The Gables at Chadds Ford Restaurant, Bar and Private Parties 2018-01-17T18:38:42Z http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/feed/atom/ 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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gableseditor <![CDATA[4 Tips for Choosing the Best Event Vendors (Plus 2 Bonus Tips!)]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=6012 2017-11-09T16:11:41Z 2017-11-09T16:11:41Z Anytime is a great time to host an event at The Gables at Chadds Ford. Whether it’s a corporate meeting, a graduation party, a shower, a wedding or any other occasion, our talented special events team will not only create a memorable day, but will also direct you to our most trusted vendors. Why are they trusted? Because we’ve put them to the test and they’ve delivered, time and again. Here are ...

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Anytime is a great time to host an event at The Gables at Chadds Ford. Whether it’s a corporate meeting, a graduation party, a shower, a wedding or any other occasion, our talented special events team will not only create a memorable day, but will also direct you to our most trusted vendors.

Why are they trusted? Because we’ve put them to the test and they’ve delivered, time and again. Here are four ways to spot top-notch vendors:

1. They Reply to Your First Inquiry Quickly

Sure, that seems obvious, but you can tell a lot about a vendor’s responsiveness by how quickly they attend to your initial call or email. You want someone who is eager to speak with you and will give you immediate feedback on availability. If you have to chase vendors down from the start, chances are you’ll have to stay on top them. An event has many moving parts, starting from the day you choose the date until the last guest exits the venue. A vendor’s job is to not only perform flawlessly, but also to make your life easier during the process.

2. They Give You Options

No event is the same, so no vendor should offer a one-size-fits-all approach. Look for someone who is willing to discuss options, which may include packages. Packages are generally tried-and-true combinations that have pleased customers in the past and touch on a variety of price points. Still, a vendor should be willing to discuss and price different scenarios if your event has special requirements or you have personal preferences.

3. Their References Love Them

No one is going to provide a reference who isn’t pleased. So when you check references—and you should—listen for raving fans. Truly happy references are those who can’t say enough about the company, those with whom they worked, the end product (photography, music, desserts, etc.) and the entire experience. If you’re getting a boilerplate answer, ask for specifics.

4. They’re Show-Offs

As in, they show off their work! Review examples online (or in person) to make sure you love the photography, videography, musical talent, DJ skills, lighting, invitations, A/V equipment, decorations, flowers, etc. Food vendors should be more than happy to provide a tasting, especially if you have special requirements, such as gluten- and/or dairy-free or vegan, for your event.

Bonus Tips to Enhance the Process

1. Know What You Want

It’s difficult to find a good match until you determine your needs. Sit down with your team if it’s a work event or your family and friends if it’s a personal event and brainstorm. Sketch out the day from start to finish, and reach out to our special events team if you need assistance. Once there’s clarity, the rest will start to fall into place.

2. Go With Your Gut

Vendor impresses you, but isn’t the lowest price point? Your gut is telling you something. In our experience, it’s often prudent to listen! Sometimes you just hit it off with a vendor, or are blown away by their work. Honor that feeling, and have a further conversation with the vendor if pricing is an issue. It’s often possible to work out a new proposal that meets your budget and gets you the vendor you want for your important day.

We’re extremely discerning about those we recommend for events at The Gables, which is why we’ve compiled a growing list of exceptional vendors. We can provide recommendations for cakes, child care, custom invitation design and printing, event lighting, A/V equipment, event styling and design, floral, hair and makeup, hotels and accommodations, limousines, music and DJs, officiants, photos, photo booths, tuxedo rentals and videos. Contact us and let us know how we may be of service.

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; Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce; Allison Barto; The Gables at Chadds Ford; Pixabay; Bigstock

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Why Every Season is Events Season]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=5980 2018-01-17T17:26:18Z 2017-10-20T17:07:58Z Holiday party? Check. Wedding? Check. Shower? Check. Corporate meeting? Check. Graduation party? Check. Pretty much any type of event, at any time of the year? Check! Every season is the right season at The Gables at Chadds Ford. Here’s why: The rustic-chic restaurant and barn, manicured gardens, relaxing patio and fun fire pits provide the right venue options to knock your next event out of the park. ...

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Holiday party? Check. Wedding? Check. Shower? Check. Corporate meeting? Check. Graduation party? Check. Pretty much any type of event, at any time of the year? Check!

Every season is the right season at The Gables at Chadds Ford. Here’s why:

  • The rustic-chic restaurant and barn, manicured gardens, relaxing patio and fun fire pits provide the right venue options to knock your next event out of the park.
  • An experienced special events team offers the personal touch and handles all the details—whether you’re arranging a quiet business lunch or a dance-the-night-away wedding.
  • Speaking of weddings, couples who book within two months of their date can take advantage of great discounts on a flower wall and an hors d’oeuvre, plus a complimentary champagne toast.
  • Our hospitality designer works closely with you to decorate and stage the room to creating a warm, welcoming and beautiful environment for your guests.
  • A tempting selection of menu packages by our chef that also can be completely customized to meet your wishes and any food sensitivities or preferences.
  • Gables-approved and trusted vendors for flowers, A/V, music, photography and so much more.

