Starved Rock Lodge, home to one of the region’s top dining destinations, is teaming up with master winemakers at August Hill Winery to host an exciting new event. The inaugural August Hill Wine Dinner, scheduled for April 6 at the Lodge’s historic wood-clad restaurant, will see viticulture experts from Utica’s August Hill work with resort chefs to curate an exclusive four-course meal and experience of wine tasting.
The decadent four-course menu will begin with strawberry bruschetta, prepared with toasted French bread, whipped mascarpone and freshly sliced strawberries, topped with a blueberry balsamic glaze. The dish will be accompanied by August Hill’s Chambourcin Rosé, a light, off-dry rosé wine made from Chambourcin grapes grown in Illinois – with notes of apricot, clove, cream soda to orange and violet. The wine’s lively acidity makes it refreshing and pleasant to drink, a perfect pairing for this starter.
The second course will feature a Wedge Salad, a gluten-free dish made with iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, smoked goat cheese, grated red onions and toasted pistachios, topped with a caramelized lemon vinaigrette. The salad will be accompanied by Starved Rock Bubbly, an effervescent bubbly option specially designed for Starved Rock Lodge by August Hill. The Lodge is the only place where you can taste this exclusive grape variety.
For the evening entree, diners will have two excellent choices: an 8-ounce Manhattan steak or an 8-ounce grilled salmon. They are served with salsa verde, roasted corn relish and a microgreens salad. Both options will be accompanied by August Hill’s Norton, a medium-bodied dry red wine made from premium Norton grapes. The wine has characteristics of blueberry pie, black raspberry and cedar. Norton is an excellent match with a variety of foods thanks to soft tannins and a nice acidity.
The fourth and last service will tempt you with a Chocolate Caramel Almond Tart, made up of a tart base, an almond caramel and a chocolate ganache. The dessert will be accompanied by August Hill Winery’s Red Letter, a medium-bodied, medium-dry red wine with notes of blackberries, nuts and mocha. It comes from a blend of grapes, and the aging in American oak enhances the flavors and aromas. This is a rare opportunity to taste the product in small quantities that goes perfectly with dark chocolate.
Starved Rock Lodge is one of Illinois’ premier lodging destinations for those who want to enjoy hiking, outdoor adventure, history, and architectural landmarks. Within the Lodge, you will find a historic ambience in the Lodge Restaurant, where the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Unwind and relax in the indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, or stop by the Back Door Lounge to refuel before a hike or cool down with a locally brewed craft beer. Choose a hotel room in the Lodge or one of the log cabins. Either way, you’ll wake up refreshed by the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Located in the heart of downtown Utica, August Hill’s sophisticated tasting room offers a selection of award-winning locally produced wines. Best of all, the sparkling wine line is produced with grapes grown on an expansive vineyard within Starved Rock Country. Enjoy a glass of August Hill’s award-winning Berlyn Red, share a wine flight on its beautiful terrace, or purchase a case of wine to share with friends and family. Check out the August Hill Events Calendar for a full list of live musical performances, special mimosa events, and interactive classes.
Seating for the special dinner is limited and advance reservations are required. To check availability, visit starvedrocklodge.com/events.