsamic brussels sprouts. There’s something about this (healthy!) comfort food that’s irresistible — a satisfying, warm-in-the-belly bite that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and kissed with just a touch of sweetness from the balsamic reduction drizzle.

Naysayers, take heart! If your only experience with Brussels sprouts is from the microwave or stovetop boil, then you owe it to yourself to give these a try. They hold their own beside other fall favorites such as roasted root veggies and sweet potatoes, and are a fine companion to almost any entree. These tiny cruciferous gems have been stars on our menu for some time — as starters! That means our customers dig into them alone, before the main event.

Here’s our chef’s favorite recipe — give it a try!

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Serves 8

Special equipment:

  • Wok, Dutch oven or other pot suitable for frying.
  • Cooking thermometer.

Ingredients:

  • 3 quarts vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds brussels sprouts trimmed, outer leaves removed and halved
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Balsamic reduction
  • Asiago cheese, shredded

Method:

  1. Line a baking sheet with 2 to 3 layers of paper towels; set aside.
  2. Attach cooking thermometer to wok, Dutch oven or pot; heat oil to 400°F.
  3. Add half the brussels sprouts; don’t crowd. Check heat and adjust temperature (if needed) to maintain 400°F.
  4. Cook, stirring frequently, until brussels sprouts are golden brown, roughly 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Transfer to paper towels.
  6. Return temperature to 400°F and repeat.
  7. Transfer brussels sprouts to a large bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Drizzle with balsamic reduction to taste; toss.
  9. Plate and top with Asiago cheese.

Balsamic Reduction

Makes 1/3 to 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar

Method:

  1. Pour balsamic vinegar in nonstick pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, roughly 20 minutes.
  3. Stir occasionally until vinegar is reduced by half; for thicker consistency, simmer longer.
  4. Remove to a glass bowl to cool. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Rather have someone else cook for you? Our fall menu is in full swing! Stop by The Gables at Chadds Ford for lunchSunday brunch or dinner and enjoy our Southern-inspired hospitality.

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: Alexandra Whitney; other photos, top to bottom: Alexandra Whitney; The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[5 Simple Ways to Create a Memorable Holiday Party]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8840 2018-10-09T12:11:50Z 2018-10-08T11:36:38Z Maybe you’re the event planner for your company, charged with rustling up holiday revelry (on a budget). Perhaps you’re the go-to party planner for your family, responsible for putting the “happy” in “happy holidays.” Two different audiences, but a lot of the detail work is the same.

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Maybe you’re the event planner for your company, charged with rustling up holiday revelry (on a budget). Perhaps you’re the go-to party planner for your family, responsible for putting the “happy” in “happy holidays.” Two different audiences, but a lot of the detail work is the same.

We asked event planner extraordinaire, The Gables at Chadds Ford’s Banquet Manager Kelly Donahue, for simple ways to mount a memorable holiday gathering. Bonus: These top tips will take the stress out of your party planning.

“It’s never too early to plan a holiday party,” Kelly emphasized. “Everyone gets so busy over the holidays, so when you schedule something a few months out, everyone will be sure to put it on their calendars. If you wait too long, people will have made other plans.

“It’s the same thing with the day of the week,” she continued. “If you let people know a few months in advance that your party is on a Thursday, they’ll plan for it; they’ll come no matter what day it is.”

Here are more of Kelly’s tips:

1. Find Just the Right Decor

Those planning office parties generally don’t want to budget for decorations, so look for a venue that’s halls will already be decked. For example, The Gables decorates the banquet room with a Christmas tree, lots of greenery and poinsettias. Add some candlelight for evening affairs and your own small poinsettias for centerpieces and you’re ready to go. This is also a money-saver for family party budgets, too. Families can impress with personal touches, such as photos of those who are no longer with us, or weaving in traditions, such as The Elf on the Shelf or favorite family foods. Most families are looking for together time, and a good event coordinator will steer you away from the expenses of live music or a premium bar and toward the little details that will mean something to those in attendance.

