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.
Comments? Email me: Michelle-at-InterlakenInn.com
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Bed, Bath and Beyond & Celebrity Chef, Fabio Viviani
Kristy Barto, Sales Manager at Interlaken, has some fun to share - take it away Kris!
Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of working with employees of one of my favorite stores to shop in, Bed, Bath and Beyond! We hosted the vendor showcase in our beautiful Garden Pavilion where products were featured from Dyson, Kitchen Aid, and Calphalon. The highlight of the vendor showcase was a demonstration presented by Chef Fabio Viviani using Bialetti Aeternum ceramic cookware. Not only was Chef Viviani engaging and humorous but this line of cookware which he endorses is incredible and it can only be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond! After the demonstration the group enjoyed our Backyard BBQ on the lawn and each received a sample of the Bialetti cookware.
After a morning of demonstrations, followed by lunch, the group divided up into teams and we facilitated Interlaken’s Radical Race as their team building activity. All 80 people set off across our 30 acres for two hours of tasks such as a blind wine tasting, a culinary activity, the Helium Stick activity and of course the “Human Knot”.
All in all it was another example of Interlaken’s versatility and ability to suit many different corporate needs.
Meet 'n' Greet Lakeside!
I promise not to blog every week about our Meet 'n' Greet that happens every Wednesdsay from 5pm for our Guests as well as local businesses, but this week was super fun as we held it Lakeside! I mean, who doesn't want to stand next to sparkling water with a tasty cocktail and yummy hdo's in hand and meet other nice people? Another great turn-out, thank you!
Our peaceful stroll to the lakefront...
Our destination. So pretty!
Something else "so pretty" - fresh Watermelon Mojitos. And I mean fresh!
Enjoy our manchego cheese or Rhode Island shrimp lettuce wraps.
Mingling inches from the water...
Remember, Guests, every Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm!
Blanketing the front of our main building is this beautiful perennial known as Astilbe. Available in many shades of pinks from very dark to very pale to lavender to a bright red as well as white, this fern-like foliage plant is a shade loving plant and is just thriving in our main building garden. Sit on your private balcony and enjoy the garden view!
Pet of the Week
Hi, my name is Basil, (Ch. Buonaire's Pesto.) I met my new Mom and Dad in December. They were happy to have me because they lost their beloved Airedale in August and I came to them because I heard they like to spoil their dogs. I love new things and I went with them to the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, CT. The Interlaken was so happy to meet me. They welcomed me and my family with a sign in the lobby. Then Winston came out from behind the desk to meet me and everyone was gathering around me making a fuss. Hmm, I was a little overwhelmed, but every day everyone greeted me and I warmed up just fine.
My Mom showed me the ropes by walking around the beautiful grounds at the Interlaken and we looked at all of the beautiful flowers and wonderful sculptures by Denis Curtiss. She took lots of pictures. We went for so many long walks on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail where I saw a big hairy thing called an alpaca and I heard peacocks (whatever they are) but I did not see them. They took me for walks in Great Barrington and Salisbury and they kept coming out with bags and boxes. The even bought some things for me.
My Mom tried to get me to do something new. She put these funny shoes on and put a loooooong leash on me. She went into this big body of water called a lake and convinced me to follow her. I did not like it much so I "froze." Mom said I did great and said next time I would be more willing to do more, like maybe go up to my elbows. I got out and then we sat by the lake and watched a bunch of people from a school doing a team building exercise organized by the Interlaken Inn. That was a lot of fun. The humans did some funny things trying to make rafts that had to go into the lake and hold 2 people to row out to a canoe and then back. This looks like a great thing for team building. Maybe if my mom and I made a raft I would have liked the lake more!
My parents said something about how nice it was to see Brenda during the breakfast in the newly decorated breakfast room. Then every night they said how delicious the dinners were at Morgan's and how Eric and Brandon and Wes and everyone at Morgan's are wonderful. They loved these things called apple fritters and grilled asparagus and beets and Morgan burgers and strip steak and the chicken and the special little rolls..boy they made me hungry when they would come back from their meals and talk about their breakfast or dinner. They even made something special for my Mom and made her Birthday special.
This going on vacation with my parents was fun. And with all of the places to go to nearby and people to meet at the Inn it kept us busy. No naps during the day made me very tired and we had a very nice pet friendly room in Sunnyside. The Interlaken gave us really nice comfy beds and let me tell you...I slept like a puppy. I had my toys to play with and there was a fridge in the room and kept my food cold.
I can't wait for them to take me away to Interlaken again. I rate it 4 PAWS UP!
