Pairing Our Gardens with Biltmore White Wines

Spring weather calls for white wines

As the season changes to spring, it’s natural to move from Biltmore’s heartier red wines you enjoyed during the colder winter months to our lighter and more refreshing white wines.

Celebrate spring by entertaining outdoors with Biltmore white wines

Think outside the house

From patios to picnics to pool parties, Spencer Knight, Winery Tours Supervisor, offers this basic tip on serving and appreciating wine outdoors in spring:

“Just follow the ‘20-Minute Rule’,” said Spencer. “Remove white wine from the refrigerator 20–30 minutes prior to serving so the flavor profile has a chance to expand. During warmer weather, it’s also a good idea to return open wine bottles to a container of ice and water between refills, especially if you’re entertaining outside.”

Biltmore White Wine & Garden Pairings
 

Bottle of Biltmore white wine

Biltmore white wines are perfect by the glass or bottle

Biltmore’s beautiful gardens all have distinct “personalities” that we’ve playfully paired with our wines—plus suggestions for enjoying our wines with your favorite flavors. This spring, we encourage you to get to know our white wines in the great outdoors. Choose the one that best suits your mood, or try them all!

Diana at Biltmore

This elegant site overlooking Biltmore House offers a classic setting that calls to mind our outstanding sparkling wines. Brighten any special occasion with our Pas de Deux Moscatohandcrafted in traditional méthode champenoise to create fine, tiny bubbles, this aromatic semi-sweet sparkler features the essence of orange blossom and flavors of wild strawberry and lemon. Enjoy with fresh fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, or cheesecake. 

View of Biltmore House from Diana at Biltmore

Temple of Diana overlooking Biltmore House

Shrub Garden

Savor the beauty of Biltmore’s Shrub Garden—a picture-perfect pairing for Biltmore Estate Riesling as the wine’s fresh and fragrant style is reminiscent of early-blooming spring shrubs. Beautifully balanced with sweet apricot aromas, light honey flavors, and a crisp finish, our Riesling makes a surprisingly savory companion to spicy Thai dishes as well as fruity desserts.

Shrub garden in bloom at Biltmore

Colorful blooms in the Shrub Garden

Walled Garden

Stroll the paths of this grand garden and enjoy the sun-warmed stone walls that enfold you with tradition, much like the classic taste of our Biltmore Estate Chardonnay. Smooth and balanced with subtle floral aromas, crisp fruit flavors, and hints of oak, our Chardonnay shines when served with favorites including chicken and grilled vegetables, pasta with cream sauce, and even hard-to-pair fare like squash dishes.

White wisteria in Biltmore's Walled Garden

 White wisteria blooming in the Walled Garden

Rose Garden

Our rambling rose garden is a perfect match for our Biltmore Reserve North Carolina Rosé 2018. Crafted from select North Carolina Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, our pretty-in-pink rosé blossoms with beautiful color, layered aromas, and flavors of red berries, tropical fruits, and a hint of spice. Enjoy with cheese plates and pizza.

Biltmore's historic rose garden and Conservatory

Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden in front of the Conservatory 

Azalea Garden

The informal feel and bright colors of the Azalea Garden make it a natural match for our fragrant and food-friendly Biltmore Spring Release White Wine. Handcrafted to capture the essence of the season, this is the perfect wine for warmer weather and picnics. You can also spice up spring by pairing it with zesty sausage and Indian food!

Azalea garden at Biltmore

Azaleas blooming in late spring

Purchase Biltmore wines today

Whether you’re stocking up on favorite varietals or trying new ones, you can purchase Biltmore wines on the estate, online, or close to home through our Retailer Locator.

Experience Biltmore Blooms in 2019

When winter finally loosens its grip to make way for spring, you know Biltmore Blooms can’t be far behind!

Bringing the outdoors in with Biltmore Blooms

From the earliest flowering shrubs and vivid tulips in our historic gardens to the glorious progression of color along the Approach Road, we’ve been delighting guests with our annual celebration of the season for more than three decades.

The splendid spring show isn’t limited to the outdoors, however; our floral displays team brings the outside inside with beautiful arrangements throughout Biltmore House and across the estate.

