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.
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.
Alongside the experience provided by Lansdowne Resort and Spa, this paid internship provides:
College credit (in accordance with university policies)
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
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.”
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