Here's another series in the blog - "What's New"! This blog will be an easy one as there is always something new at Interlaken! This week it is invitation for our Manager's Cocktail party:
Dear Interlaken Guests,
You are cordially invited to attend our "Meet & Greet" every Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm at the Interlaken Inn. This week please join us in our restaurant, Morgan's, for some cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and meet the Interlaken staff as well as other Guests. Each week we'll choose a different location on property so by the end of the summer you'll have been around all of our 30 acres! See you then!
The Interlaken Staff
This week was a great turn-out! We were able to meet some local business members as well as some Interlaken Guests who loved talking about their Corvettes and racing at the Lime Rock Park. Wes served up some tasty Rhubarb Martinis and John passed around some hdo's, including duck terrine with cracked mustard and gherkins. Next week we plan to be Lakeside so be sure to save us an hour that afternoon. See you then!
This is Cornus Florida - also known as Flowering Dogwood. It is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae and is native to eastern North America. These deciduous trees can grow up to 33 feet high, and usually are wider than they are tall when they are mature. Our dogwood tree is certainly not 33 feet high, but one that cannot go unnoticed at our pool garden. It is gorgeous! If you were at the Inn last week you would have noticed an arrangement in our lobby that also had dogwood stems, and that sure made a statement as well. Before you take that refreshing dip in our outdoor heated pool take a moment to admire the flowering dogwood!
When we say - "We have worked the past decade to source out the best ingredients from our area and translate them to your plate. Whether it is our local vegetable purveyors, grass fed ranchers, cheese makers, or our own kitchen garden, we have our fingers on the pulse of the Berkshires" - we mean it!
This is the basis of my "What's Local" blog each week this summer - to share with you a local ingredient on our dinner menu, from where it is from to the health benefits of that item. Like me, it may introduce you to a new item, one you've heard of but never sure of, or one of your old favorites. Here is an item on our current Morgan's dinner menu:
"Roasted Natural Chicken Breast, Wild Foraged Watercress, Roasted Potatoes, Spring Herb Oil"
Which ingredient is local? Actually, more than one item in this dish is local, but I am going to focus on the "Wild Foraged Watercress". I'll be honest as to say I wasn't sure what "foraged" meant so just in case there are others wondering it means 'searching for and exploiting food resources.' Chef Scimeca has watercress growing all over his property at Scimeca Farm, and he happiliy "forages" for it in his streams and brings it to the Interlaken kitchen. (For any of you who know Brandon you can certainly picture him doing this!)
Watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables eaten by humans, and contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, iodine, and folic acid, in addition to both Vitamin A and C.
Weekly Summer Series
Next week I'll be kicking off the weekly summer blog series! I've got some hot topics that I'll talk about every week, such as "What's Local" "What's blooming" "What's New" and "Pet of the Week". There is always something local on our menu in Morgan's, there is always something pretty blooming in our gardens, there is always a happy pet staying with us, and there is always something NEW happening at Interlaken. These 4 topics will keep me blogging practically daily right through the end of summer. Oh and I should probably slip in something about weekly weddings too! Anyway, first up, and one of my favorite topics: "What's local"!
I received these three Guest Feedback emails in a row this afternoon and just had to share.
“As always”, it’s a pleasure to stay there.
“As always”, our stay was very pleasant and we thank you. The restaurant staff was particularly helpful and courteous. Looking forward to visiting with you again this summer, Labor Day weekend.
“As always” the accommodations were excellent. The staff was courteous and welcoming. The room was clean. A pleasant stay all in all.
John, Jeff and Bill - “as always” - THANK YOU! We so appreciate that you continue to choose to stay at Interlaken.
Eat your leafy greens.
You read and hear that everywhere. Yes, we all know it is important to get our daily doses of the green stuff, but maybe you just don't like it. It tastes bland, like lawn clippings or weeds (not that you've tasted either of those...) It just doesn't taste good at all to you. I completely understand that, but I think I've got a way for you to get a top-rated green into your diet in an extremely pleasant way. It requires you to visit Morgan's rsetaurant just once to try it, and chances are you will never look at this top-rated green the same way again.
Local Honeycrisp Apple and Heirloom Kale Salad, Pecorino Vinaigrette, Black Olive Crunch
We don't disguise the true flavor of Kale, we enhance it. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C and rich in calcium, so it's definitely a real good green to get into your diet as much as possible. This simple salad is my always chosen starter when I dine in Morgan's, and sometimes it is all I have. It's delicious and I encourage you to try it and tell me what you think!
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