We’ll also let you in on a best-kept secret: Weekday room fees can’t be beat! You’ll get the full range of amenities no matter when you book, but if your date is flexible and your event can be held during the week, consider that option for the very best rate.

Need more reasons to book with us? We hate to brag (but we will!)—we were named PartySpace.com’s most popular wedding space! That same level of service extends to all our events, thanks to our Southern roots and commitment to unparalleled hospitality.

Contact us today to see how The Gables at Chadds Ford fits in with your event-planning needs. Check our availability and give us a call.

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: Dara N. King Photography; Ed Williams; Alexandra Whitney; Dara N. King Photography

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gableseditor <![CDATA[4 Ways The Gables Makes Your Holiday Party Unforgettable]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=5854 2018-01-17T18:38:42Z 2017-09-29T11:22:16Z It’s never too early to get on our calendar—Saturdays and Sundays in November and December are already booked at The Gables at Chadds Ford! Dates are filling quickly, so nab yours now. This goes for you, busy corporate planner, as well as you, frazzled family social director. Our special events team will take the hassle out of the holidays so you can relax ...

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It’s never too early to get on our calendar—Saturdays and Sundays in November and December are already booked at The Gables at Chadds Ford! Dates are filling quickly, so nab yours now. This goes for you, busy corporate planner, as well as you, frazzled family social director. Our special events team will take the hassle out of the holidays so you can relax and enjoy your event (and all the glory).

At The Gables at Chadds Ford, we know parties! We host weddings, showers, birthdays, anniversaries, religious celebrations and so much more all year long, and bring that experience to bear during the holiday season. We know that every party is important to the host and the guests, and we pull out all the stops to make your party unforgettable. Here’s how!

1. A beautiful venue to wow your guests

Our historic property retains its late-1800s Victorian charm, but with all the amenities you’d expect from a modern restaurant and banquet room. Our spacious banquet room boasts a high ceiling accented with exposed wood gables, stunning floor-to-ceiling French windows, a dedicated bar, an elevated DJ area and private restrooms. The banquet room opens onto an outdoor terrace and our well-manicured lawn. Our hospitality designer will work with you to decorate and stage the room to meet your party needs, whether you’re hosting a corporate gathering or a family soiree. For your guests’ convenience, there’s plenty of convenient parking, too.

2. Customized menu from Chef. When you party with us, you may select from a carefully planned banquet menu. You can also customize the menu to suit your preferences. Either way, your food is prepared by our chef and his kitchen staff, the same culinary talent who create our Southern-inspired restaurant fare. Choose from plated meals, a buffet, food stations, heavy hors d’oeuvres or any combination to fit your taste and budget. The same goes for the bar: you can offer your guests a full bar, wine and beer or a cash bar. Our special events staff works with you to create the ideal event for your party.

3. Great vendors to help you nail the details

We take the devil out of the details not only with our own in-house special events staff and hospitality designer, but also by directing you to our preferred vendors for special services such as photography, audio equipment and music. Our list goes beyond those typical needs, however, so we can help you secure invitations, hotel accommodations, limousines, videography and even child care or a photo booth. We come into contact with many vendors during the course of our day, and we’ve compiled a list of the best of the best to serve you.

4. Options to fit any budget

We take this part as seriously as we take our cuisine. We believe that celebrating those who are important to us shouldn’t break the bank. We also cater to those who pull out all the stops—and we treat everyone with the same care and attention. Those seeking to throw a memorable event on a budget might consider hosting during the week. A weekday event offers the best rates and, like all of our events, the room fee includes standard white table linens, napkins, china, glassware, flatware, tea light candles, use of the outdoor terrace (weather permitting) and room setup and cleanup. Our special events team will help you take your vision, needs and desires and make them a reality—within your budget.

Ready to party? Check our availability or call us at (215) 490-9015.

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: Ed Williams; The Gables at Chadds Ford; Alexandra Whitney (last two photos)

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gableseditor <![CDATA[Top 3 Drinks You Need to Try (They’re Not What You Think!)]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=5813 2017-09-11T15:09:13Z 2017-09-11T15:09:13Z What to choose, what to choose? We know it’s hard when there’s so many tempting options on our beer, wine, bourbons and single malt scotches and specialty cocktails and martinis lists. We think they’re all tops—we curated those lists, after all—but when push comes to shove, our bartenders will steer you toward these three must-try libations: The Papa Dino, sangria and limoncello. Why? Dig into a ...

