The Clay Lunsford Jazz Quartet will play for the Sunday Salon on September 21.
Music starts at 4:00; hors d’oeuvres at 5:00; dinner at 6:00. 336-982-2109 for reservations.

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We have some very special wines for our Italian Wine Dinner on Friday, September 26th.
Please call for information – and the very special menu!

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The 13th Annual New River Blues Festival. River House – August 31st

Labor Day Sunday
August 31, 2014
Gates Open at Noon
Music Starts at 1:00 PM
Festival Ends at 6:00 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine).
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!

 

JOHNNY NEEL, veteran of The Allman Brothers Band, The Dickey Betts Band, and Gov’t Mule, has an impeccable musical pedigree of the highest order. Nashville’s bluesman-keyboard-player-extraordinaire has written songs covered by John Mayall, Delbert McClinton and other legends. His warm, lived in, passionate vocals and his electrifying performance on keys will shake the mountains with exuberant musical energy!
Washington DC’s CHARLIE SAYLES is a phenomenal harmonica player who has invested his music with all the heartache of a foster child, Viet Nam vet, and wandering troubadour. Charlie’s elegant, agile playing and gritty voice won him the attention of The Smithsonian Folklife Festival where he made several apearences with Pete Seeger. This will be one of Sayles’ very rare festival appearences.. So we encourage you to experience while you can this raw, funky, mesmerizing, elusive genius. He will be joined by guitar prodigy Tony Fazio.
PAT “MOTHER BLUES” COHEN is a saucy, scintillating singer who cut her teeth in New Orleans where she reigned as the divine Mama of the blues six nights a week. Mother Blues brings to her performances all the extravagant excitement that defines the effervescent Big Easy. Her irrepressible concerts in the US and abroad have brought her international accolades and renown.
BOO HANKS stands as one of the greatest authentic Piedmont Blues discoveries in many years. Mr. Hanks performs exquisitely in the style of Blind Boy Fuller and is the last keeper-of-the-flame of that historic music. He brings to his performances all the deep experiences and insights of working in the tobacco fields nearly his entire life. Now at the age of 84, Boo’s talents have ripened and matured to their spellbinding height.
THE KING BEES have performed on numerous European festival stages, several times at the prestigious Lincoln Center, and in Mississippi juke joints. Guitarist, keyboardist Hound Dog Baskerville and bassist, singer, song writer Queen Bee Zamagni formed the band 28 years ago. Over the years they forged important musical relationships with many blues greats and have toured with BB King and Bo Diddley. Hound Dog Baskerville is a NATIONAL BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE ARTIST. They produce New River Blues Festival with Donovan Murray as an homage to the real-deal artists who created this most wonderful of American music and who generously share their extraordinary gifts. THE KING BEES will be joined by special friends.

 

 

September 7th – Wayne Henderson and Helen White

 

Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His instruments are coveted worldwide and he sports a long waiting list for his guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Sponsored through the National Council for Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, Office of Arts America, European World of Bluegrass, Chet Atkins International Appreciation Society and numerous individual venues, Wayne has toured broadly in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. His lightening fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends and neighbors in this musically rich corner where Southwest Virginia meets Northwest North Carolina. His repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies and a few swing and rockabilly standards. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor in its seventy-seven year history.

 

A singer, fiddler, guitarist and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Wayne in the U.S. and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects as well as a Booklist honored recording of original songs for children. Helen is the founder and served as regional director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from program inception in February of 2000 to June of 2013. This renowned program serves students in 25 mountain counties in Virginia, North and South Carolina introducing them to their musical heritage through small group instruction in the instruments and music common to the region.

 

Both Wayne and Helen are frequent instructors at major traditional music camps across the country.

 

 

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river house inn ashe county ncPianist/Guitarist Aaron Price accompanying Poet Caleb Beissert’s readings of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Aaron Price and Caleb Beissert provide an afternoon’s salon. Aaron is no stranger to the Riverhouse, having performed here since 1994. He will add a musical backdrop on piano and guitar to the poetry reading of Washington DC native Caleb Beissert. 