Breakfast Room floral arrangement

A lovely floral arrangement highlights the Breakfast Room table

Welcoming the return of spring

“For Biltmore Blooms we create florals that reflect not only the welcome return of spring, but they also showcase the scale and grandeur of America’s Largest Home®,” said Lizzie Borchers, floral displays manager. “This year, we’ve also designed arrangements that enhance our guests’ experience of A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age.” 

According to archival notes and records, the Vanderbilts frequently entertained family and friends at Biltmore House in the early 1900s. It is that love of gatherings and celebrations that inspired A Vanderbilt House Party—an exhibition that took more than two years to plan and carry out.

Opera singer mannequin and floral arrangement in Biltmore House Organ Loft

Overlooking the Banquet Hall, a mannequin of opera singer Elizabeth Mayo Dodge shares the Organ Loft with a stunning floral arrangment  

Gracious hospitality

“Because George and Edith Vanderbilt were such gracious hosts, we believe they would have wanted something amazing right at the Front Door to make their guests feel special,” said Lizzie, “so we started with a grand floral display for the Vestibule.”

For the Banquet Hall, which you’ll see at the end of your tour during A Vanderbilt House Party, Lizzie and her team designed an exceptional spring showpiece for the formal table that is set as it would have been for an evening dinner party.

Flower arrangement in the Library of Biltmore House

Flowering spring shrubs add movement to more traditional arrangements

Adding native plants

Throughout the house, there are plenty of beautiful and traditional cut flowers including roses and lilies, but many arrangements incorporate plants that are native to Western North Carolina such as rhododendron, viburnum, and japonica—all of which might have been used during the Vanderbilt era.

Orchids in the Salon

Orchids in pots and Wardian cases add layers of floral interest to the Salon

Bringing it all together

“Using botanical materials that flourish on the estate this time of year is a perfect way to highlight both Biltmore Blooms and A Vanderbilt House Party,” Lizzie said. “In addition, we’ve been able to open the Winter Garden this year, allowing our guests to walk through that amazing space, just as if they were guests of the Vanderbilts. Enjoy all the color we’ve added to this ‘indoor jungle’ for the season—it’s full of bright begonias, crotons, orchids, and anthuriums, which symbolize hospitality!”

Biltmore Blooms floral arrangement in Vestibule
Don’t miss a moment this spring!

Experience all the excitement of Biltmore Blooms now through May 24 and A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age, which continues through May 27. Both events are included with your daytime admission to Biltmore.

— Featured image: Vivid florals for Biltmore Blooms
— Left inset image: Grand arrangement in the Entry Hall of Biltmore House
 

Dinner is Served

The Banquet Hall table in Biltmore House has been set for dinner. Won’t you join us?

For the first time in many years, the 40-foot-long table in the Banquet Hall is set with its full Gilded-Age finery, as it was when George and Edith Vanderbilt entertained their guests in Biltmore House. 

Bread plate on Banquet Hall table.

Set for our new exhibition, A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age, the table is adorned with the Vanderbilt family’s stunning Baccarat crystal, monogrammed Spode china, silver, candelabra, and linen damask napkins. Sumptuous and elaborate floral designs fill the table, assembled in multi-tiered silver pieces.“Dinner at the turn of the last century was an important form of social interaction,” said Darren Poupore, Biltmore’s chief curator. “A dinner party was an opportunity to see and be seen and to practice the art of conversation. Dining etiquette had become formalized to the highest degree, with strict rules that dictated elegant manners and proper behavior.”

During A Vanderbilt House Party, the table is set for a seven-course meal for 18 guests based on an actual meal served in the great hall in 1904. A single place setting for one person contains 18 pieces, with a place card displaying the guest’s name written by hand. Add to that salt cellars, salt spoons, multiple serving trays, and bread baskets. Depending on the number of food courses, a guest would sit down at the dinner table and see as many as 40 pieces of porcelain, crystal, and silver that he/she would use throughout the various courses of the meal.