2. Be Flexible on Food

Your guests will remember a lot about your holiday party, but they’ll especially remember what was served. A good venue will have multiple menu options to accommodate any budget. Consider your crowd and budget and work with the venue’s party planner to think outside the formal sit-down meal. There’s nothing wrong with a more formal event if the budget will bear it, but you can also infuse your party with the “wow factor” and have a cocktail party. You can serve appetizers, desserts and drinks while everyone mingles. Another “in-between” option is a food station setup. At The Gables, that could include passed hors d’oeuvres, a shrimp and grits station, a taste of Tuscany station and a cheesesteak station — casual, but fulfilling!

3. Use Touches of Fun

It’s a holiday party, so your theme is set! One way to create fun is to offer a specialty cocktail. Pro tip: A specialty cocktail doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. The Gables offers The Poinsettia: Champagne with Chambord or pomegranate juice. The same drink can be served as a mocktail by substituting seltzer for the Champagne. If you’re working with a modest budget, you can restrict the rest of the bar to beer, wine and soft drinks only and still impress.

4. Insist on Service

An ideal venue will have tenured staff who are enthusiastic, friendly and efficient. From the first inquiry to post-party cleanup, events staff should be responsive, flexible and available to answer questions. It’s also helpful to know that a venue’s events staff has worked different types of parties, which means they have a depth of knowledge and experience that will help you plan a memorable affair. Ask questions when scoping out venues to find the best, most helpful event staffers.

5. Beware This Red Flag

Service is a key part of your holiday party, so if you receive slow replies from the venue’s events staff, take note. If they don’t reach back out to you within a day to discuss details, then consider looking elsewhere. The way they reply to the inquiry is indicative of how they’ll handle the rest of your important details. One way to vet this in advance is to check out review websites for banquet parties. Venues have no say as to what guests write, nor can they edit those reviews. They’re a good way to get a sense of a venue’s service, food and vibe.

Need more informationContact Kelly at (610) 388-7700. You can also check The Gables availability online. It’s never too early to discuss the holidays!

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: MGM Photography; all other photos, top to bottom: The Gables at Chadds Ford (next two photos); Ed Williams (next two photos); MGM Photography

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Meet the Team: Carol Lowe]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8708 2018-09-06T23:06:13Z 2018-09-06T23:06:13Z If you’ve not yet been to a Gables at Chadds Ford beer garden, then here’s your incentive: Carol Lowe’s tambourine dance. Make that a dance with a lighted tambourine. And although the beer garden may be seasonal, Carol’s joie de vivre knows no seasons, so — if we’re lucky — she’ll bust out the tambourine at other special events throughout the year.

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If you’ve not yet been to a Gables at Chadds Ford beer garden, then here’s your incentive: Carol Lowe’s tambourine dance. Make that a dance with a lighted tambourine. And although the beer garden may be seasonal, Carol’s joie de vivre knows no seasons, so — if we’re lucky — she’ll bust out the tambourine at other special events throughout the year.

“It’s really a silly thing that’s become a thing,” Carol said of her playing along to at least one song — preferably Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” “It just sort of happened that I’d request the song, and then get up and get going when it came on. One day, our owner, Ann Kolenick, showed up with a lighted tambourine for me. The rest is history.”

Ann coming up with ideas and Carol agreeing is how she became our assistant event coordinator and front-of-the-house manager. Carol’s son, CJ, worked here for seven years starting in high school and through college, so Carol came to know Ann. One day, Ann asked CJ, “Your mom is really friendly and outgoing; maybe she’d like to work here?” Like the tambourine, the rest was history.

“I loved the idea and said yes. My other job is as executive director of the nonprofit New Life Youth & Family Services in West Chester, so this is very different,” Carol explained. “My other job is very intense; it feels good to deliver some happy at The Gables.”

Carol describes her role as “everybody’s Girl Friday” — she’s there when they need help. As assistant event coordinator, she handles decor, or as she likes to put it, “executes dreams within budget.” She’s also 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 clients.

“The devil’s in the details,” she said. “A good example is one bride left her locket in the bathroom, so I retrieved it for her just in time for the ceremony. Another forgot to have the shoes she was going to wear during the reception waiting at her seat; I took care of it. I’m here to help smooth everything over.”

