Friday, May 11, 2018

New Life for the Old Fuel Station

As you may have seen on a recent drive by the Madonna Inn, our Tesla charging station is complete! Now, hotel guests and visitors passing through San Luis Obispo can charge their Tesla automobiles at our charging station free of charge.



The completed Tesla installation comprises the first half of our electric vehicle charging station build-out. A separate bank of non-Tesla EV chargers is projected to be finished within the next year - catering to the many patrons who want to refuel their electric vehicles whilst enjoying a slice of cake or a glass of Madonna Inn wine! 


These EV chargers give new life to an area of our property that, while once a bustling Union 76 gas station, has recently not been much more than an auxiliary parking lot. Who would have guessed that the "old" fuel station would come into its own once again in the new millennium?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Feelin' Saucy

After an extended reprieve, our beloved Pick & Shovel Barbecue Sauce is available for purchase once again! 


While our bottled sauce has seen a few different logos throughout the years, our house recipe - created by the late Winnifred, "Winnie" Erwin, one of Madonna Inn's most beloved head chefs - has remained the same for over 50 years.



Look for our bottled Pick & Shovel Barbecue Sauce in our gourmet shop and (coming soon) on our online store. And, of course, make sure to ask your server for a side of this magical stuff the next time you're enjoying some crispy french fries, a hearty Beef Dip sandwich, or succulent fried chicken!  

Friday, February 9, 2018

"I need a writer!"


One of the best parts about enjoying a Madonna Inn cake for a special event is seeing your personal message inscribed beautifully across the top. And, although a skilled cake decorator makes writing in frosting appear effortless, creating these messages (referred to as "writers" in the bakery) takes a lot of skill.





It is actually quite often that the bakery receives requests for writers after our bakery staff has gone home, at which point one is likely to hear "I need a writer!" reverberating through the bakery and kitchen corridors. In such moments it is our hosts and hostesses, wait staff, and even back office staff that are depended on to grab a pastry bag and put their piping skills to the test! Recently, I was able to catch Katie, one of our Copper Cafe hostesses, completing a writer for a special order. As you can see, she was poised and prepared to answer the call.


I have personally gotten to create a last-minute writer and can attest to the difficulty involved in crafting these delicate embellishments. Even as someone who's always been proud of her penmanship, I was quite humbled by my questionable final product. When writing in frosting is harder than it looks, thank goodness for multi-talented staff members with a steady hand and some artistic flair, to boot!