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What to choose, what to choose? We know it’s hard when there’s so many tempting options on our beerwinebourbons and single malt scotches and specialty cocktails and martinis lists. We think they’re all tops—we curated those lists, after all—but when push comes to shove, our bartenders will steer you toward these three must-try libations: The Papa Dino, sangria and limoncello.

Why? Dig into a nostalgic favorite and why made-fresh-on-site is always best (plus a few trade secrets). Those tidbits make our top three irresistible.

1. The Papa Dino

“Our Papa Dino is a sentimental favorite,” said bartender Dawn Hopkins. “Ann Kolenick, our owner, named this Manhattan-with-a-twist drink after her grandfather. It’s top-shelf bourbon, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters aged for four weeks in our very own oak barrel. This gives it oaky, woodsy notes. Our other twist? We add a touch of cherry juice—because that’s the way Dino liked it.”

2. Peach & Berry Sangria

Our award-winning sangria—made fresh every day, of course—hails from summer’s best and is a crowd-pleaser all year long. It was named the Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs’ Best Sangria 2015. Our mixologists take not-too-sweet moscato and add a splash of peach schnapps and a splash of triple sec, and top it off with club soda, fresh berries and orange slices.

“When peaches are in season, we also add those for a super-summery surprise,” Dawn explained. “Our customers love it no matter the season because when the weather is dicey, our sangria’s bright flavors bring them back to summertime and thoughts of vacations.”

 

Limoncello

The story goes that at one point, The Gables at Chadds Ford was purchasing customer favorite limoncello. Enter Dawn, her Italian heritage and her favorite limoncello recipe.

“I’m Italian, so I said to Ann, ‘Why buy it when I can make it?’” Dawn said. “Why is ours better? I’ll tell you the secret: I put love into it. No one else knows how to do that.”

Truth be told, there is a secret, but Dawn’s keeping that under wraps. She is willing to share that she never uses Everclear or grain alcohol, but instead lovingly soaks lemon peels in high-quality vodka. First, she peels 40 lemons (40!). Next, she takes three, half-gallon glass containers, fills them with vodka and divides the lemon peels among them. Those beautiful, soon-to-be limoncello containers sit on the bar for all to see for four days. On day five, when the vodka shows a pale, yellow color, Dawn removes all the peels and adds her version of just-made simple syrup.

“I won’t tell you my secret, but I will let you in on this: it’s not done yet,” Dawn teased. “Some people drink it after adding the simple syrup, but not at The Gables. It needs to go in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Then, it’s done. Pending the best part—a taste test!”

Dawn keeps the finished product in the fridge so it stays cold, then serves it neat or uses it in cocktails like our raspberry lemon martini that marries limoncello with Stoli Razberi and a splash of club soda, and garnished with a lemon slice.

“The key to everything is ‘local,’ and we’re all used to hearing that,” Dawn said. “We take it seriously, from the veggies and herbs in our rooftop garden to our limoncello. It shows in our award-winning food and our drinks, and our locals—our customers—appreciate it. We wouldn’t have it any other way at The Gables!”

Come visit Dawn and our other friendly and talented barkeeps, and soak up our rustic ambience with an intriguing beverage paired with our Southern-inspired cuisine. Remember to hit our front patio and relax by the fire pits during mild weather. Our covered patio is open a bit longer, and our inviting bar and lounge area and cozy dining room await you all year long.

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[Have Fun By the Fire Pit!]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=5779 2017-09-01T16:46:36Z 2017-09-01T16:46:36Z When the weather’s pleasant, our front patio is open and our fire pits are glowing. A homey fire often conjures up chilly fall evenings, and while that’s a great time to cozy up near the fire pit, it’s not the only time of the year for relaxing outdoors with great food and libations. We open our front patio in late spring as ...

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When the weather’s pleasant, our front patio is open and our fire pits are glowing. A homey fire often conjures up chilly fall evenings, and while that’s a great time to cozy up near the fire pit, it’s not the only time of the year for relaxing outdoors with great food and libations.

We open our front patio in late spring as soon as Mother Nature allows, and keep it open as long as possible in the fall. You’ll find comfy Adirondack chairs surrounding two fire pits; their long arms help you cradle a drink while your award-winning fare rests on an adjacent table. High tops are scattered nearby for quiet conversation. As evening falls, string lights join the fire’s glow to create just the right ambience. Gentle background music sets the stage for an evening at The Gables at Chadds Ford!

Guests love our alfresco setting for gathering with friends and family over our bar menu (dinner menu available on request): think GNO (Girls’ or Guys’ Night Out), a long-overdue catch-up, date night, a birthday celebration, after-work drinks, happy hour … it’s endless! But we’re more than just a great place to hang—check out other ways to use our charming outdoor space.

