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LET'S DO BRUNCH

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March 11, 2020 | Veronica Stoddart 

From omelets and Belgian waffles to Scandinavian gravlax and slow roasted Prime Rib, Lansdowne Resort lays out a Sunday spread that delights guests and locals alike.

It’s an irresistible Sunday ritual at Lansdowne’s Riverside Hearth restaurant.

“Brunch is so popular these days”, says Kris Diemar, Director of Food and Beverage at Lansdowne. Described as “sumptuous” by The Washington Post, Lansdowne’s brunch is a star attraction for guests and locals with a focus on creative dishes appealing to a variety of tastes and dietary needs.

The ever-changing spread of more than two dozen dishes is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and laid out in an airy, high-ceilinged dining room whose floor-to-ceiling windows offer golf-course views. Signature dishes include house-cured salmon —which can appear as traditional Scandinavian gravlax with mustard dill sauce or smoked and infused with spices. Staples include mouthwatering made-to-order omelets, a carving station headlined by prime rib, and thick Belgian waffles personally prepared for you that can be topped with warm Vermont maple syrup or whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The seafood bar often features jumbo shrimp, oysters, succulent mini lobster rolls, or seasonable crab. All-you-can-drink mimosas and Bloody Marys can be sipped for an additional charge, and live jazz music is offered on the third Sunday of every month.

Popular brunch items include platters of tempting house-made desserts and moist banana muffins. Farm-to-table offerings include meat, eggs, and honey from local farms. Mini bagels come from the Baguette Republic artisan bakery in nearby Sterling.

Gluten-free options are labeled and include a decadent and delicious flourless chocolate torte. Vegans delight in spiced sweet potatoes paired with Virginia peanuts or arugula and kale with shaved Brussels sprouts from the salad bar. Smoothies are another healthy choice. “We continue to add allergy-friendly dishes and healthy fare to promote wellness”, says Chef Marcus Repp, Director of Culinary Operations.

Lansdowne Resort is also known for lavish holiday brunches, which double the number of offerings. “We had 700 people at Easter last year,” says Repp. They couldn’t resist the Virginia ham and spooned up ice cream sundaes with a choice of more than a dozen toppings. Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas brunches also draw crowds.

“We’ve started theming brunches to other holidays,” Repp says. His team goes all out. For Mardi Gras, brunchers donned multicolored beads and savored slices of New Orleans’ traditional frosted King Cake, while a jazz duo serenaded. Bite-sized pieces of fried alligator were a hit.

Planning for St. Patrick’s Day, Repp didn’t stop at corned beef and cabbage. He enlisted Marc Pauvert, a French master butcher, to prepare fare from a pig raised at a local farm. The feast on the 15th of March will feature Irish-style sausage, pork loin, and pate.

Father’s Day merits its own spread this year. Repp thinks every dad deserves his dining day, and the idea is “a take on a ballpark theme,” he says. That could include grass-fed beef burgers and pork barbecue.

After brunch, temper any indulgence with a short stroll down to the Potomac River. Just loosen that belt first.

For reservations, call 703-729-8400 or use OpenTable.

DREAM WEDDINGS IN THE POTOMAC RIVER VALLEY

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March 3, 2020 | Veronica Stoddart

From sophisticated elegance to customized theme weddings, you can say, “I do,” any way you want at Lansdowne Resort and Spa

Picture your dream-wedding day: the perfect venue in a show-stopping setting, the exquisite food, the gorgeous flowers, and the memorable music. That day can easily become reality at Lansdowne Resort and Spa, thanks to Leslie Eyster, Director of Catering and Conference Planning, and her team of four. Each year they plan and execute about 60 matrimonies in a variety of settings around the resort — for anywhere from 50 to 550 guests.

“We love weddings!” gushes Eyster, as she describes how her team customizes each matrimony to a couple’s wishes. They have created traditional weddings, culturally specific weddings, themed weddings, and more. No fantasy is too extreme, no request too small. Want your special day to pay homage to Harry PotterStar WarsGames of Thrones, or Beauty and the Beast? No problem. They’ve created exactly such themed celebrations. Prefer a nuptial that honors your Jewish, Persian, or Indian heritage? Yep, they’ve done those too. Want to go traditional with elegance and style? You bet. Those are always popular.