As front-of-the-house manager, Carol coordinates with the executive chef and back of the house to assure diners’ exceptions are not only met, but exceeded.

“I circulate around and chat with our guests, and sometimes they need a little extra attention,” she added. “Maybe a dish needs tweaking or they have some feedback. I take care of that and relay information back to the chef. I really love talking to our guests — they’re wonderful people.”

The obvious question is: How does Carol do it all? “I don’t sleep,” she joked. “My day starts at 4:30 a.m. And I’m a good scheduler, so I can give both jobs my best.”

As for her personal best, Carol names her kids as her proudest accomplishments. CJ is now in pharmacy school at the University of Mississippi. Her daughter, Chelsea, lives in Alabama and is a fashion blogger in the hospitality industry.

Back home, husband Carl is a track and football coach at Kennett High School. And we must not forget her Maltese-schnauzer, Cassidy, and her Maltese, Coconut.

Carol’s other claim to fame? “I’m from Mississippi!”

When she’s not at her two jobs, Carol loves watching football. She’s a New Orleans Saints fan and warns, “The South will rise again! Go Saints!”

Carol is as much a Gables fan as she is a Saints fan. “It’s a truly fun experience. We’re more than just a restaurant; it’s a family endeavor. It starts at the top: Ann is kind and understanding, and that makes it a place where people want to work and eat. Come see us!”

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[Wine Pairing 101]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8676 2018-08-24T19:18:54Z 2018-08-24T19:18:54Z It doesn’t matter if you’re at your favorite restaurant or prepping to entertain at home — choosing wine doesn’t have to be tricky. Check out these simple (as in, easy to remember) pairings to bring out the best of what’s in your glass and on your plate.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re at your favorite restaurant or prepping to entertain at home — choosing wine doesn’t have to be tricky. Check out these simple (as in, easy to remember) pairings to bring out the best of what’s in your glass and on your plate.

But first … sometimes you like what you like and wonder, “Is it OK to break the rules?” The good news: It’s OK. In general, reds go best with meats, and whites with fish and poultry. Still, there are ranges within each category thanks to terroir and how wines are aged, so your taste just might lead you to another varietal. Keep that in mind when observing some of these basics:

Chicken, mild seafood and light sauces

Think outside the chardonnay and choose pinot grigio. It’s a dry white, but with zesty acidity and hints of lemon, green apple and honeysuckle. It’s refreshing enough stand on its own, yet it doesn’t overwhelm lighter dishes.

Beef and lamb

Bring out a big, oak-aged cabernet sauvignon when there’s meat on the menu. Its impressive tannins not only complement meat’s hearty flavors, but they also clear the palate so you’re ready for more. A good cab is dry, full-bodied and boasts medium acidity. Look for a wide range of notes, including cassis, dark fruits, vanilla and even tobacco and leather.

Rich seafood and heavier sauces

A tip of the hat to an unoaked chardonnay when the menu includes dishes such as shrimp and grits, risotto, alfredo and the like. While less complex than an oaked chardonnay, an unoaked chard still brings plenty to the table, including brighter fruit notes such as lemon, citrus peel, pear and passion fruit. These contrast with richer food offerings for a pleasing finish.

Fatty fish (yes, we said it!)

And by fatty, we mean good fats, those heart-healthy omega-3s. Choose an oaked chardonnay for salmon, mussels, halibut and others. The luscious mouthfeel both complements these dishes and offers the same palate-cleansing effect as the cab. Expect hints of vanilla, creme brulee, apple, butter and honey.

Other winning combos:

  • Pork is a bit of a chameleon when it comes to wine pairing, depending on the cut. Still, an approachable, easy-drinking pinot noir makes a fine companion. It’s got a silky texture, plus earthy aromas and hints of pepper and cherry.
  • Turn heads and pair cheese and charcuterie with Champagne or sparkling wine. These vinos are inherently sweet (even brut has a touch), which contrasts amazingly well with saltier (and richer) options.
  • When the menu heads toward tangy or spicy, reach for a light, dry, unoaked sauvignon blanc. Its subtle notes of gooseberry, green melon and grapefruit tames those dishes in a most delicious way.
  • Save room for dessert and order a light-bodied, sweet moscato. It’s ripe with tropical flavors such as mandarin orange, Meyer lemon and caramel. It’s that sweetness that complements desserts. Bonus: When dessert includes fruits, moscato brings their flavors front and center.

