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Durham’s University Club just took it up a notch. The private club that sits atop University Tower just welcomed in a new chef, who made his debut at a fantastic whiskey dinner for members.
Ian Sullivan graduated from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in New York, and has worked in nationally renowned restaurants across the country. He moved to Raleigh in 2005, and worked with Urban Food Group. Now, he’s at the University Club applying his experience and creativity to their menu (in fact, today the Club is debuting a brand new menu – less than two weeks after Ian’s start date – so they have clearly been busy)!
I had the privilege of attending this very special introductory event at the University Club, which I think its safe to say blew everyone away! Guests arrived and were greeted by a fabulously decorated room in a country theme. Handkerchief napkins, linen table runners and wooden chargers from American Party Rentals, a mix of wildflowers designed by Tre Bella Flowers, and live music by Chapel Hill quartet, the Bloomsbury Boys, all added to the lighthearted atmosphere. As the sun set over Durham, we enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, between trips to the photobooth – Shutterbooth. Two of my favorite appetizers were the gorgonzola & shortrib corndog, which melted off the stick, and the salmon croquette. I enjoyed a tasty Sazerac cocktail – rye perfectly blended with absinthe, bitters and a lemon rind garnish. I could have kept drinking Sazerac all night, but had to save room for the deliciousness I knew we were in store for at dinner!
We had a three-course meal, each round seamlessly paired with a different whiskey.
The first course was sweet breads with onion soubise, mushrooms, pickled radish and fried ginger, served with Crown Royal Black Blended Canadian Whiskey. Round two was Cocoa Nib and Coffee Quail with black barley, roasted beets and basil puree, served with Redbreast Irish Whisky, 12 year Expression. These are two very challenging meats to prepare, and they were done flawlessly. The pairings were perfect and easy to sip, complementing our palates.
The final course was Grilled Hanger Steak with Prune Braised Veal Cheeks and sweet Potato Gnocchi, paired with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Booker’s 7 year small batch, Baker’s 7 year small batch, and Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey. Even though I was so full at this point I couldn’t finish it, this course was definitely my fave! Dessert was delicious as well – apple tart with cardamom ice cream and dulce de leche, paired with Oban Classic 14 year single malt scotch whiskey.
The dinner was jovial as Owner Kelly Santel talked us through each pairing, and members chimed in with questions and feedback. At the end of the meal, the new chef was introduced, and everyone gave him an enthusiastic round of applause – which he certainly deserved! Congrats to Ian and the entire University Club family on this exciting time!
Check out the University Club for a fine dining experience, or for any wedding event- from a bridesmaid luncheon, to a rehearsal dinner, to ceremony and reception! The view, the atmosphere, and the amazing new menu are all definitely worth checking out!
These photos by Brian Mullins Photography will give you a better feel for this special night! Brian is one of our preferred SB&G vendors as well, and does an amazing job with weddings!
It will officially be spring this week – and wedding season officially commences! What Durham and Raleigh bridal events are happening this week? Southern Bride & Groom magazine has the scoop – read on to find out!
Wedding Story Writer Official Launch
Thursday, March 21, 6:00-8:00PM
Saks Fifth Avenue, 7700 Old Wake Forest Road, Raleigh
Wedding Story Writer is new, one-of-a-kind business, founded by local writer Michelle McMurray. Have your wedding story written and created into a masterpiece book to last a lifetime, complete with original sketches. Learn more at the launch party at Saks this Thursday evening. A storybook will be on display, as well as samples of the original artwork. There will also be a perfume bar, and guests will enjoy champagne and light bites. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.434.9179.
Highgrove Bridal Open House
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:00am-1:00pm
Stop by the beautiful Highgrove Estate on Laurel Lake in Fuquay Varina to tour the gorgeous wedding venue, and taste the delectable creations of their catering staff.
Cotton Room Open House
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 5:00-8:00pm
Visit The Cotton Room in Durham’s hip Golden Belt area to visit this hot wedding venue, taste amazing food from Triangle Catering, and check out the new neighboring venue, Belt Line Station.
Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park just finished an extensive nine month, $8 million renovation that includes design enhancements to the exterior and interior public spaces, guest room makeovers, the introduction of a new, locally-driven restaurant and an expanded outdoor terrace, perfect for weddings!
The Raleigh-Durham wedding venue and spectacular hotel boasts a wonderfully convenient location in the heart of the Triangle area, and is the perfect venue for all of your needs on your wedding day — from beautiful ceremony and reception space to elegant guest accommodations only steps from the RDU airport.
Last July, Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at RTP began updating and enhancing its 248 guest rooms and suites, all 9,400 square feet of meeting space, and all public areas. Two covered porches have been added to the 1,800 square feet of outdoor space, and the grand veranda with wicker rocking chairs and porch swings remains a favorite spot for guests. The hotel also updated the outdoor swimming pool, the fitness center and business center.
The hotel also unveils a new restaurant as part of the renovations — Vintage Carolina, which will partner with local artisans and feature a menu of locally grown cuisine.
Thanks to Neil Boyd Photography for providing this post’s photos of the gorgeous renovations!
There’s a new Real Wedding feature on the SB&G website today! For the full story, check out the Tanita & Sanders Real Wedding page.
This darling story between Tanita & Sanders began several years ago and blossomed from friendship into true love. The couple married August 12, 2012 at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens with a reception at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Sweet metallics, whites and purples set the scene for Tanita & Sanders’ elegant event, and the photography by Dara Blakeley is to die for!