Each place setting on the Banquet Hall Table includes: 
• 1 dinner plate 
• 4 forks – 1 each for the entrée, roast, fish and game courses 
• 3 knives – 1 each for the entrée, roast and fish courses 
• 1 soup spoon 
• 6 glasses – a glass for sherry, claret, champagne, burgundy, a hock glass and a tumbler for water
• 1 napkin 
• 1 piece of bread inside the napkin 
• 1 place card 

Also on the table: 
• 8 salt cellars
• 8 salt spoons
• 4 salvers (serving tray)
• 5 tazzas (serving dish with pedestal)
• 9 baskets
• 4 candelabra
• 1 tablecloth
• 1 epergne (tiered serving piece)

Guests would linger for hours over dinner and engage in conversation. Each received an assigned seat, as arranged by Mrs. Vanderbilt earlier in the day. Our archives tell us she always placed Mr. Vanderbilt and herself at the center of the table opposite of each other. She would seat the male and female guests of honor to the right of the host and hostess. Making sure to follow proper etiquette of alternating ladies and gentlemen, she then seated the rest of the party. 

Now through May 27, 2019, you’ll have your chance to experience A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age. Receive the custom Exhibition Audio Guided Tour for FREE when you purchase estate admission tickets online. 
 

Wonderful Ways to Host A Summer White Party

For many years, well-known fashion and entertainment celebrities have been hosting elegant “white parties” each summer in New York’s stylish Hamptons neighborhood. Featuring all-white clothing and décor, these iconic events are a celebration of all things warm weather-related and summer-worthy—including wines! 

Ready to host your own summer white party? Biltmore Wines and Biltmore For Your Home have teamed up with some hot tips for a cool time!

Summer white wine party at Biltmore

Guests enjoying a wine-themed party outdoors

Choose your location

“We recommend choosing your location first, as that really sets the tone for the party,” said Jill Whitfield, Wine Marketing Manager. “An outdoor location is ideal, but make sure you have a back-up plan for weather and plenty of shade and other conveniences for your guests.”

Tip: Gardens and patios with easy access to the indoors makes for a great party, and hosting your event poolside makes a big splash!

Glasses of Biltmore white wine with picnic

White wines pair perfectly with summer picnics

Wonderful white wines

“It’s not a summer white party without white wines,” Jill said, “and Biltmore wines include wonderful options from still to sparkling.”

Tip: Offer flights of whites for your guests to taste and enjoy. The following Biltmore wine flights are listed in our recommended tasting order from lighter styles to those with more body.

Dry white flight: Biltmore Estate Pinot Grigio, Biltmore Estate Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc, Biltmore Estate Chardonnay, and Biltmore Reserve North Carolina Chardonnay.
Sweet white flight: Biltmore Estate Limited Release Gewürztraminer, Biltmore Estate Limited Release Muscat Canelli, Century Sweet White, Biltmore Estate Limited Release Chenin Blanc.
Sparkling white flight: Biltmore Estate Brut, Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs, Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs, Biltmore Estate Blanc de Noir.

Biltmore For Your Home Artisan Collection serveware

Biltmore For Your Home Artisan Serveware Collection

White-themed decor

According to Holly Clark, Marketing Manager, Biltmore For Your Home, it’s easy to make the most of white-themed décor with estate-inspired offerings from our licensed partners.

“The pieces from our Artisan Serveware Collection by Belk feature light-colored acacia wood and marble, making a great style statement that’s wonderfully functional, too,” Holly said.

Tip: Start with our Artisan White Marble Pastry Board to create a serving station or a centerpiece foundation for florals. Pair our Artisan White Marble Coasters with any of the wine flights above, then use our Artisan Acacia and Marble Oval Cheese Board to serve a selection of delicious cheeses that complement the wines—elegant and easy! Bonus: The light wood of our Artisan Acacia Salad Bowl and Salad Claws won’t clash with your white theme, so go ahead and serve in style. 

Friends toasting with Biltmore sparkling wineCheers to your wonderful summer white party!

Keep it simple

Once you’ve chosen your location, selected wines, and styled your décor, what’s left? Invite friends and family to join you for a wonderful summer celebration!

Tip: Keep the party kid-friendly with plenty of Biltmore Sparkling Grape Juice!

Featured blog image: Glasses of Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay North Carolina   

Take Flight Now with Vertical Vintages!