Now, back to your favorite restaurant — we hope that’s The Gables at Chadds Ford! We invite you to come out and chat with our wine-loving servers and bartenders for the best possible pairing with your meal. Salut!

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: Ed Williams; all other photos: The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Try This: A Timeless Light Bite Pairing — Gables Salad and Peach & Berry Sangria]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8654 2018-08-15T18:16:36Z 2018-08-15T14:21:25Z When you think of salad and sangria, you might think of them as a refreshing cure for the three “Hs” of summer — hazy, hot and humid. In reality, a well-constructed salad accompanied by a timeless libation is an all-season favorite. Our pick: our Gables Salad with housemade Peach & Berry Sangria.

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When you think of salad and sangria, you might think of them as a refreshing cure for the three “Hs” of summer — hazy, hot and humid. In reality, a well-constructed salad accompanied by a timeless libation is an all-season favorite. Our pick: our Gables Salad with housemade Peach & Berry Sangria.

At The Gables at Chadds Ford, these two are a perfect match thanks to complementary ingredients that start with fruit. Honeycrisp apples and Anjou pears are the salad’s stars, while ripe, juicy peaches take center stage in our sangria. Apples, pears and crunchy candied walnuts add a touch of sweetness to our signature salad and play nicely with funky blue cheese and barely-tart vinaigrette. Sips of our sangria — made just-right sweet with peach moscato, a splash of peach schnapps and triple sec, all topped with club soda, fresh berries and orange slices — bring complementary notes to your light bite repast.

Want to recreate our Gables Salad at home? Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a starter salad; add your favorite protein, such as baked salmon, grilled chicken or tofu for a healthy entree. Pro tip: Double it and leave an impression at your next get-together. And although you could make sangria at home, we hope you’ll stop by and sample our award-winning libation.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • White balsamic vinaigrette, to taste
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, cored, cut in half and sliced thin
  • 2 Anjou pears, cored, cut in half and sliced thin
  • 4 tablespoons blue cheese
  • 4 tablespoons candied walnuts

White balsamic vinaigrette ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian seasoning to taste (we make our own, but there are great options in grocery stores)

White balsamic vinaigrette method:

  1. Whisk all ingredients until blended. Use immediately, or store in an airtight glass container.

Candied walnuts ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Candied walnuts method:

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet to medium.
  2. Add walnuts, sugar and butter.
  3. Heat for about five minutes, stirring often. Watch carefully to prevent burning!
  4. When all ingredients are incorporated, transfer to parchment and separate to prevent sticking.
  5. Let coating harden, approximately 10 minutes. Use immediately, or store in an airtight glass container.

Salad method:

  1. Toss mixed greens with vinaigrette, then divide over four plates.
  2. Top with 1/2 sliced apple, 1/2 sliced pear, 1 tablespoon blue cheese and one tablespoon candied walnuts.

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[Your New Favorite Weekend Getaway or Staycation Destination!]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8625 2018-08-02T16:05:49Z 2018-08-02T16:05:33Z There’s lots of things to do in the Brandywine Valley, which encompasses much of southeastern Pennsylvania and parts of northern Delaware. We’re partial — of course — to attractions near scenic Chadds Ford, and are pleased to offer a respite to travelers seeking adventure in our backyard.

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There’s lots of things to do in the Brandywine Valley, which encompasses much of southeastern Pennsylvania and parts of northern Delaware. We’re partial — of course — to attractions near scenic Chadds Ford, and are pleased to offer a respite to travelers seeking adventure in our backyard.

But it’s not just distant travelers that we see at The Gables at Chadds Ford. There are many locals who take advantage of the beautiful scenery, historic stops and fun activities. The rise of staycations and weekend getaways makes us all appreciate what awaits in the Brandywine Valley.