Caleb’s translations of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca’s works have garnered international attention and culminated in the release of his book, Beautiful: Translations from The Spanish, published by New Native Press in 2013.

The Price/Beissert program weaves enchanting music into these and other timeless works, including the poetry of Rumi, Hafez, Whitman, beat poetry, ad Beissert’s original works as well.

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river house inn ashe county ncThe August 3rd Sunday Salon will present Singer-Guitarist Dave Parsons. His Southern Rock/Classic Country show begins at 4:00. Please call 336-982-2109 to reserve.

 

Sunday Salons at the River House Inn on the New River are patterned on the famous international “salons” of the past; featuring musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, book signings, art displays and literary and historical discussions, followed by dinner. If you can’t make dinner, you’re welcome to stop by for the entertainment in the North Carolina mountains and a libation with hors d’oeuvre! But please call to reserve.

 

Sunday afternoons on the front porch

 

Music from 4pm until 6pm

 

Hors d’oeuvre passed at 5pm

 

Four Course Chef’s Selection Menu seating at 6pm

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River House Winefest

The 12th Annual River House Winefest is July 19 – 12 Noon to 5:00 pm.

Wineries:
Biltmore Estate Winery
RayLen Vineyards
Grassy Creek Vineyard
Rag Apple Lassie
Round Peak Vineyards
Hanover Park
Elkin Creek Vineyard
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
Flint Hill Vineyards
Jones vonDrehle Vineyards

Music:
Wayne Henderson and Helen White
The Clay Lunsford Jazz Quartet
The Ardmores

Artisans:
Craven Handbuilt Porcelain
Walnut Hill Crafts
Shannon Boyd Glass
Clay Vessels and Jewelry by Sarah Greene
Goat Cheese by Daddy’s Girl Dairy
Wooden Bowls by Shawn

Non-Profits:
Ashe Chamber
National Committee for the New River
Ashe Humane Society
Imagination Ashe

Tickets are $50 plus 6.75% tax
Tasting glass
Unlimited tastings from 10 wineries
Music
Door prizes
Lunch

View this years poster here!

page-photo-115952Dave Desmelik is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical focus is on original compositions. What attracts listeners to Desmelik’s tunes, old and new, is the element of authenticity incorporated in them. There is no sugar coating involved. His songs are not wrapped in false smiles, rather they are stark and open and tend to settle on the pulse of everyday life. An unclosed and evolving journal of thoughts set to music and melodies in prose and instrumental performance. Desmelik was born and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA, but has traveled and lived in a multitude of landscapes. He currently resides in Brevard, NC. He was an original member of Onus B. Johnson, a successful band based in Flagstaff, AZ in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This band was on the front wave of jamgrass while maintaining the passion for songwriting. Today, Desmelik continues to pursue an ascending path as a solo artist. More info on his website: http://www.davedesmelik.com.

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house-11Chef Bill Klein began his training at age 21 working at River House.  Given his dedication, his skills and his extraordinary palate, Gayle encouraged him to broaden his culinary horizons.  So he left River House and embarked on a journey of discovery that has led him full circle.

First stop: the New England Culinary School in Vermont, where he earned his culinary arts degree and spent time cooking with Madeleine Kamman.  A world-renowned chef, restaurateur and author of The Making of a Cook, she sparked Bill’s interest in methods of traditional French cooking.  To become expert in French cooking, of course, demands training in France, so Bill went abroad to work with some of the best.

His teachers read like a Who’s Who of French cuisine, owners of two and three star Michelin rated establishments:Chefs Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, twins who had just been named the best new chefs in France at Le Jardin des Sens in Montpelier; Chef Antoine Westermann, who has held the highest Michelin rating for more than 25 years at Restaurant Buerehiesel in Strasbourg; and Chef Didier Clement, at Le Grand Hotel de Lion d’Or in Romantin.

