Spotlight on Gramercy’s Caterers

March 26th, 2014

One of the key elements for a memorable event, whether a wedding, birthday party, bridal shower or corporate mixer, is professional catering.  Your guests will arrive hungry… our exclusive caterers please the most discerning palates and make sure everyone leaves with a smile on their face.  Professional and courteous catering staff and specialists attend to every detail for a seamless event.  Sit back, relax and be a guest at your own party.

Chef’s Expressions Catering
Chef’s Expressions brings creativity, passion, and excellence to each and every event. Their team’s attention to detail and dedication to each event’s success has led them to be named “National Catering Company of the Year,” and “Maryland’s Caterer of the Year” among many other prestigious awards.

In addition to creating client experiences, Chef’s Expressions donates time, food, and services to support the community. In 2011, they were honored as the Business Philanthropy Award Winner from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.The culinary program endeavors to keep ingredients local and sustainable, supporting farmers and producers from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

In 2012, Chef’s Expressions became a Certified Green Caterer, taking numerous steps to improve sustainability in catering operations including developing a full recycling program, composting food waste, and saving oil for use in bio-diesel.

Linwoods
Linwoods continues to be one of Baltimore’s top catering companies striving to bring its customers fresh and creative cuisine and fine service.  Linwoods is recognized year after year by Baltimore Magazine (Baltimore Magazine “Gold Medal Winner” for Best Restaurants of 2014), Zagat Guide as one of the city’s best restaurants, and receiving awards for catering by The Knot and Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award.

In addition to delicious cuisine, style and service, Linwoods Catering offers clients expertise and experience.  This comes from over 20 years of catering events. Their goal is to make clients happy and relaxed, to provide special menus tailored to their style and within their price range.

Sascha’s

Sascha Wolhandler has been a highly respected caterer in and around Baltimore for the last 20 years, providing imaginative ideas and attentive service, not to mention amazing food. Sascha is known in the film industry as a premier set food stylist in the Baltimore area. The catering team at Sascha’s first and most sincere concern is to make you feel comfortable while planning your wedding or special event.   After listening to your thoughts and vision for a special celebration, they work to create a mood and atmosphere for the day that reflects you.

Creative menu design and presentation sets Sascha’s apart, creating a distinctive element of warmth and style.  By offering flexibility and professionalism, Sascha’s truly creates seamless, custom events of any kind.

Happy Girl Scout Week!

March 13th, 2014

Happy Girl Scout Week!  Our owner Anne Pomykala has been a huge supporter of the Girl Scouts, creating and leading the Washington DC area’s largest senior troop in the 1970′s and earning the Girl Scout’s highest volunteer award.  Check out these fun photos of her troop after a caving adventure in the mid-70′s!  #Throwback Thursday #tbt

Raspberry Swirl Cake Recipe

March 5th, 2014

Bill whipped up another mouthwatering creation today, filling the kitchen with an absolutely delicious smell. You too can bake this beautiful raspberry swirl cake with the recipe below:

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs
2 ½ cups white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup orange juice
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 12oz can SOLO raspberry cake and pastry filling

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Grease and dust with sugar a 13” x 9” pan.
3) Mix flour, eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt, vegetable oil, orange juice and vanilla until well blended. The batter will be fairly stiff.
4) Pour batter into the prepared pan.
5) Spoon raspberry filling gently onto the top of the batter and swirl with a dull knife.
6) Bake at 350 degrees for 60-80 minutes.
7) Let cake cool in pan.

Enjoy!

Open House Fun at 1840s Plaza

February 26th, 2014

The beautiful spring-like weather last weekend (I know, hard to remember beneath the blanket of snow this morning!) was the perfect setting for a gorgeous bridal open house at our sister property, 1840s Plaza.  Here at Gramercy Mansion, we were lucky enough to be at this popular open house along with other favorite Maryland wedding vendors.  We work with some of these vendors often including Francesca’s Bridal, a featured bridal salon at our upcoming bridal tea and beauty workshop, Dance Masters Entertainment, Kyle Bergner Photography, Kindly RSVP Designs and Antares Musicians.

We work with many Baltimore-area event professionals in addition to those above to make your wedding as delightful as possible.  Check out a complete list of our recommended vendors here.

Winter Restaurant Week is Here!