Here are some of our favorite places that are in, or not far from, Chadds Ford. Check ‘em out and then swing by for lunchbrunch, happy hour or dinner. Before you know it, we’ll be your favorite weekend getaway or staycation destination.

Brandywine Battlefield Park

One of the most well-known area destinations, Brandywine Battlefield Park preserves the history of the largest single-day battle of the American revolution: the Battle of Brandywine. Admission includes an inspiring short film, access to the museum and guided house tours of George Washington’s headquarters (Benjamin Ring House) and the Gideon Gilpin House. 1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; (610) 459-3342.

After years of absence, the cannon that once sat on the hill outside the visitors center is back on a new carriage and is looking better then ever. Thank you to all our donors for their contributions and the Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution for helping this effort become a reality. Not only will this serve as a symbol and testament to those that fought in the largest land battle of the American Revolution, but it will assist with educational and interpretive programming for all ages in order to instill and preserve the history and heritage of our country and community. A round of applause for all involved. We look forward to seeing everyone again when we reopen on March 12th for Charter Day. Mark your calendars. Huzzah! #pennsylvaniahistory #pennsylvania #brandywinebattlefieldtrail #brandywinebattlefield #americanrevolution #americanhistory #chestercountypa #delawarecountypa #militaryhistory #historymuseum #history #britishhistory #artillery #cannon #huzzah #battlefield #georgewashington #preserveourhistory

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Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art

A must for any art lover and nature buff, this gem is a confluence of art and the environment: The Brandywine Conservancy protects and conserves the resources in the Brandywine-Christina watershed, and the Brandywine River Museum of Art engages visitors with unique presentations of American art, particularly the Wyeth family and others hailing from the Brandywine region. Stroll and enjoy! 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford; (610) 388-2700.

Wishing you a happy Independence Day! This detail from "Betsy Ross Making the Flag" by N.C. Wyeth for the 1944 Morrell & Company calendar "Flags in American History" was found in the artist's studio at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The N.C. Wyeth House and Studio is full of artifacts like this one from the artist's life and is open to visitors April through November. We'll be welcoming visitors today from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Original post and image by: Christine B. Podmaniczky, Curator, N.C. Wyeth Collections and Historic Properties . . . . #mybrandywine #NCWyeth #NCWyethStudio #happyfourth #happyindependenceday #thisplacematters #happy4th #betsyrosshouse #americanhistory #usnavalacademymuseum #happy4thofjuly #flag #historichomesandstudios #brandywinevalley #betsyross #artiststudio #brandywinerivermuseum #brandywinerivermuseumofart

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Chadds Ford Historical Society

Step back in time three ways: At John Chads’ House (by appointment) and Springhouse, and at the Barns-Brinton House (open May 29 through Sept. 1). The historical society’s mission is to share local history through fun programs and events all year long at these 18th-century venues. You might find historic cooking demos, historic escape room adventures, art sales or seasonal plein air art shows. Fun fact: Our owner, Ann Kolenick, is the youngest board member ever to serve this local treasure. 1736 N. Creek Rd., Chadds Ford; (610) 388-7376.

Longwood Gardens

It’s almost impossible to list all that this must-see attraction has to offer! There are nearly 400 acres open to the public, including a 4-acre conservatory, the historic Peirce-du Pont House, the Webb Farmhouse and Galleries, and a visitor center. There’s also music, performances, theatre, classes, workshops, displays and exhibitions, including the spectacular illuminated fountains at night. Truly something for everyone at every age. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square; (610) 388-1000.

Clayton Park Golf Course

Want to hit the links, but only up for nine holes? Save money and swing by this charming public golf course that’s part of Delaware County’s largest park and rec facility. Great for beginners and pros seeking a quick round. There’s a pro shop on-site in case you forgot anything or need some advice. Bonus: Fees are super reasonable at this county-run course. 50 Conchester Highway, Garnet Valley; (610) 459-4910.