In 2018, Biltmore Wines was very excited to offer a rare opportunity exclusively to our Vanderbilt Wine Club® members: the chance to experience a true vertical tasting of our Vanderbilt Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. While the wines were available, Wine Club members could purchase this particular Pinot Noir in its 2012, 2013, and 2014 vintages!

What is a vertical flight and why is it so unusual?

Three glasses of red wine

Horizontal flights

Most wine flights are horizontal, meaning that you’re tasting several wines (often three or more) that are similar in nature (think “flight of geese” or “flight of stairs” and you’ll see how the name refers to a collection of similar things). This is a great way to learn more about wines in general and to discover interesting differences that you might not notice otherwise.

Vertical flights

What happens, then, when a flight goes vertical? That’s a very different type of tasting, and one that doesn’t happen every day.

Biltmore red wine being poured into a glass

For a vertical flight, you’ll be tasting three or more wines of the same varietal from the same maker in a series of different but close or sequential vintages. From varietal to vineyard to winemaker, the vintage is the only variable. Here are some of the things you can expect to experience:

  • Taste the obvious effects of how the wine matures over time
  • Note subtle differences made by the year’s weather in which the varietal was grown
  • Understand how aging affects the color, aromas, and flavors of the wine, and how it becomes more smooth as tannins and acidity decrease

Friends toasting with red wineHosting a vertical flight

A vertical flight is an exciting way to experience the terroir of a vineyard, the skill of the winemaker, and the characteristics of the varietal over time. It’s also a fun way for a small group of friends to learn more about a particular varietal together, so consider hosting a vertical tasting in one of two ways:

Youngest to oldest (most common vertical flight tasting style):

  • Discover the evolution of aging in a natural progression
  • Experience the varietal from a simpler, youngerphase to a more mature and complex one 

Oldest to youngest (more unusual; offers different insights): 

  • Learn how decreasing levels of alcohol, acidity, and tannins in more mature wines affect your tasting experience
  • Keep your palate fresher longer by tasting younger wines last

Glasses of red wineJoin the club!

Ready to enjoy exclusive offers available only to our Vanderbilt Wine Club® members, such as receiving three hand-selected vintages each season, a dedicated section of Biltmore's Winery, and members-only events? Become a Wine Club member today, or give someone special a gift membership!

Labor of Love: Cathy Barnhardt Looks Back on 40 Years of Christmas at Biltmore

Now in its fourth decade, Christmas at Biltmore has become a beloved annual tradition for both staff and guests of Biltmore. It is a holiday experience like no other, with more than 50 hand-decorated and styled Christmas trees gracing America’s Largest Home®—including the traditional 35-foot Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall—plus hundreds of wreaths, thousands of lights, and miles of garland that extend across the estate.

Cathy Barnhardt decorating for Christmas at BiltmoreChristmas at Biltmore

The celebration wasn’t always this elaborate—just ask Cathy Barnhardt, Floral Displays Manager. When she came to work for the estate 40 years ago, Christmas at Biltmore had happened exactly one time before. As part of her job she was asked to “do Christmas,” which amounted to decorating five trees inside Biltmore House.

“I went to work at Biltmore straight out of college, and I didn’t know much about Christmas decorating or Gilded Age décor,” Cathy recalled. “For my first Christmas here, my mom and I sat at a card table and made paper ornaments to hang on the trees!”

Design boards to help set the tone and mood of Christmas at BiltmoreMaking a change

After planning 40 and implementing 39 holiday seasons at Biltmore, Cathy retired this year. Developing and shaping the Floral Displays program at Biltmore has been her life’s work, and she leaves an indelible stamp across the estate, embodying Biltmore’s gracious hospitality with four decades of creative and elegant designs.

This year’s holiday theme is “A Vanderbilt Christmas,” a fitting finish to Cathy’s career because she always starts her planning with Vanderbilt stories. 

“As a child growing up in New York, George Vanderbilt loved Christmas, and his journals reflect how his holidays were centered around traditions and family,” said Cathy. “And the fact he chose to open Biltmore to family at Christmas 1895, even though the house wasn’t completely finished, tells us how much he loved this season.”

