The Lakeside Blog is happily written by Michelle Bruck at the Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, CT. She writes about what there is to do at Interlaken and why you should come stay with us, fun local events, great places to visit and cool things to do – in and around Lakeville & Salisbury Connecticut.
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Here is proof that we truly use the pavilion for many other events besides weddings! Out with the dance floor and round tables and in with the eight foot tables and widescreen! The pavilion is setup classroom style for a group of about 100 attendees. A beautifully bright and airy spot - truly a unique meeting spot for a large group. Actually, Interlaken has got several unique locations for any size meeting you'd like to have. Contact Kristy Barto for further details!
Your First Visit
We all remember the many firsts that happen in our lives, so for all of you who have visited Interlaken can you remember your very first visit one? How did you find out about Interlaken before making that first visit? A recommendation from friends? Maybe your child was accepted at Hotchkiss and they told you we were right next door. You are an avid Race fan and heard we were only 6 miles from the Lime Rock Race Track. Maybe your company sent you here for a conference. Your friend was getting married and you were invited to attend his destination wedding. And let's not forget the common Google search!
The Guests that had their very first visit here back in 1974 found us through an ad that was placed in the New York Times. The property was just what they were looking for for their young family and so the long relationship began and still continues. If you do the math, that is 38 years! Judy was kind enough to send me along a photo from that very first visit and here it is - the little boy in the photo is now 40! (This may sound familiar if you read my blog a couple of weeks back - this is the photo she promised she would send.)
I know many of you have been visiting us just as long as this family has so I would love to hear about your very first visit - please feel free to share with me at email@example.com!
Virginia - you were right!
Sometimes Guests make me hungry.
The Guest that did it this time for me was Virginia. Virginia stays with us often and has been staying with us for about 15 years now. There was a dish we used to serve in our restaurant years ago that Virginia has yet to find anywhere else as much as she loved it at Interlaken - so we make it for her. Each time she stays, Eric Stoetzner (who was the Chef back then) prepares this special dish for her and Virginia loves it just like the very first time. Now realize my amazement when, during her stay this past week, when she proceeds to tell me she thinks she may have found a dish that is better than the Pecan Chicken! I told her this was impossible as I knew how deep her love for the chicken was - plus I knew Eric's ego would be crushed!
Later on that evening and much to my surprise, I was fortunate enough to try the dish that beat the chicken. It was the special for the weekend in Morgan's and you are looking at it above as it sat on my desk before me.
Homemade Spinach Pasta with Scimeca Heirloom Tomatoes with a light Parmesan Cream
I know why it beat the chicken. When is the last time you've had homemade pasta, or actually, ever had homemade pasta? I saw Chef Blake making the fettuccine earlier that afternoon and wow, how delicious it was. It melted in my mouth! Nothing beats fresh tomatoes picked from the vine that morning from Scimeca farm and then all mixed in a light cream sauce? Virginia, you are so right! Now mind you, V (as I call her) it will be hard to duplicate this dish in the middle of winter without the freshly picked tomatoes, but we'll do our best. If not, you know you can always count on Eric to make you that nutty poultry dish!
Do you have a favorite dish that you can only find at Morgan's? If so, make me hungry and email me about it!
What's happening behind those big grasses?
Three guesses as to what is happening under the pavilion this afternoon.
Nope, it's not a bat mitzvah, although we did host one here earlier this week (contact Brandon if you would like to book one). It's not a radical race team building event either! Good guess though, as we do them often too - Kristy Barto can help you out with that. A family reunion dinner? Sorry, but Maura McQuade can assist you in planning one for your family! Your three guesses are up! Here are a few hints:
Yes, the first of many fall weddings this season! Autumn weddings typically include the wonderful tastes of fall as well - here is what their Guests will be enjoying this evening:
Pear, Parmesan, and Arugula Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Pecans and Sage
Halibut with Lemon-Caper Nage
Braised Shortribs of Beef with Red Wine
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Caramelized Root Vegetables with Sage
August's Top Performers
I am sure you've been checking the blog every day since September 1st just to see if I have posted the top selling items in the month of August yet! Well today is your lucky day if you are checking in for that very reason. I love to see the most popular items of the month too, so let's see who the winners are. I am going to just focus on Morgan's Restaurant from now on as that is way more fun!
The winner again this month is the Salmon! Wild salmon can be eaten without the fear of excess contaminants or mercury, and of course (as you must know) is a great way to get your Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Tastes great and great for you? I'm in. The Wild King Salmon dish is currently being served grilled with marinated cucumbers and leeks, saffron yogurt, and pistachio. Our second runner-up is the chicken entree: Organic Chicken Breast with local thin beans, fingerling potatoes, roasted garlic-thyme jus. Tied for third was the Strip Steak (Grilled Grass-fed N.Y. Strip with house worcestershire, horseradish, garlicky spinach) and the Snapper (East Coast Red Snapper with red pepper crust, local organic sweet corn, young scallions).
East Coast Red Snapper with red pepper crust, local organic sweet corn, young scallions
Hungry yet? Wait, let me get you the dessert winners to complete your entire salivating mouth!
The Chocolate Ganache Torte has been taken down! The most ordered dessert in August was the Apple Fritter: Local Apple Fritters with vanilla bean ice cream. I have a feeling this is going to be the winner for September as well with everyone starting to get into the apple season again. Our homemade ice cream/sorbet scoop came in second and no worries, the Double Ganache Torte with Pretzel ice cream came in a solid third.
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