They have arranged for brides to arrive in a Cinderella carriage and an elaborately decorated palanquin litter. Grooms have arrived on horseback, atop an elephant, and even in a helicopter. They’ve supplied Harry Potter wands as guest favors, place cards with Cinderella carriages, and themed guest books. They even dangled a wedding cake from the ceiling to fulfill one bride’s (rather unusual) request.

Social media is by far the biggest source of inspiration for most weddings, says Eyster: Pinterest for details and favors and Instagram for the overall theme and look.

When it comes to fixing unexpected problems, Eyster and her team are always at the ready. “I’ve sewed the mother of the bride’s dress when it ripped and I got a banana for a bride to help her calm down because she was so nervous,” she says.

Lansdowne has four primary wedding venues. “Our most popular outdoor spot is the Bridal Terrace, which can accommodate up to 500 guests,” says Eyster. It has stunning views of Lansdowne’s beautifully landscaped grounds in the rolling hills of the Potomac River Valley.

Following the ceremony, you can continue your celebration in one of the three elegant ballrooms. The Clubhouse Ballroom, which holds 200, is located in the Golf Club at Lansdowne. “It’s unique because it is set aside from the main building and gives a rustic country club feeling with windows and a walkout terrace with panoramic views of the mountains and the Potomac River.”

“We’re super excited about the Lansdowne Ballroom, which was recently renovated,” says Eyster of their largest wedding venue, which holds up to 550 guests. “It’s a traditional ballroom with a grand foyer for cocktail hour and access to an outdoor terrace area, too.”

The Terrace Ballroom is the newest venue, geared to more intimate 80-100-person weddings. It also has floor-to-ceiling windows and access to the outdoor terraces. “We host a lot of rehearsal dinners in this space,” says Eyster.

All the ballrooms can serve a variety of meals — from formal plated dinners to more casual buffets and stations. “We’ve had a crab cake station, risotto station, meat carving station, and mashed-potato station,” at some nuptials, says Eyster. The hors d’oeuvres options, alone, number 31. “We also offer late-night bites for after-dinner parties, such as chicken and waffles, which is a hot trend.”

The catering team can easily accommodate special dietary and custom menu requests. For example, “we had a couple that met on the Coffee Meets Bagel Dating App, so that was their late-night snack,” says Eyster. “And we had a groom from Philadelphia who wanted mini cheesesteaks for cocktail hour. For rehearsal dinners, we’ve done everything from luaus and barbecues to comfort food.”

The most popular time of year for weddings is May through October, with October being the busiest month, says Eyster. The normal lead-time is about a year, but if you're a procrastinator, the team has your back. Lansdowne will work with your limited time frame if there’s availability.

“Our biggest selling point is the location and the one-stop-shop,” says Allison Huppert, Catering Sales Manager. “Everything is on property so the wedding party can stay for the weekend and make it a mini-vacation. Most couples will make a weekend stay out of their celebration and Lansdowne includes a complimentary stay the night of the event in their wedding packages.”

Plus, the range of facilities ensures that you and your guests will have plenty to do — from the two lighted tennis courts and three pickleball courts to 45 holes of championship golf in three courses, the pampering spa, and four pools.

Finally, does the happy couple want to end their special day with an explosion of fireworks? How about photos on a romantic bridge? Dream it up, and it’s possible.

GROW WITH LANSDOWNE

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March 1, 2020 | Caroline Hawkins

Looking to gain insightful, meaningful experience within the hospitality industry? Look no further! Lansdowne Resort and Spa is excited to announce hospitality internships for the summer of 2020! Lansdowne Resort and Spa is a unique, independent resort that is the ultimate sanctuary of sophistication and renewal. As a AAA Four Diamond resort with award winning amenities and as an independent resort, Lansdowne Resort and Spa is an ideal location to further your career. We offer the opportunity for voices to be heard, new ideas to be executed, and the freedom for creativity. Lansdowne Resort and Spa is unlike any other resort in the world.

