Category: Food & Drink

BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Cooking Class

There are few things more unifying in life than the experience of preparing a meal from scratch and gathering around a table to eat, drink and share that meal with others. Willowdale Estate is excited to continue with our seasonal Cooking Classes! With just two more classes planned for this year (March 15th & November 15th) we thought it was about time we give you a behind-the-scenes look at our format, the included items in our gift bags, and the overall experience! Read on to the bottom of the post where we share the recipe for our Ricotta Gnocchi!

 

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Date: February 21st, 2017
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You’re invited! 2017 Public Event Listings

Every year Willowdale Estate hosts a series of public events to share our unique space with our friends, neighbors and clients.  Please join us as we open our doors to the public. Events are separated into three categories:

 

HISTORIC TOURS – Guided tours of the estate featuring historic details, context and conversation about the history of Willowdale with a light reception to follow. 

SIGNATURE EVENTS – Themed gatherings tailored to the seasons offering food, drink and entertainment.

WILLOWDALE KITCHENS – Food focused events including cooking classes led by our Executive Chef AND our exclusive private dining Red Door Supper Club experience. 

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Date: January 20th, 2017
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FLAVORS OF FALL

The harvest décor is out at Willowdale Estate and we’ve been serving up delicious fall flavors for our weddings and events! Willowdale Kitchen’s on-site gourmet catering strives to serve local, seasonal, farm fresh ingredients whenever possible.

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Date: October 11th, 2016
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Willowdale Winter Formals

Our 1901 Arts & Crafts Style mansion provides a beautiful and unique setting for a winter themed dance. Willowdale Estate has unique handcrafted details throughout the house and has a rich history of hosting elegant parties. From November 23rd – January 3rd neutral holiday décor is included in your site rental and includes soft outdoor and indoor bulb lighting, burlap ribbon, embellished fireplace mantles, garland and mercury glass décor.

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Date: September 13th, 2016
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Seven Collins Cocktail Recipes You Need To Try!

Providing a signature cocktail for your guests is a fun way to tie in the theme or season for your next event! Serving your drink in Collins glasses is easy for your guests to carry around while they mingle and dance! Check out some of our favorite Collins Cocktails!

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Date: August 30th, 2016
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WILLOWDALE KITCHENS: The Art of Knives

As you can probably imagine, knives to a true chef are like a collection of brushes to a fine artist or a chisel set to a sculptor. Without the perfect tools, your ultimate goal is only that much harder if not impossible to achieve. Recently, I asked Willowdale Estate’s own chef Ben Lightbody to elaborate on his knives, as I wanted to know where all of these incredible shapes, colors and designs came from. Chef Ben’s collection looks almost museum-worthy, but what I found the most amazing of all is that he loves and uses each and every one of them when the application is just right. (more…)

Date: August 5th, 2016
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REAL EVENT: 3rd Annual Bluegrass & BBQ

Last week Willowdale hosted our third annual Bluegrass & BBQ event – a guest favorite and part of our annual Signature Events Series complete with entertainment, a savory menu and perfect summer weather! The Ipswich Ale Beer Truck was parked out back right next to the tent and served a variety of ales straight from the tap! (more…)

Date: July 29th, 2016
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Holiday Parties at Willowdale Estate

Although it’s only July, now is the time to start reserving a space for this years holiday party – perhaps you need to plan a corporate party for your employees, a family reunion or annual event. Our European influenced architecture and charming field stone siding create an unique place to celebrate any event. (more…)

Date: July 15th, 2016
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Suite Moments

Getting ready in our suites is treat for our wedding clients who have a ceremony at Willowdale Estate. In the two hours before the ceremony the wedding party gathers to get ready, and relax, start documenting the day through photos, and sometimes even exchange gifts before the processional begins. We love these behind-the-scenes photos showing what happens before they walk down the aisle and I think you will too!

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Date: July 8th, 2016
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Tips For Dining Etiquette

Have you ever gone to a formal event and were unsure of the proper dining etiquette? Read our tips and learn how to avoid common mistakes!

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Date: July 1st, 2016
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