February 19th, 2014
Oregon Grille

The Oregon Grille

The tastiest week of winter has arrived!  If the snow kept you tucked in last week, celebrate with your Valentine this week at one of Baltimore’s best restaurants.  Three-course restaurant week dinner menus are available at $20 and $30 and two-course lunch and brunch menus at $10 and $15.  You can’t beat a deal like that!  Visit AbsolutelyFebulous.com for a list of all participating restaurants.

Baltimore is truly a culinary mecca boasting a wide variety of local and International cuisine.  Whether you’re a foodie or planning a special occasion dinner, you’re sure to find something to please your palate.  Check out a few of Gramercy Mansion‘s innkeepers’ favorite Baltimore restaurants on the Restaurant Week radar this week.

The Oregon Grille - It’s unanimous around here… this is the place to go for a romantic dinner in our neck of the woods (just a 10-minute drive north of Gramercy Mansion in Maryland’s scenic horse country).  Dry-aged steaks, fine grilled fare and an extensive wine list – all served in an elegant historic stone farm house.  Visit again in the spring and dine al fresco in the charming garden courtyard.

Sascha’s Café – Located in the fun and eclectic Mt. Vernon neighborhood footsteps from Center Stage Theatre, Sascha’s menu features creative American cuisine infused with global inspiration.  Bill’s favorite is the fried chicken and Amanda likes the chopped salad.  Enjoy a tasty dinner then take in a show for a fun night out.

The Food Market – On the Avenue in Hampden, this contemporary hot spot features decadent comfort food with flair.  Dinner is served nightly and brunch on weekends and free valet parking is available – a major plus for this busy neighborhood.  While we have not yet dined here, we’ve heard amazing things and it’s on our must-try list… so add two to your reservation, please! Or let us know about your visit.

Valentine’s Day Adventures for Two

February 10th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is always surrounded with hype and high standards when you have that special someone in your life. Here are some fun ideas for you and your love this Valentine’s Day weekend.

  • Lunch/Dinner Cruise (Spirit Cruises) - Spend your day or evening out on the water with champagne, roses and a meal. Reservations for 2/14-2/16 can be made online at http://www.spiritcruisesbaltimore.com/Baltimore/valentinesday or you can call 1-866-312-2469.
  • Symphony: Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) - Enjoy a beautiful performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” with your sweetie on Feb 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available. More information can be found at http://www.bsomusic.org/main.taf?p=1,1,1,3&PerfNo=11747.
  • Dinner for Two (The Milton Inn) - A four-course meal, which can include anything from filet Chesapeake or seafood martini, is what The Milton Inn offers for Valentine’s Day Weekend (2/14-2/15). $90 per person, which includes dessert, as well. Reservations can be made at http://www.opentable.com/milton-inn-reservations-sparks?rid=5313&restref=5313.
  • Ice Skating (Reisterstown Sportsplex) - Spend a romantic evening with your love ice-skating, holding hands and reminiscing at the Reisterstown Sportsplex. Public skating prices are $8 for nights, weekends and holidays and $4 for skate rental. Hours can be found at http://www.rtownsports.com/public_skating.htm.
  • Fishing for Love (Baltimore Aquarium) - On Feb. 15, the Baltimore Aquarium is holding a “Fishing for Love” event specifically for adults (21 and older), which includes live music, an open bar, exhibits free of crowds, and a complimentary glass of champagne. Tickets are $69 for member couples and $99 for non-member couples. You can buy tickets and find out more information at http://aqua.org/love.
  • Couples Massage (Spa Lounge) - Relax and enjoy a night of massages, snacks and wine with your special someone with the “You and Me=The Best” event at Spa Lounge. Call 410-427-9556 or email spalounge12@gmail.com to book this special evening. Find out more information at http://www.spa-lounge.org/Valentines-Day.html.
  • Couples Owl Prowl (Carrie Murray Nature Center) - A unique experience for any couple who loves the outdoors. Enjoy a night hike learning about owls with marshmallow roasting and hot chocolate on Feb. 14 starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are just $10 per couple. More information can be found by calling 410-396-0808 or by visiting the website: http://www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org/.

Although Gramercy Mansion is booked for Valentine’s Day weekend, you don’t need a holiday to celebrate your love! Take advantage of our winter rates and surprise your sweetie with a mid-week escape or an extended stay over President’s day weekend to Gramercy Mansion. Every day is Valentine’s Day for those in love.