Winterthur

A bit further away in northern Delaware — but worth the visit — is one of the du Pont family’s many stunning properties. Winterthur was Henry Francis du Pont’s childhood home, and is now considered the premier museum of American decorative arts, boasting nearly 90,000 pieces made or used in America between roughly 1640 and 1860. A horticulturist by trade, du Pont’s stunning mansion and grounds alone are worth the trip. The museum is closed Monday; the library is closed Saturday and Sunday, except from April to December, when it’s open on the second Saturday of every month. 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del.; (302) 888-4600.

Now Meet Your Favorite Stop!

That would be The Gables at Chadds Ford, of course. We love welcoming hungry (and thirsty!) travelers to our historic restaurant in the middle of it all right along Baltimore Pike. Include us along your journey to refuel and refresh.

The Patio

We specialize in alfresco, rain or shine. Our covered patio lets in the best Mother Nature has to offer and shields you from the rest during the pleasant weather months. Enjoy lunchSunday brunch or dinner and choose from the same extensive menu you’ll find in our dining room.

The Fire Pit Patio

If you’re staycationing on a weekday, check into more alfresco fun on our fire pit patio from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, for happy hour. Relax in an Adirondack chair (made by Ann’s dad!) and stretch your vacation dollars with discounted nibbles and drinks.

The Bar

Looking for climate control after a day out and about? Our comfy bar awaits. Set your DD up with a mocktail and then consider a beer or scotch and bourbon flight, something from our wine list or a next-level cocktail from our expert mixologists. Then, sink your teeth into our tempting bar menu (think big bites!). Bonus: Tuesday through Friday happy hour is available inside, too, and there’s piano music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Dining Room

Take a load off in our rustic dining room — we’ll spoil you with Southern hospitality. Open for lunchSunday brunch and dinner, the dining room is cool in the summer and features a charming fireplace in the winter. We’re particularly proud of our servers, many of whom have been with us for years. They’ll take good care of you.

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: Dara N. King Photography; other photos, top to bottom: Pixabay; Dara N. King Photography (all other photos)

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Your Garden Needs These 5 Veggies]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8571 2018-07-19T11:40:04Z 2018-07-02T16:08:01Z There are so many tempting veggies to grow in our area! Executive Chef Jose Castillo lets us in on his top five favorites. Soon, they'll be your top five, too.

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There’s nothing quite like biting into fresh veggies harvested from your own backyard. They have a comforting, earthy smell when first picked, and an unmistakably honest flavor and cornucopia of health benefits when consumed.

Luckily for us, The Gables at Chadds Ford’s kitchen team digs gardening. The peppers, tomatoes, kale, lettuces, basil and parsley — and more, depending on the chef’s whim when planting — that you see on your plate have traveled a short distance from our rooftop garden to our kitchen.

With so many tempting veggies available to grow in our area (we’re in Pennsylvania zone 7), it can be challenging to choose, especially if you’re a beginner. Here are the top five veggies Jose likes to grow (technically, tomatoes and peppers are fruits, and basil is an herb, but you get the idea!):

1. Beefsteak Tomatoes

These hearty, almost “meaty” tomatoes are great for slicing to top burgers and sandwiches, but also work well in salads.

2. Hot Peppers

Jalapeno is a great starter hot pepper, as it’s easy to grow and not wicked hot. Use them to add zip to your dishes (we love them in Mexican fare) and cocktails.

3. Mesclun Mix

You’ll love this mix of tender, mild light green and red baby lettuces. You’ll also love saving money by growing your own, rather than buying boxed or bagged salads.

4. Basil

Go for Italian basil — it’s the most popular and versatile. Aromatic and slightly sweet, basil is the perfect partner to tomatoes and adds flavor to salads, soups, sauces and even sandwiches (try it with mozzarella, tomato and a drizzle of olive oil on a rustic roll).

5. Sugar Snap Peas

Munch ‘em raw as a snack (with or without a light ranch salad dressing) and add them to salads for a refreshing crunch and fresh-picked flavor. You can also blanch sugar snap peas for a quick and healthy side dish.

Many home gardeners start plants from seeds, nurture into them seedlings and then plant them outside. In most cases, seedlings go into the ground not long after the last frost, which generally happens in mid- to late-April. A good rule of thumb for our area is to get into the garden around Mother’s Day.