Bill returned to the United States after a year, but his training was far from finished.  Gary Danko recruited him for the opening of Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco, which the James Beard Foundation named the best new restaurant in America that year, 1999.  Bill was part of the team that prepared the James Beard Foundation Dinner in New York.  Then Bill then went to work for Ron Siegel, the first American to win the Iron Chef competition.  They revamped a struggling San Francisco restaurant called Masa’s, which, within months, won the coveted four-star designation by San Francisco restaurant critic Michael Bauer.

With this amazing tutelage, Bill became the Executive Chef of Fig Bistro in Asheville, a restaurant that was a true reflection of his style and talent.  After 6 years, he left Fig to work a short stint at The Biltmore and has now returned, once again, to take the reigns of the wonderful kitchen at River House.  The classes offered here are intended to give the students a “taste” of the knowledge, techniques, and skills needed to make food amazing.  We are pleased to be able to offer this special opportunity for you to peer into the mind and spirit of an incredibly talented chef and to share in the culinary delights that are a part of the magic of River House.

River House Inn & Restaurant, Le Grand Hotel de Lion d’Or, Le Jardin des Sens, Restaurant Buerehiesel, Gary Danko, Masa,’s Fig Bistro, Biltmore Estate Bistro, and full circle, River House Inn & Restaurant.

Topical Seminars (1/2 day):    Seminars are designed to cover very specific culinary concepts and teach techniques for execution.  They are intended to be short, focused courses for individuals really interested in learning chef’s techniques.  Chef will host Seminars on Mondays (March through May) that cover different functions within a professional kitchen including: saucier (stocks & sauces), grillardin (grilling), friturier (frying), poissonier (fish & seafood), potager (soups), legumier (vegetables), patissier (pastry & desserts), and boucher (butchery).

Cost is $100/person (Maximum 5): includes the class & lunch.  Offered on Mondays: April 7, 21, 28 & May 5, 12, 19, 2014.  Will offer March, April, & May 2015.                                          

Garde Manger Package:        The term “garde manger” (French for “keeper of the food”) originated in pre-Revolutionary France.  At that time, maintaining a large supply of food and beverage was an outward symbol of power, wealth and status.  It is because of this duty of supervising the preserving of food and managing its utilization that many interpret the term “garde manger.” Modern garde manger can refer to a station that is generally an entry level cooking position within a restaurant.  This package will give the participant the chance to work with chef on menu planning, recipe preparation and execution, and incorporates demonstrations, recipe knowledge, and development of basic techniques.

Cost is $300/person or $480/couple and includes an overnight stay, breakfast, the class, and the culminating dinner.  $50/person additional dinner guests (excludes tax, tip & alcohol)  Courses are available on Wednesdays: April 9, 23, 30, May 7, 21, 28, Sept 3, 10, & Nov 5, 12, 19 of 2014.  Maximum 2 participants.

Apprentie Chef Package:       The Apprentie or Apprentice is someone who wishes to gain theoretical and practical training in school and work-experience in the kitchen. There are many core technical components that a chef utilizes to create a memorable meal. This package will give the participant an opportunity to work closely with the chef on menu development, technical execution of core components like stocks & sauces, daily planning, preparation, and cooking for service. Incorporating demonstrations, recipe knowledge, and hands-on experience, the participants will be engaged in 3 days of service giving them a comprehensive insight into being a chef.

Cost is $650/person or $960/couple and includes 3 overnights, breakfasts, the class, and culminating dinners. Maximum 4 participants.

Course dates for 2014:  September 15, 16, 17         

Course dates for 2015:  March 16, 17, 18 & Sept 14, 15, 16

To sign up for culinary courses, please contact us by email: jeng@skybest.com
More info at http://riverhousenc.com/cooking_classes.html!

We look forward to hearing from you.
Gayle Winston, Inn-keeper
Jennifer Gordon, Manager
Bill Klein, Chef

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