Our leaders at Lansdowne are always engaging their employees. Their goal is to challenge, encouraging employees to take steps above and beyond to further their growth. “We want our interns to grow with Lansdowne”, said Naz Toumadj (Assistant Director of Human Resources), “We want to build them up and prepare them for their careers, but we also hope our interns will come back to us to grow with us further.”

What makes the internship opportunities so unique is the vast amount of one-on-one time that Lansdowne’s interns receive with their direct supervisors/managers, and even the Directors of the resort. “Our interns acquire more quality time with their managers, to ask questions and receive feedback on their performance. We want our interns to be able to know what it’s like to be a manager in a resort, or be a manager in a restaurant. We want our interns to be able to climb to the top in their field by the knowledge gained from this internship”, said Naz.

Lansdowne Resort and Spa is offering two paid internship programs for the Summer of 2020: Food & Beverage and Front of House.

The Front of House internship program offers unique learning experience through in-depth knowledge and experience on the intricacies of running a resort. Interns will be able to put their hospitality knowledge to practical use as they assist in this department. They will also gain insight and learn how their role fits into the greater vision of Lansdowne Resort and Spa. Selected interns will spend their program shadowing Front Office managers and supervisors, attend operational meetings, weekly Banquet Event Order meetings, and learn the ins and outs of the Front Office operation.

The Food & Beverage internship program offers unique learning experience through in-depth knowledge and experience on the intricacies of running a resort on the Food & Beverage side. Interns will be able to put their hospitality knowledge to practical use as they assist in Lansdowne’s restaurant outlets. Interns will gain insight and learn how their role fits into the greater vision of Lansdowne Resort and Spa. Interns will be exposed to our three indoor outlets (Coton & Rye, Riverside Hearth, and Piedmont’s Table) and one outdoor outlet (Poolside Café) within the roles of Server, Bartender (21+), Food Runner, and Host/ess to educate on how to run a restaurant on the management side. The intern will shadow Food and Beverage managers and supervisors, attend operational meetings, and delve deeply into the world of Food and Beverage. 

Internship Benefits

Alongside the experience provided by Lansdowne Resort and Spa, this paid internship provides:

College credit (in accordance with university policies) 
Performance feedback
Professional networking opportunities
Access to the onsite fitness center, indoor pool, and all fitness classes
Employee cafeteria where breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served for $2 per meal
Generous team member discounts in all outlets: such as spa, food, golf, merchandise, rooms, and more!
Discounted Kings Dominion tickets
Capstone Case Study, where interns have the opportunity to exercise strategic thinking, improvisation, and solving skills in a collaborative work effort

Internship Testimonials

Lauren Nickles interned at Lansdowne Resort and Spa over the summer of 2019. As a student at James Madison University, she had a few words to share about her time at Lansdowne Resort.

“My internship at Lansdowne provided me an amazing opportunity to learn about the hospitality industry. I learned so much about hotels and management and was able to apply this knowledge throughout my time. I enjoyed having the ability to customize my experience to my specific career aspirations. Everyone I encountered was willing to help me grow along the way.” -Lauren Nickles

Rhiannon Smith is a recent college graduate from George Mason University who interned with Lansdowne Resort and Spa in the summer of 2019. Here is what she had to say about her internship experience:

“Lansdowne Resort and Spa ensures interns feel like part of the team from the start. Through helpful managers and co-workers who provide a strong platform for interns to lean on, Lansdowne provides a great learning environment. There are many different resources, meetings, panels, etc. that allow for growth as a worker in the industry. I’ve been able to assist my managers and shadow them through management meetings and resort walk-throughs, which have been insightful, additional experiences. At Lansdowne you know that you will learn many new things, work with amazing people, and gain knowledge for a successful future.”

-Rhiannon Smith

We are looking for qualified rising juniors or seniors in college to “Grow with Lansdowne.” If you are interested in pursuing an internship at Lansdowne Resort and Spa, send your application at ww.lansdowneresort.com/careers