Did you miss this year’s suggested growing season? You may still be able to cultivate these beauties from seedlings and plant in containers. Or, consider their sister plants that can stand up to colder weather. Pro tip: Try “putting up” your homegrown veggies for the winter.

Don’t feel like cooking? Come visit and let our chef fill your plate with garden-to-table goodness! Bonus: From late spring into the fall, take advantage of our alfresco options, including our fire pit patio and our covered outdoor patio. 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

Featured photo: Betsy Barron Photography; all other photos, top to bottom: Ed Williams; Pixabay; Bigstock; Ed Williams (last two photos)

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gableseditor <![CDATA[BIG NEWS: Gables Beer Garden Coming July 2018]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8533 2018-07-09T20:00:23Z 2018-06-18T18:10:27Z Ice-cold beer. Good eats. Summer tunes. Outdoorsy games. Sound good? Then mark your calendar for every Thursday in July — plus a few other dates in July and August — and head to the pop-up beer garden at The Gables at Chadds Ford.

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Ice-cold beer. Good eats. Summer tunes. Outdoorsy games. Sound good? Then mark your calendar for every Thursday in July — plus a few other dates in July and August — and head to the pop-up beer garden at The Gables at Chadds Ford.

News flash for Mother Nature: The gig is on, rain or shine, from 5 to 10 p.m. If she’s drenching us, then we’ll transform our banquet room into the beer garden. When she’s smiling on us, the beer garden will take over the back terrace. Expect our signature service as you indulge in:

  • Four beers on tap, in addition to a generous can and bottle selection. Want to hang out, but not into beer? Choose from our wine list or indulge in our freshly made Summer Berry Peach Sangria.
  • Some new dishes and some Gables favorites! If you’re really hungry, try the Boubon Pulled Pork Sandwich or Italian Sausage Sandwich. For something lighter, order a Gables Salad or Watermelon Salad.
  • A s’mores bar that will tempt with a variety of homemade flavored marshmallows.

Your ears will think “cheers,” too, thanks to a fun lineup of music. Here’s who’s in right now, but keep an eye on our Facebook event page and stay in the know:

In addition to the above dates, we’ll also be raising pints in the beer garden on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Between sips and nibbles, make sure to stroll on over to the lawn games and try your luck at cornhole and giant Jenga. And if the weather is sublime but you’re still a tad warm, the banquet room will be open so you can chill in air-conditioned comfort.

Bonus: On July 12, 20, 26 and Aug. 3, you can memorialize your beer garden shenanigans with the Tiny Tin Photo Booth! It’s a retro camper-turned-photo-booth on wheels. Pop in with your squad, make silly faces at the camera (or not) and leave with a strip of photos.

Feel like an alfresco experience but can’t swing by on any of those dates? Pop in and check out our fire pit patio for a similar vibe.

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: Bigstock

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gableseditor <![CDATA[It’s Finally Time for Alfresco Fun!]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8469 2018-05-31T17:33:28Z 2018-05-31T17:33:28Z When the weather outside is delightful, think alfresco fun! Set your sights on a place with open and covered patios and happy hour specials, plus bar and full menu options. How about The Gables at Chadds Ford?

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When the weather outside is delightful, think alfresco fun! Set your sights on a place with open and covered patios and happy hour specials, plus bar and full menu options. How about The Gables at Chadds Ford?

We’re pumped for warm weather and suspect you are, too. We’d love for you to be our alfresco guest and bring along family, friends and work colleagues. Here’s why!