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop

January 29th, 2014

Save the date for an exclusive

Bridal Tea and Beauty Workshop at Gramercy Mansion!

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Join us for Francesca’s Bridal designer gowns, advice for choosing the perfect wedding dress for your body type, wedding day make-up and hair demonstrations by Up Do’s For I Do’s, and an elegant 4-course afternoon tea by Sascha’s Catering.  Bring your bridal party, best friends, family and future in-laws for a fun and informative afternoon!

Feel free to stick around after tea for tours of the Mansion and Carriage House.  Our innkeepers are happy to answer questions about the wedding and special event venues and check availability.

$50 per person plus tax and gratuity.

$40 per person plus tax and gratuity for groups of 6 or more!

By reservation only, payment required in advance. For reservations, call 410-486-2405.

Valentine Afternoon Tea

January 22nd, 2014

Gramercy Mansion

Sunday, February 16, 2014

1-3 p.m.

$40 per person

plus tax & gratuity

Call 410-486-2405 for reservations.

Surprise your sweetie or share a fun afternoon with your favorite ladies!  A delicious four-course afternoon tea, delightful conversation, crackling fireplaces…

what better way to spend a day.

First Course

Leek and Onion Tart

Dried Cherry Scones served with lemon curd, raspberry jam and clotted cream

Second Course

Caviar and Egg Salad Tartlets

Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese Rounds

Smoked Salmon with Dill on Pumpernickel

Third Course

Goat Cheese and Pesto Torte served with Flatbreads

Smoked Turkey on Orange Muffins

Fresh Strawberries with Sweetened Creme Fraiche

Fourth Course

Lemon Squares

Miniature Cheesecakes

Chocolate Squares

Served with

A variety of English and herbal teas

Tea menu prepared by Sascha’s Catering

and presented by the innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion.

Holiday Happenings

December 11th, 2013

Planning a visit to our neck of the woods this holiday season?  There is so much fun to be had locally.

Check out some of our favorite festive spots…

Shops at Kenilworth – Visit this nearby neighborhood shopping center to enjoy the charming holiday train display, visit with Santa and shop a variety of boutiques with unqiue finds perfect for everyone on your list.

Fire Museum of Maryland – Watch antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way past Baltimore neighborhoods, the Zoo, Gwyn Oaks Amusement Park and the Viaduct.  Open Saturdays, Nov. 30 – Dec. 21 and Dec. 26 — 29, 2013 10 – 4 pm.

Wine Country Christmas at Boordy Vineyards – Saturdays through 12/21/13

Celebration at the StationGreenspring Station – 12/14/13, 2 – 5 p.m.

A Modern Holiday Soiree will take place at Green Spring Station. Enjoy samples of holiday food while learning how to create your own ornaments. Children will surely be entertained with the help of Santa, a hot chocolate bar, and mini DIY crafts.

S’mores, Stars & the Winter Solstice – 12/13/13, 6 – 8 p.m.

Make a decorative wreath from natural materials such as pine, spruce, and holly. Inside the ranger station, we’ll have everything you need to make a masterpiece and brave the cold—including hot chocolate, cookies, and holiday tunes!  Ages 5 and up.

Please call 410-887-4156 or email releeparkrp@baltimorecountymd.gov to register.


Fire & Ice at Night /Christmas Tree Judging - 12/13/13, 6 – 9 p.m.

View the ice sculptures located around Downtown Towson! There will also be street performers, free roasted chestnuts, Christmas tree judging and s’mores offered by area restaurants. See www.towsonchamber.com for a map of ice sculptures or just come to Downtown Towson! Rain Date is December 20th


Ladew Gardens: Christmas Through the Ages – 12/13 – 12/15

Charge: Members are Free; Adults $10; Seniors & Students $8; Children (12 & under) $2

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Ladew Gardens will celebrate Christmas in seasonal resplendence as local floral designers and Garden Clubs are invited to decorate the rooms of the circa 1747 Manor House, adorning the walls, tabletops and fireplace mantels in festive holiday splendor. Now in its 33rd year, Ladew’s Christmas Open House has been called “one of Maryland’s most memorable and decorative holiday events.” The weekend festivities feature live seasonal music performed by Maryland school children and other accomplished instrumentalists. Visitors to the Christmas Open House are also invited to enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies, as well as an exceptional Greens Sale featuring hand-crafted fresh holiday decorations — wreaths, table arrangements and decorations — lovingly created through the generosity of volunteers and design professionals.


