Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wayne's Perfect Day in Durham

We welcome our new General Manager and Events Director, Wayne Hobbs, to The King's Daughter's Inn Family! While is a new resident to Durham he is no stranger to what this city has to offer. He has traveled the world for his opera career and has visited and enjoyed Durham for many years. He is an Excellent resource for all things dining and culture here in Durham. With his extensive knowledge of the Durham area, we decided to ask him what an ideal day in Durham for him would look like: 

Wayne picked Parker and Otis as his perfect breakfast choice. This South Duke Street gem specializes in breakfast and lunch with a gourmet shop attached so you can sample all the best candies, wines, cheeses & snacks North Carolina has to offer. 

For an early afternoon walk, Wayne choose the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. These 55-acre public botanical gardens are perfect for appreciating all the beauty of nature and seeing the colorful autumn leaves.

For lunch, Wayne said that he would make a true southern classic, a Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich. 

Wayne chose Revolution for pre-dinner drinks. This contemporary hotspot is known for creative cocktails and delicious food. Vibrant drinks made with infused liquors, such as the Pink Peppercorn infused gin used in the Pink Salt and Pepper,  are a wonderful start to a night out.

Piedmont was chosen as Wayne’s dinner destination. This innovative take on North Carolina’s regional cuisine is accomplished by working with local farms and using the best produce in the area.  Shown above is Piedmont's fall salad of local vegetables, benne seed crisp, lettuce-tarragon purée, shaved Chapel Hill Creamery "Calvander," dijon vinaigrette
The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is the perfect place to see world class theatre and performers. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera will be at DPAC till Oct. 19th.  Fun Fact: Wayne took on the role of Piangi in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Wayne is an avid fan of the performing arts so finishing the evening at DPAC completes his perfect Durham day.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Flavors in Durham!

 Autumn has officially arrived! It is the perfect time to put on those sweaters, watch the leaves change, and enjoy the harvests of fall. There are so many culinary treats to look forward to during fall: Oyster Season, OctoberFest, Apple Cider Donuts, and anything to do with pumpkin! Usually around this time we start making our delicious Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies. This year, we are trying out a new fall cookie--Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Spiced Glaze! Chocolate Gingerbread devotees, don't fret! They will be back in a few weeks as well.


We have also started making Pumpkin Waffles for breakfast here at the Inn so it’s safe to say that we have a case of pumpkin fever. Lots of local restaurants are getting into the spirit as well! If you are looking some amazing seasonal baked goods look no further than Guglhupf Bakery has officially started their Pumpkin Muffin season!

On the savory side of things we have found the perfect way to warm up after a cool fall day at Geer St. Gardens : Pumpkin Soup with Sage Creme Fraiche & Chile Oil. Hungry yet?

From shopping at the Durham Farmer's Market to apple picking, we hope you get a chance to stay with us this fall and experience all of the great seasonal food and activities we have in Durham!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Special Thank You to Our Vendors and Colleagues!

CE RentalsWhat a harmonious relationship the bee and the flower share.
Without nectar, how would our buzzing buddies eat?
And without pollination, how else could a single flower become a field? 

It is easy to view the world as large, an obvious perception. It is far more difficult to remember the minute intricacies that truly churn our daily lives. What if the bee could thank the flower, or the flower thank a bee?  How does one show gratitude for the mutual continuation of life...?

Well, of course, A PARTY!!!

We had incredible vendors flying around our beloved Durham fields this week. The King's Daughters Inn likes to take the opportunity to thank you for your services, your people, your work, and our collaborative effort in creating a beautiful Triangle. We had an incredibly fun evening, with all luxurious amenities accounted for, of course.

We dressed up the hotel for the occasion with linens provided by CE RentalsRocky Top Catering prepared a bevy of delicious morsels. Durham's own Tre Bella arranged our elegant dining room with fresh bouquets. And the icing on the cake? Desserts were by Cary's Details Cake Design (baking out of The Cookery).

Rocky Top HospitalityTre Bella

Details Cake Design

Colin Crossman, The King's Daughters Inn

Last, but not least, what's an event to do without a little spirit?

The King's Daughters Inn poured Colin’s new cocktail, a fabulous hot toddy made with Maker's Mark, honey, lemon and black tea - the buzz for our beloved bees! It was the perfect way to knock off the chill from outdoors.

Thanks to all who came to eat, drink and be merry.  Here’s to a marvelous 2014 for all!