The Library fireplace during Candlelight Christmas Evenings at BiltmoreCandlelight Christmas Evenings

As night falls over Biltmore, Cathy also loves to see Biltmore House begin to glow with candlelight and firelight, changing the mood and the experience. Candlelight Christmas Evenings allow guests to step back in time, experiencing the estate more like Vanderbilt’s guests did that first Christmas Eve 1895. On the Front Lawn, a lit 55-foot Norway spruce surrounded by 20 illuminated evergreens—70,000 lights in all—sets the tone. Soft luminaries line the walkway to the house.

“We started doing Candlelight in response to guests’ requests. At that time, we were only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights,” Cathy explained. “We would work during the day and be at Candlelight at night. I was one of the candle lighters and got to listen to the musicians. Our guests loved it from the beginning.”

Through the years, the small gap between daytime and Candlelight Christmas Evenings remains one of Cathy’s favorite times. “The first evening I take a 30-minute break and simply walk through Biltmore House. It’s quiet, and I see all the planning come together and really look at decorations through our guests’ eyes,” she said. “I have loved that!”

Cathy Barnhardt and her team choosing a Banquet Hall Christmas treeLeaving a legacy

“When I started there were only 50 employees, now we have more than 2,000,” Cathy said. 

Her team of seven full-time designers and 10 reserve staff members will continue Biltmore’s incredible decorating heritage, and she has full confidence in them.

“All these folks are awesome, creative people and great designers. Many of them have been here for 15–20 years! I’ve been blessed to work with them, and I will miss them,” said Cathy. “But what a wonderful opportunity this has been for someone like me who loves art and history and flowers!”

Decorative elements for Christmas at BiltmoreVisit tips

Christmas at Biltmore can be a lot to take in, especially for first-time visitors, so Cathy advises guests to start with the daytime experience, and then come back for Candlelight Christmas Evenings

Featured images
— Main image: Cathy Barnhardt at Biltmore House
— First image: Cathy Barnhardt with
Christmas at Biltmore decorations, ca. 1990
— Second image: Planning boards to help set the tone and mood for
Christmas at Biltmore
— Third image: The Library fireplace lit for Candlelight Christmas Evenings
— Fourth image: Cathy, members of her team, and a staff member from Andrews Nursery in Newland, NC, search for the perfect Banquet Hall Christmas tree
— Fifth image: A selection of ornaments and decorations for
Christmas at Biltmore
 

Pour on the Holiday Cheer with Biltmore Wines!

From traditional feasts and fireside gatherings to heartfelt toasts that mark the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, holiday celebrations bring out the best in us.

Whether you’re visiting friends or welcoming family during this special time of year, we are delighted to share the warmth and cheer of Biltmore Wines with you. We’ve even created a gift-giving guide to help you select the best Biltmore Wines to give based on the person receiving it.

“This guide is based on lifestyles and situations to help guests make decisions on wines they want to give this season,” said Jill Whitfield, Senior Marketing Manager, Biltmore Wines. “We offer recommendations for wine enthusiasts and culinary adventurers, hosts and surprise guests, and even suggestions for perfect wines to complement your Thanksgiving feast.”

Friends toasting with Biltmore wineWine enthusiasts

“For the true wine lover on your list, consider our Biltmore Reserve North Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon, crafted from North Carolina’s finest locally grown grapes,” Jill said. “The recipient will appreciate the chance to taste a local varietal and compare it to their Californian or French favorites.” Wine enthusiasts will also appreciate our Biltmore Estate Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc for its food-friendliness. Bonus: it happens to be Biltmore winemaker Bernard Delille's favorite varietal!

Take a breath: Enthusiasts will appreciate a thoughtful gift such as a Host Wine Aerator that enhances the aroma and taste of wine by allowing it to breathe properly with just the tilt of the bottle.

Biltmore Wassail mix

Culinary adventurers

For those who seek culinary adventures, the dynamic duo of food and wine come together to elevate any dining experience! Our Biltmore Estate Pinot Grigio is a versatile wine that is great with lighter fare such as shellfish and salads, while our earthy Biltmore Estate Sangiovese—a guest favorite at the Winery—is perfect with heartier, fare such as Italian cuisine and herb-driven dishes.

 

Spice it up: Add Biltmore Wassail Spice Blend to any of our red wines to create a delightful seasonal treat for your next gathering.