The couple also used a slew of other SB&G vendors, including: Robin Renteria, Island Sound & Video, Tre Bella Florist, Sweet Memories Bakery, Maria Scheel Invitations & More, Classic Party Rentals, The Umstead Hotel & Spa, The Marriott Durham City Center and ShutterBooth!
Want to have your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here!
Our friends at Triangle Catering, an excellent Raleigh wedding caterer since 1991, are no strangers to operating an event space. They own the fabulous urban-chic
Cotton Room, a restored cotton mill building in Durham’s Golden Belt District. It has quickly become one of Durham’s most popular wedding event spaces, and has been featured in SB&G numerous times – including being the site of our 2012 fashion shoot- check out the fashion section of our current magazine, or Watch the Behind the Scenes Video.
We are happy to announce that Triangle Catering is opening two new event spaces that will be perfect for wedding receptions! One of the new venues is right around the corner from The Cotton Room, by Durham’s historic train tracks, and is called Belt Line Station. The other is Cardinal Hall at the Wake County Shrine Club in Raleigh, which Triangle Catering has renovated and spruced up to be an elegant wedding venue.
The new Triangle NC event spaces are being celebrated with open house events. There will be an open house for Cardinal Hall in Raleigh THIS Sunday, Oct 28th, from 2-6pm, and one for Belt Line Station in Durham NEXT Sunday, November 4, from 2-6pm.
Come out to check out the venue nearest you, and taste some of Triangle Catering’s amazing dishes. Maybe you’ll book two of your most important wedding venues on the spot!
RSVP by Calling 919-530-83080
Hope to see you there!
The University Club offers the best views in Durham, not to mention the delectable food, great service and awesome event space — it’s the perfect place to host your rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception!
Check out these beautiful photographs by Brian Mullins Photography of a style shoot at the club; Brian is one of SB&G’s family of photographers, and he has a great eye for artistic and technical photography. The beautiful cake is from Sugarland, and the lighting is by McSound Productions.
The Cookery boasts Downtown Durham’s newest catering concept — a rentable, full-service commercial kitchen. If you’re looking for an industrial-chic space for your wedding or reception without having to worry about accommodations for you caterer, look no further than The Cookery!
The Cookery’s new Front Room offers a beautiful site for your wedding or reception a 2,500 square foot space that charms up to 200 guests with exposed brick walls, 20-foot ceilings and salvaged metalwork. Book your event with owner Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and his wife, Rochelle Johnson, and let your selected caterer create delicious delicacies for your guests in The Cookery’s commercial kitchen, built to accommodate a caterer’s every need with top-of-the-line equipment, multiple cooking stations and secured food storage. There are even food-truck terminals for your favorite mobile vendors!
Check out these gorgeous bridal portraits by Riley MacLean Photography, taken at The Cookery in celebration of the event space’s opening! Thank you to Savvi for providing us with a beautiful bridal gown. One of our salons, Bella Trio, created our bride’s hair and makeup look.
The Cookery in Durham unveiled its new Front Room event venue in a street party fundraiser event this weekend. The event was a huge success, with over 2,000 people in attendance and raising nearly $4,000 to help the Durham Crisis Response Center remodel the kitchen in their Emergency Shelter.
The event was full of local culinary delights that The Cookery is known for promoting! Guests milled in and out of the new venue, watched live music under a patio tent from American Party Rentals while sipping local beer, and wandered on the street which was shut down specifically for this event and filled with food trucks galore.
The Cookery was opened in 2011 by Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and his wife Rochelle Johnson as a rentable commercial kitchen. Their new Front Room is a perfect site for a wedding
reception, and their amazing kitchen will allow for true restaurant-worthy meals to be served at your event. Just blocks from downtown Durham, The Cookery is an ideal location, and its
industrial-chic look is quintessential Durham.
Stay in touch with The Cookery (Twitter), because they have some other interesting events on the horizon, including serving as the first Pop-Up Restaurant Location in North Carolina!
Below, SB&G’s Jenna Olender had a great time at the opening event this Saturday- seen in lower left corner with Cookery Owner Nick Hawthorne-Johnson. She also ran into some of her wedding pro friends, including Riley Maclean of Riley Maclean Photography, and Megan, Jason and Baby Emma Gillikin of A Southern Soiree (upper right corner).
The Cookery — the newest event space in downtown Durham — is ready to open its doors next month! To commemorate the opening of the space and the adjoining rentable commercial kitchen, The Cookery is hosting a charity benefit and fundraiser on September 15th from 12noon to 3:00p.m.
Visitors can enjoy samplings of a variety of food and have the opportunity to check out some of The Cookery‘s popular food truck members — including Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Monuts Donuts, The Parlour, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli and Triangle Raw Foods, according to The Herald-Sun! Benefits will go towards remodeling the kitchen at the Durham Crisis Response Center’s emergency shelter.
Music, beer and fun await at this special event that is meant to showcase The Cookery‘s new event space — The Front Room — which can accommodate up to 200 guests for receptions and private events.
We can’t wait to see the finished space!
The historic Cotton Room in downtown Durham is hosting a Quarterly Open House on Sunday, August 26th from 2 to 5 p.m.!
This event, which occurs several times a year, is a chance for brides-t0-be to connect with contacts at this fabulous venue and meet some of their favorite vendors! Brides will have the opportunity to see the space dressed to the nines and sample an array of food. The Cotton Room‘s bartenders will also be on hand to chat with brides-t0-be about creating signature cocktails for their Big Day.
RSVPs are required, and the dress code is “Meet the Parents Friendly”. Call 919-530-8380 to reserve your space. Can’t wait to see you there!