Alfresco Fun, Rain or Shine

Rain in the forecast? No problem — settle in on our covered outdoor patio. Our sturdy greenhouse tent is dotted with clear ceiling panels for natural light by day, or choose a shady spot. Here you, can indulge in our full lunchdinner and brunch menus. Choose something light and summery, such as our Gables Salad topped with apples and pears or our Pick Two for $10 (half-portions of seasonal salads, soups and/or sandwiches) for lunch. Go big with our signature shrimp and grits, jumbo lump crab cake or center cut filet mignon for dinner. And just wait until you see our brunch buffet, packed with salads, cheese and fruit, an omelet station, French toast and more (a la carte specialties are also available). Brunch is served Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Get Happy by the Fire Pit

It should be called happy hours because it runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and because our tempting menus will bring a smile to your face. Our happy hour menu boasts $5 glasses of our award-winning sangria, $2 off all draught beer and $3 off all glasses of wine, plus daily discounts on select menu items from loaded pimento crab and artichoke dip and truffle fries to shrimp cocktail martinis and cheesesteak egg rolls — and more.

Our bar menu is available on the fire pit patio anytime. It’s a sampling of our favorites, including the Gables Burger piled high with smoked bacon, fried onions, arugula and white cheddar; balsamic brussels sprouts lightly fried and topped with shaved Asagio; grilled romaine salad with garlic croutons and roasted piquillo peppers; beer mussels doused in lager, sliced onion, garlic bacon, blue cheese crumbles and fresh parsley and so much more!

Next-Level Lunch Meetings

The great outdoors isn’t just for R&R. Our outdoor options are an excellent way to make an impression on your business colleagues. We put the power in power lunch — just let us know you’re there for business when you arrive (or make a reservation) and we’ll make sure you have a quiet table for your business connection.

Hungry for more? Then make a plan to swing by The Gables at Chadds Ford to savor the great outdoors — and our food and drink!

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: Fig; Dara N. King Photography; Fig (remaining photos)

 

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Wedding Day Pampering 101: The Wedding Suite!]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=8431 2018-06-20T14:57:21Z 2018-05-22T17:19:00Z It’s finally here: Your wedding day! All that planning is about to pay off with the wedding of your dreams. Now you’re ready for your day to start with stress-free pampering. Your day is about to start that way, right? Couples who choose The Gables at Chadds Ford know that their day will start with one-stop wedding prep, a toast and tempting nibbles. That’s ...

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It’s finally here: Your wedding day! All that planning is about to pay off with the wedding of your dreams. Now you’re ready for your day to start with stress-free pampering.

Your day is about to start that way, right?

Couples who choose The Gables at Chadds Ford know that their day will start with one-stop wedding prep, a toast and tempting nibbles. That’s because they’ll take advantage of our wedding suite, which is included with every wedding package. Our wedding suite is a charming spot nestled in a separate building next to the wedding terrace and the barn reception area. Let’s take a tour!

Inside, you’ll find two quaint rooms tastefully appointed in cheery pastels and love-inspired accents. One boasts a full-length mirror, plenty of space to hand (and photograph!) wedding attire and ample room for changing. The other affords comfy couches for relaxing and snacking, plus a great spot for hair and makeup. Of course, there’s also a private bathroom.

This on-premises ready room lets our brides and grooms do all the important pre-wedding primping just steps from the ceremony and reception areas. No running from the hairdresser to the makeup artist to somewhere else for photos and then to the wedding (which also may mean less time spent in the limo, too!). It not only saves time and money, but also cuts back on the stress of running around and worrying about being on time for everything.

You know what also cuts back on stress? Making sure your stomach isn’t empty (though we can’t account for butterflies!) before the ceremony. We provide complimentary cheese, fruit, crackers, sparkling and still water and a bottle of champagne. Your first toast is on us!

Like our beautifully landscaped property, the wedding suite is a photographer’s dream, and that means more memorable photos of your day. Your photographer will capture the day from the first dab of makeup to the escorted walk to the ceremony.

And while you may or may not want select guests to pop in before the ceremony, you have the option to welcome them into the wedding suite, since it’s adjacent to where you may choose to have the cocktail hour.

 

At The Gables, our event planners work hard for you from the very first meeting through the final wave goodbye. Our wedding suite is just another way we serve our wedding parties. Ready to learn more? Contact our events team at (610) 388-7700 or by email.

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 at Chadds Ford; other photos, top to bottom: Clair Pruett Photography; The Gables at Chadds Ford (next two photos); First Impression Photography; Memory Keeper Photography (next two photos); Megan Lloyd Photography; First Impression Photography

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