Biltmore Estate Blanc de Noir sparkling wine

Add some sparkle

Sparkling wines are always welcome, and our Biltmore Estate Blanc de Noir is carefully aged to produce a delightful light pink hue and flavors of cherries and strawberries. It makes a pretty partner for a romantic toast—and it’s hearty enough to pair with your Thanksgiving turkey! 

Tip: Preserve the endless effervescence of our sparkling wines with the gift of a Biltmore Winery Bottle Stopper—once you twist it on, it provides an airtight seal.

 

The Hunt in an Adirondack chair

Sporting life

The Hunt, a robust, Bordeaux-style red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, includes a striking label of an unusual firearm in Biltmore’s collection. “This elegant, complex wine is perfect for anyone who enjoys the sporting life—or fine wines in general,” said Jill. In addition, consider any of the wines from our distinguished Antler Hill collection. The label, drawn from a classic sporting print in the Billiard Room of Biltmore House, makes this wine a special gift for those who appreciate the natural world.

Add-on: Include our handsome Antler Wine Stopper with The Hunt or any Antler Hill wines.

Thanksgiving dinner with Biltmore Wines

Giving thanks

Whether you’ve gathered family and friends around your table or you’re heading across town (or across country) to celebrate the holiday, Thanksgiving is a special time for sharing with those you love. Make the most of the year’s most memorable meal with our Thanksgiving Trio—a thoughtful selection of Biltmore Wines, carefully chosen to pair with everything from traditional fare to dishes with exotic flair!

Enjoy our Biltmore Reserve North Carolina Chardonnay crafted from North Carolina’s finest locally grown grapes (and excellent with creamy mashed potatoes!); Vanderbilt Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir featuring supple fruit flavors that complement your Thanksgiving turkey; and our Biltmore Estate Brut that is perfect with holiday fare or a special toast full of tiny refreshing bubbles.

Bonus: save 20% when you purchase these three wines together at the estate or online.

Christmas at Biltmore wine labelSurprise guests

“Last but not least,” Jill said, “if you’ve ever hosted a holiday gathering where someone arrived with an unexpected guest, then you know it’s always nice to have a little something extra on hand. Our Christmas at Biltmore Wine is a thoughtful gift  that is available as a white or red blend, and the unique label makes  it extra special.”

Better together: Our Italian marble coasters featuring hand-printed Biltmore Wine labels are backed with cork to help protect surfaces.

 

Vanderbilt Wine Club members enjoy their seasonal shipment

Vanderbilt Wine Club membership
Give a year of wine to someone special with a gift membership in our Vanderbilt Wine Club. Members receive three hand-selected Biltmore wines each season, shipped direct to their door and their first club shipment ships free. In addition, members save up to 25% on all wine purchases online or at the estate plus complimentary premium wine tastings and a Behind-the-Scenes Winery Tour & Tasting. 

Farm to Feast

As fall brings a welcome note of cooler weather to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the leaves begin changing into a blaze of glorious reds, golds, and yellows. This is the time to celebrate the harvest and share the bounty of farm and field with friends and family.

For Biltmore, fall changes our focus from the light flavors of summer to an emphasis on heartier fare that warms the chill in the air. Inspired by the estate’s long history of hospitality and the rustic elegance of our farming community, Biltmore’s Artisan Serveware Collection and our charming Textured Ceramic Bakeware help you serve up your savory fall feasts in style!

Artisan Collection Galvanized Tray with Biltmore smoked salmonStart with style

For a no-fuss feast, begin with appetizers served on our Acacia Galvanized Metal Tray—it has flip-down handles for easy storage and its design is sure to earn compliments anytime you use it. Simply add our wild-caught Alaskan Biltmore Smoked Salmon, prepared and smoked with all-natural ingredients, cool some Biltmore Wine in our Vanderbilt Chiller, and let the party begin!

Continue to bring barn-inspired beauty to your table with our Artisan Raw Finish Wire Tray, perfect for your favorite homemade breads and rolls. Complete the look—and the easy entertaining—with the Artisan Galvanized Metal Serving Tray and Bowl.