Pre-Event Gathering

Hosting an event at The Gables at Chadds Ford? Start outside and have fun by a fire pit. Our events team will help you craft a pre-function cocktail hour in line with your event’s theme and budget. There’s plenty of room for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and circulating among your guests.

Pre-Dinner Drinks

Bring back the tradition of enjoying a cocktail (or beer, wine, scotch or bourbon!) before dinner. There’s nothing like winding down at the end of a workday or winding up on the weekend with good people and great drinks. We have a robust wine list, continuously changing cocktail and martini lists, a rotating beer list and a well-curated scotch and bourbon list to keep you satisfied.

Waiting For Friends

We all have those friends who are always late—even when you “secretly” tell them to arrive earlier than the rest. Make waiting time enjoyable and relax by the fire pit. In fact, you may find you no longer care who is late and who is on time, thanks to our impeccable service.

Concerned About Inclement Weather?

We’ve got you covered—literally. If rain threatens, simply move indoors or hit our covered patio.

Come to The Gables at Chadds Ford and immerse yourself in our Southern-inspired cuisine, intriguing beverage program and rustic ambience—outside! We’ll keep the fire on for 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

Photos: The Gables at Chadds Ford

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gableseditor <![CDATA[6 Tips for a Gorgeous Garden and Luscious Landscaping]]> http://thegablesatchaddsford.com/?p=5752 2018-01-17T18:09:52Z 2017-08-11T14:47:26Z It’s no secret that we’re bursting-at-the-seams proud of our rooftop garden. It’s just a short stroll from the kitchen—now that’s real garden-to-table! We have our building and grounds maintenance supervisor, Gregory L. Twerdok, to thank for nurturing those fresh ingredients. Greg also gets an extra nod for tending to our beautiful landscaping. Greg is skilled at working the soil and are ...

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It’s no secret that we’re bursting-at-the-seams proud of our rooftop garden. It’s just a short stroll from the kitchen—now that’s real garden-to-table!

We have our building and grounds maintenance supervisor, Gregory L. Twerdok, to thank for nurturing those fresh ingredients. Greg also gets an extra nod for tending to our beautiful landscaping.

Greg is skilled at working the soil and are happy to share his top tips for home gardeners. We trust you’ll find them helpful, whether you’re looking for late summer ideas or planning for spring.

Greg’s Top Three Gardening and Landscaping Tips

1. Plan and research your project

All you need is a seed of an idea! Sketch out your thoughts, including a rough map of your property and where you intend to garden or landscape. Take that—with a budget in mind—to a local garden center and talk to the staff. They are generally knowledgeable about when to plant and what will work best for your comfort level. Remember, you don’t have to revamp your yard or plant everything in one season. Talk to a garden center expert about staging over a few seasons based on your available time and budget.

2. Choose hardy, disease-resistant, drought-tolerant and heirloom varieties

There’s nothing wrong with a wish list; just keep in mind that everything you desire may not be appropriate for this part of Pennsylvania. A garden center expert will guide you based on your interest and experience. Greg suggests tomatoes, peppers and zucchini for the home gardener, and wave petunias, potato vine, annual grasses and sedges for the home landscaper.

3. Have a solid watering plan

Local summers are typically hot, and droughts are common. Make sure you’re prepared to either hand-water or install irrigation—or both. A garden center expert can help you select irrigation systems and also can advise on cost-effective ways to use soaker hoses or a good, old-fashioned hose with an adjustable nozzle. Greg says irrigation is especially great for hard-to-reach plants, like high window boxes. However, he prefers to hand-water so that he has eyes on the plants daily to check for any problems, like insects or browning (which can signal disease).

More Vegetable Gardening Tips

1. Beginners should start small

Start with tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, which are typically easy to cultivate. Basil, mint and chives are also beginner-friendly and offer a nice mix of flavors to go with those veggies. Starting small is manageable and gives beginners confidence. If you achieve success early in the season, consider moving on to late-summer varieties.

2. Choose a sunny location

Most vegetables require roughly six hours of full sun each day. Check your property and gauge which spot gets the most sun throughout the growing season. Not everyone has a rooftop location! Make sure to space plants appropriately to soak up the sun. You don’t want them to crowd and overshadow one another.

3. Buy high-quality seeds

Don’t skimp on the start! Using last year’s seeds may work, but often won’t yield the same results. Decide on your crops, take a look at your budget and invest in your future harvest, choosing organic, if possible. A garden center expert can guide you to popular seed brands or do your own research on the web.

Intrigued? We hope you’ll stop by The Gables at Chadds Ford and try our fresh menu as you enjoy our beautiful venue. You might just spot Greg taking care of our plants. In the meantime, we recommend The Old Farmer’s Almanac for additional tips and tricks.

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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