We are thrilled to be heading soon to Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for a fabulous holiday three-course meal, a.k.a. delightful evening ahead based on our past experiences.
While there, we hope to not only catch up with the very talented Chef Jason Cunningham but welcome new director of sales and marketing Jack Schmidt to his new position along with Jon Campbell, the inn's new sales manager. We've had the pleasure of meeting and dining with both gentlemen at their previous positions in the Triangle, and we are sure they've settled well into their new homes. Schmidt until recently was general manager at The Carolina Inn, and Campbell was the director of food and beverage also at Chapel Hill's The Carolina Inn. Apparently, these two work well together (actually, we know they do).
But, before we report on our special holiday dinner, we thought you might like to do some special holiday celebratory planning yourself that involves the fabulous Fairview Dining Room. Here's what's on tap:
“FAITHFUL FRIENDS” - The Holiday Tea
Served daily 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. through January 5
Relish the intimacy and unhurried pace of this time-honored tradition. Classic Tea, $25, offers a wide selection of teas from The Republic of Tea served with a variety of sandwiches, fresh homemade scones and a variety of sweets handcrafted for you. Our Tea Royale, $32, also includes a glass of Champagne, Mimosa or Kir Royale. To accommodate your hectic schedule, we will be offering afternoon tea service seven days a week through the holiday season.
It’s the perfect time to don your holiday attire as those “who are dear to us gather near to us once more.”
Online Registration: http://www.opentable.com/opentables.aspx?t=rest&r=15346&m=22&p=2&d=12/13/2013%207:00:00%20PM&scpref=100
“SUGAR PLUM TEA” - A Festive Christmas Eve Tea
12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 24
After the house is decorated, gifts are wrapped and the rush is settling down, come enjoy your Christmas Eve Afternoon Tea style. Classic Tea has been elevated to include a special dessert bar, complete with an array of holiday sweets. The Vista Restaurant will feature live holiday music by pianist Paul Holmes. Each guest will receive Gingerbread Cookies as a take-away “goody.” Hot Cider and Hot Chocolate are also available for children and adults alike. Children 6-12 $15, Adult $28
Online Registration https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1010826
CHRISTMAS EVE BRUNCH
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 24
Take a break from your last-minute shopping and come unwind with us for a relaxing Christmas Eve Brunch in the Fairview Dining Room. The Fairview will also feature live holiday music with Paul Holmes featuring the dining room's traditional brunch menu features items, both savory and sweet.
Online Registration https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1010825
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER - Prix-Fixe Dinner in the Fairview
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 24
Executive Chef Jason Cunningham has been hard at work again creating a special four-course prix fixe dinner for Christmas Eve. Come escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays with an elegant dinner in the revived Fairview Dining Room. There will also be live holiday music to boost your spirit. $65
Online Registration https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1010824
CHRISTMAS BUFFET EXTRAVAGANZA - Our Yearly Holiday Buffet Tradition
Noon, 3 and 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 25
The Fairviews' famous holiday extravaganza includes an assortment of chilled seafood and salads, traditional hot entrees and side dishes, a chef carving station with succulent roasted meats, extensive dessert display, and choice of coffee, tea or soft drink. Adults $69, Children 6-12 $25, and children ages 5 and under are free. Executive Club Discount does apply for the Christmas Buffet this year.
Online Registration https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1010822
About the Inn
The Washington Duke Inn is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in Durham and was recently named as one of only 15 hotels in the Southern Living Hotel Collection: a small, curated group of independent, four- and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offer the best in authentic Southern hospitality. Nestled on 300 acres filled with tall pines and hardwoods, the Inn is known for its beautiful facility and grounds, 271 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, marvelous cuisine in the Four Diamond Award-winning Fairview Dining Room, the Bull Durham Bar, the Robert Trent Jones-designed 18-hole championship Duke University golf course, and convenience to local points of interest. The Inn is owned by Duke University.
If You're Going: For more information or reservations, call 919.490.0999 or 1.800.443.3853, or visit washingtondukeinn.com.