Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gratitude is Sweet

With a chill in the air, puddles on the ground, and a bustling restaurant, kitchen, and bakery, the spirit of the holidays feels especially robust today at the Inn.

It is remarkable how much passion goes into our holiday preparations. I am continually impressed by the volume of food our team produces, as well as the enthusiasm and fun they have while making it all happen. The Madonna Inn could not be or do what it does without the multitude of talented, dedicated individuals working tirelessly behind the scenes. 

As I enjoy a slice of Madonna Inn pumpkin pie tomorrow evening, I will smile knowing how much love and hard work went into every bite. Cheers to a joyous Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Online Bakery Ordering!

After hours of data input, countless calls and emails to our web developers, multiple days of baked good photo shoots, and months of editing and perfecting... we are proud to introduce our online bakery ordering storefront - complete with pictures and detailed descriptions for all of our delicious offerings!

You can now conveniently order your favorite Madonna Inn baked goods (for in-store pick up) from the comfort of your keyboard. We think this new offering is great for people who want to browse all our fabulous cakes, pies, breads, and cookies; and is also a wonderful time saver during the holiday rush. And if, at the end of the day, you're the type of person that just likes talking to someone over the phone - fear not - we are still taking bakery orders the old fashioned way!

While our online ordering is for items that are only available for in-store pick up, we invite you to continue ordering our world-famous Cinnamon Pull-Aparts, Danish Pastries, and Freshly-Baked Cookies, along with Moonstruck Chocolates, for delivery in the United States via our online store.

Happy Shopping :) 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Wine Room Decades in the Making

Be it red, white, sparkling, or rose; there's nothing quite like a perfectly chilled glass of wine. And for a true connoisseur, "temperatured" wines are not just a luxury but a  near-necessity.

After about a year of planning and construction, we have finally unveiled our stunning new wine room. This beautiful addition has not only enhanced our (already) stellar wine list, but has also become the forever home for some vintage Enkeboll wooden carvings that were procured by Mr. and Mrs. Madonna years ago.

Until the beginning of the wine room construction, these intricate pieces which depict various stages of the wine making process - from harvest to pressing to fermentation to tasting - had been sitting idly in storage since the mid-80s, when they were purchased from Mr. Enkeboll's Southern California production facility.

Clif Bartlet, who served as the lead craftsman for this project, designed and constructed the wine room's wooden accents around the Enkeboll pieces - which now adorn the ceiling.

The next time you find yourself at the Inn, make sure to wander through the Steakhouse and to the dance floor so you can see the wine room for yourself (and maybe even enjoy a cool glass of your favorite vintage while you're at it!)


Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Stroll Through the Garden

Sometimes after lunch I like to take an easy, meandering walk around the Inn to get some fresh air and enjoy a little bit of quiet time.

Today I found myself in the Secret Garden, and couldn't help but share some photos I captured of the lush herbs and produce, beautiful shade trees and bright thickets of flowers.

Indeed, it was the perfect place to spend a few peaceful moments with myself.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Vintage Postcards

This week's post (another throwback Thursday) is brought to you by Dianna Jones Simons of San Diego, who recently sent us some vintage MI postcards via snail mail.

While I have seen many of these photos online, I rarely see them in such great condition - much less hold them in my hands!

Enjoy :)

Highway 101 and Madonna Road

Daisy Mae - Room 138

Cabin Still - Room 133

Country Gentleman - Room 108

Fleur De Lis - Room 212

Currier & Ives - Room 176

Time of Your Life - Room 102

Old English - Room 211

Round - Room 166

Highway Suite - Room 145

Sugar & Spice - Room 151

San Francisco - Room 121

Austrian Suite - Room 160

Vouz - Room 169

Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steakhouse

Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge

Vintage Bakery Bag

Thank you again, Dianna. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

For the Love of Bread Sticks

My second cousin, Rob, shared a wonderful family throwback with me today after lunch. In it, my Great Aunt Laverne, Great Uncle Bob, Grandma Phyllis, and Grandpa Alex are shown enjoying a meal together. On the back of the photo, " Dinner in San Francisco, 1949," is written in a faded, blue cursive.

At first glance, I was a little shocked by the fact that Grandpa appeared to be smoking. I'd never known him to smoke or drink - apart from a Hot Toddy if he was really, really sick - so to see him holding what appeared to be a cigar was puzzling.

After a closer inspection of the photo, however, I realized the object in his hand was merely... a bread stick! While it was well-known that he abstained from tobacco, drugs, and alcohol throughout the course of his life, Grandpa was a notoriously passionate foodie.

As a true lover of food, myself, I totally get it; and I don't think I would have put down my bread stick for the photo op either.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Truffled Fingerling Potatoes

This heavenly new appetizer is the epitome of savory, gourmet-comfort-food goodness. (Yes, I may have just invented a thing called gourmet-comfort-food.)

Golden fingerling potatoes are baked and smashed, then flash fried in hot oil. Once out of the fryer, they are drizzled in a sumptuous white truffle oil, sprinkled with sea salt, and finished with grated Parmesan and parsley. These potatoes are crisp and crunchy on the outside, yet smooth and creamy on the inside - with the perfect amount of rich truffle essence. One whiff and I feel as though my feet have left the ground!