Christmas Open House at Basignani Winery – 12/14 – 12/15

Charge: $20

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Christmas time is a very special time of year at Basignani Winery. Visit the north Baltimore County winery and its annual celebration of the Tuscan Christmas. Experience an Italian Christmas as Basignani transforms the tasting room and piazza into a little piece of Tuscany. Taste the wines and try some seasonal Tuscan Christmas treats. Tickets are $20 per person and include select wine tasting, brick oven pizza, treats, live music, and a premium Riedel glass to take home. Don’t miss Basignani’s newest Port wine – Sinistra. It will keep you warm this holiday season

Holidays at Hampton….a Yuletide Celebration 12/13 – 12/15/13

Free

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Get into the holiday spirit early with “Holidays at Hampton” where the public can celebrate the season at Hampton National Historic Site. Visitors will experience two-centuries of holiday traditions at Towson’s only National Park – all of the festivities are free and open to the public. Special evening tours, antique cars, period crafts, musical & dance performances, African American storytelling and unique holiday shopping in the Museum Shop are just part of the revelries taking place during the “Holidays at Hampton” Yuletide weekend of Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15, 2013.  This year, “Holidays at Hampton” highlights another one of the historic periods of this National Park: the Jazz-Age “Roaring Twenties” and 1930s.


Helicon’s 28th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts – 12/21/13,  3:30 PM

Charge: $20-$30 (group and children discounts)

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The Baltimore-based trio, Helicon (Chris Norman, Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock). Internationally renowned traditional folk musicians–Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, hammered mbira); Norman (wooden flutes, tin whistle, small pipes, piano); Bullock (guitar, cittern, mandolin, piano)-play a unique blend of seasonal music from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia, Canada, Europe, Africa & the Far East–a great way for families to kick off the holiday season with an extremely energetic performance.

Kolodner’s son, Brad, will join the fun as a guest on clawhammer banjo, fiddle & vocals (a recent winner of a national banjo contest, Strathmore Hall Artist in Residence, WAMU DJ).  Also special guests modern dancer Marlys Norman (Chris Norman’s daughter & Peabody faculty member), North American Irish step-dance champion Jonathan Srour , Scottish National Fiddle Champion Elke Baker & bassist Alex Lacquement (Eastman School of Music).  Helicon celebrates the release of Ken & Brad’s new recording “Skipping Rocks” and re-release of Helicon’s Winter Solstice CD.

Christmas Open House at Basignani Winery 12/14 – 12/15/13

Charge: $20

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Christmas time is a very special time of year at Basignani Winery. Visit the north Baltimore County winery and its annual celebration of the Tuscan Christmas. Experience an Italian Christmas as Basignani transforms the tasting room and piazza into a little piece of Tuscany. Taste the wines and try some seasonal Tuscan Christmas treats. Tickets are $20 per person and include select wine tasting, brick oven pizza, treats, live music, and a premium Riedel glass to take home. Don’t miss Basignani’s newest Port wine – Sinistra. It will keep you warm this holiday season!

Holiday Lights & Displays

34th Street, Hampden – A Baltimore tradition!  Visit this charming neighborhood to enjoy a true glimpse of Charm City’s holiday spirit.

Valley View Farms - Local garden center bedecked in spectacular fashion with thousands of unique ornaments and holiday decorations for sale.

Holiday Gift Sale!

November 25th, 2013

Looking for a unique present for someone special this holiday season?  Visit the Past and Present Shop at Gramercy Mansion to browse Anne’s treasures.  This coming Saturday has been deemed “Small Business Saturday” and we’re excited to open our doors to the public from 12 – 4 p.m. for an exclusive holiday gift sale.  All sale items throughout the Mansion will be 10% off the sticker price.

  • Thomas Kinkade and Lenox holiday collectibles
  • Antique English Wedgewood
  • Chinese and Japanese porcelain
  • German steins
  • Madame Alexander dolls
  • Mexican pottery
  • Crystal punch bowls with serving cups
  • Tea sets
  • Contemporary sculptures
  • Framed art prints