Monthly Archives : October 2014

The 2014 Gran Fondo: A Homecoming

Saturday, October 25, 2014 will go down as one of the most rewarding and enjoyable days of my life. Having opened Hotel Domestique and Restaurant 17 late last summer, last year’s event was more of a kick-off, an introduction of things to come. With a full year under our belts it was a whole different experience this year, as we were able to share this pivotal moment in time with friends and family—not only from the Upstate area, but from all over the country and world. It was deeply gratifying for both me and Rich.

Along the home stretch
At one point during the ride, as we were rounding a climb with the view of the mountains (that are every bit as scenic and awe-inspiring as the countryside in Italy and France) I remember thinking to myself how fortunate we are to live here. To be able to start a family here in this area, to work here, and become part of this great community has truly been a blessing. The memories we made, not only this day, but over the course of the past year, have been something I will treasure the rest of my life. I look forward to the year ahead, creating new memories with family and friends, on the road and at the Hotel and Restaurant. It’s home after all.

Thank you all for making the Gran Fondo Weekend so special this year!


See the 2014 Gran Fondo Gallery

2014 Gran Fondo: Looking forward to a peak experience

Everything is coming together perfectly for the 2014 Gran Fondo this weekend (Oct. 25). The fall leaves are peaking. The weather’s going to be ideal. And lots of friends, family, and fellow cycling enthusiasts will be on hand for what promises to be an epic weekend in the Carolina Mountains. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since we unofficially kicked off the hotel and restaurant at the 2013 Gran Fondo. It’s been a busy and rewarding 12 months, and now that the time has come again it gives me great pride and pleasure to be a part of this weekend.

Making memories on the bike and off
Rich and I have always had a fondness for this area: the mild year-round weather, the natural beauty of the countryside, the winding mountain roads—it’s why we chose to make this place our home. One of our goals for Hotel Domestique and Restaurant 17 was to create a place that people could visit and feel at home themselves. We love to be able to share these experiences, like the Gran Fondo, with the many people we have either grown up with, or grown close to over the years. My hope is that we will continue to draw more and more people each year that not only appreciate the sport of cycling, but enjoy making memories with their loved ones in this beautiful region. That is what this ride is all about.

Hope to see you this weekend!


A Celebration of Good Taste

At Restaurant 17, Chef Adam Cooke and his award-winning culinary team believe food should be a celebration of the fresh bounty the land provides. On Tuesday, November 4, Chef Adam will be preparing an inspiring array of pastured meats and poultry dishes from Bethel Trail Farms—a sustainable, family-owned farm from Gray Court, S.C. In addition, Andrew Rich will be pairing distinctive wines that are sourced from the fruit of select vineyards in Oregon and Washington. It promises to be an evening of good times and good taste. Hope to see you there.

November 4 at 7 pm
$65* pp for 5 Courses with Wine Pairings
Reservations required. Seating is limited.

Call soon for reservations. 864.516.1715

Bethel Trails Farm is owned by the Ellis Family and operated as a sustainable farm specializing in pastured meat and poultry. As a member of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Bethel Trails Farm supports the concept of local, sustainable farming which is beneficial for the economy as well as the environment. For more information visit:

Andrew Rich has been crafting distinctive wines in his adopted state of Oregon since 1995. Before launching his own label twenty years ago, Andrew trained in Burgundy, France and then under legendary vintner and fellow Rhône specialist Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon Vineyards. Andrew’s focus is on Rhône-style wines including Syrah, Roussanne, and Mourvedre. For more information about Andrew Rich visit:

*Tax and gratuities not included.


Local Apple Salad with Fried Rabbit Liver Bon Bons, Honey, Mustard Seeds and Fried Chicken Skins, Bitter Lettuces

Paired with 2011 Andrew Rich, Roussane, Columbia Valley, Washington

Pheasant, Sage and Sourdough Pain Perdu, Charred Apple, Sour Apple Demi

Paired with 2011 Andrew Rich, ‘Prelude’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Lamb Agnolotti, Local Beets, Orange, Sherry and Fromage Blanc

Paired with 2011 Andrew Rich, ‘Coup d’Etat’ Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington

Crepinette and Pork Belly, Grilled Brocoli Rabe, Pickled Chili’s, Red Wine Currant Puree, Smoked Cippolini Onion

Paired with 2010 Andrew Rich, ‘Prometheus’ Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington

Challah Bread Sticky Pudding, Cherries, Vanilla Custard and Cocoa Crumble

Paired with 2012 Andrew Rich, ‘Verbatim’ Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Orego