Savory squash tart in Textured Ceramic BakewareHeavy lifting

Ready for the next course? Prep and serve salads directly from our Artisan Acacia Bowls, or wow your guests with a one-dish wonder in our Textured Ceramic Bakeware (available in Red, White, and Gray). This Savory Butternut Squash Tart from Executive Chef Spencer Hilgeman of Village Social is a great fall or holiday dish that’s sure to please.

Granola Bread Pudding in Textured Ceramic BakewareSweet endings

Finish your feast on a sweet note with our delicious Granola Bread Pudding (shown in Textured Ceramic Bakeware/White) or an array of local cheeses and honey on the Artisan Acacia and Marble Oval Cheeseboard. Whatever you choose, your friends and family will appreciate how effortless you make each gathering!

Feasting at Biltmore

Whether you’re dining on the estate or attending special seasonal feasts like those offered during Taste of Biltmore each fall, we invite you to discover our field-to-table philosophy of fresh, seasonal ingredients that makes our restaurants and events so unique.

Chill, Grill, and Thrill—3 Easy Steps to Summer Entertaining

Summer entertainment at Biltmore was a favorite pastime for the Vanderbilts and their guests. From birthday parties in the Rose Garden to picnics on the grassy slopes of Mt. Pisgah, warm weather offered the perfect excuse to leave formal dining behind and enjoy a gathering in the great outdoors.

Artisan Serveware CollectionInspired by their example, we’ve paired pieces from our Artisan Serveware Collection with three easy “chill, grill, and thrill” steps to simplify your summer entertaining whether you’re in the kitchen, on the deck, by the pool—or wherever your plans take you.

Chill, Grill, and Thrill

1) Chill: First, let’s start with an easy and delicious recipe for Tomatillo Grilled Skirt Steak from our Biltmore chefs. The tomatillo “salsa” doubles as a marinade for the steak, so prepare that first and let the meat chill for 1–3 hours.

2) Grill: place the marinated steak on the grill for about 10 minutes or until it reaches your preferred level of doneness. Remove from heat and place it on our Artisan Acacia Wood Carving Board, allowing it to rest for a few minutes.

Tomatillo Grilled Skirt Steak with heirloom tomatoes3) Thrill: Slice the steak and top with reserved salsa. Garnish with fresh heirloom tomatoes, dressed in lemon juice and olive oil and bring the whole delicious entrée to the table on the cutting board—no need to transfer to another platter. Gather your guests and enjoy the thrill of fresh summer dining done the easy way!

Gingerbread Architecture: Incredible AND Edible!

Ever since The Inn on Biltmore Estate opened in 2001, its Christmas at Biltmore decorations have included a miniature version of the hotel made from gingerbread. This year, however, Pastry Chef Cheryl Brookhouzen changed things up with her Walled Garden-inspired gingerbread Conservatory!

Gingerbread fox builds a snowmanAccording to her co-workers, Chef Brookhouzen’s vision and attention to detail make this gingerbread display truly over-the-top spectacular. Special features include rotating Christmas trees in the front and back, a lighted roof and windows, charming animals, and a host of other miniature touches.

Gingerbread Conservatory at The Inn on Biltmore Estate“We’ve been doing a gingerbread model of The Inn for nearly 15 years, so I thought it was time to try something new,” said Chef Brookhouzen of her design. “I hope that having something so different will delight our guests and make them interested in seeing what we create next year.”

Details of the gingerbread roof at The Inn on Biltmore EstateGingerbread Conservatory Fun Facts

1. The Conservatory was constructed with the help of 11 members of The Inn’s team, from pastry professionals to engineering, banquet, and purchasing services
2. Chef Brookhouzen baked the gingerbread in large slabs before cutting it into the right shapes
3. The display required 175 pounds of gingerbread dough, 160 pounds of powdered sugar, and more than 15 kinds of candy and snacks such as Kit-Kats, M&Ms, Sixlets, Sour Tape, Hershey's chocolate bars, pretzels, old-fashioned candy sticks, mint candies, chocolate bears, chocolate caramel balls, chocolate leaves, lollipop trees, and more*
4. The windows and roof are made of poured isomalt sugar
5. The Conservatory shines with 800 white lights

*An additional 4 pounds of candy was consumed by the builders of the Conservatory!