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Goodbye, Kyle

Jul. 3rd, 2006 | 03:01 pm
mood: distresseddistressed

Our dear friend and co-worker, 18 year old Kyle Moore, was tragically killed in a single car accident yesterday morning as he was on his way to work.

Kyle, his younger sister, and mother are all three part of the Spindletop family, and it hurts us tremendously to lose him. Our hearts go to Cassie and Georgia in this incredibly difficult time.

Kyle was a passionate reader; rarely a day went by that he would not find at least a few minutes to sit down and read a chapter of whatever sci-fi novel he was engrossed in. Kind to the very essence of his being, Kyle was an integral part of our team and family. Losing him is like losing one of our own.

Kyle, not a day will go by at Spindletop that we will not remember you, and miss seeing you. There was a bigger plan for you. Although your time on this planet was short, you touched many people, and will be dearly missed.

Goodbye, my friend.

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The Ellen Show visits Spindletop Hall

May. 22nd, 2006 | 05:25 pm

It's all about the Ellen wedding, starring Alecia and Jerrod Pace.
"The organizers at Spindletop would win in a fight with Martha Stewart."

The good news: The Lexington couple that Ellen DeGeneres Show viewers have come to love were finally married yesterday on the beautiful steps of Spindletop Hall.

The bad news: Every unmarried woman in the crowd will have that ideal in her head when she starts planning her own nuptials.

The wedding of the Jerrod and Alecia Pace was perfect. I'm sure there was plenty of sweat beneath those tuxedos and unsafe doses of hairspray in the dressing rooms, but you'd never know it. Believers in the magic of prom night, the perfect wedding and painless childbirth -- this is proof that you might be right sometimes.

Of course, we can't fit all that perfection into one little newspaper story. So here, we bring you some of what you miss, including more photos from our fantastic new photo intern, Tricia Spaulding.

What you saw in the newspaper: Alecia looked awesome in her ivory Vera Wang gown.

What you didn't see: This gown was top secret. Normally, during an outdoor wedding, people see the bride. She tends to stand out a little. Because she wanted it to be a surprise, Jerrod was left standing at the head of the aisle when a limo pulled up to the other side. Alecia exited the far side and crouched down till it was time for her grand entrance. In a word: Breathtaking. (With buttons down the back.)

What you saw in the newspaper: The couple exchanged rings, platinum for him, platinum and diamonds for her.

What you didn't see: There was a special note in the program which said, "In memory of her paternal grandparents and the love they shared, Alecia is wearing the wedding rings of her grandmother, Edith Whitaker." The new rings from Jacob & Co. are gorgeous, but the old ones make me smile.

What you saw in the newspaper: The ceremony was over by 4 p.m. and the reception lasted till midnight. In that eight hours, you know there was some good cake.

What you didn't see: This cake was like nothing I have ever seen. Its color nearly matched the "cactus green" of the bride's attendants' dresses. It was made by David Dodd, a faculty member at Sullivan University. This is the same man that "designed and produced Her Royal Highness, The Princess Anne's wedding cake and subsequently her children's christening cakes in addition to other assignments at Windsor Castle."

If the cake wasn't enough, there was another option. Jerrod requested (and received) a milkshake bar at the reception.

What you saw in the newspaper: As she walked down the aisle, Alecia screamed, "I'm married!"

What you didn't see: The kiss these two gave each other would never have appeared in any movie. There was no shortage of cameras at this event, but there's no comparison between what you get on TV and what you get when there's real love -- this was a long, real, face-holding, lip-suctioning, sweet-as-pie kiss.

The producers at The Ellen DeGeneres Show are like Santa Claus and Bride magazine all in one. The organizers at Spindletop would win in a fight with Martha Stewart. The families of this couple must be saints. The couple itself is adorable.

The best part: I saw no tears at this wedding. Only joy.

Above from:Jamie Gumbrecht

and some of our pictures from the event:Collapse )

See more @ ChefBret.com.
See wedding clips on Ellen tomorrow.

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This year's herb garden

Apr. 10th, 2006 | 09:10 pm

Germinated seeds today.

Medeterranean Oregano
Catnip (Heirloom, organic)
Sweet Basil (organic)
Genovese Basil
Lemon Basil (heirloom, organic)
Mammoth Dill
Garden Chives (organic)
Parsley, single Italian

Ring-o-Fire Cayenne Chili (organic)
Nardello Sweet Italian (Heirloom, organic)
Tangerine Pimiento Sweet (organic)
Jalapeno Chile (organic)

Okra, mammoth spineless long pod (organic)
Squash, Early White Bush Scallop
Squash, Eight Ball Hybrid
Squash, Flying Saucer Hybrid
Tomato, Early Girl Hybrid
Tomato, Holiday Elf Hybrid
Tomato, Jubilee (heirloom)

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Coming Soon

Mar. 11th, 2006 | 06:25 pm

Pictures to follow, of course...just finished the menu. Still choosing wines.

"Begin your evening in Spindletop Hall’s beautiful mahogany-paneled Music Room from 6:30 to 7:30 PM,
and enjoy a glass of ____ as you sample the following butler passed Hors D’ouvres:"

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Valentine's Day Dinner Dance

Feb. 15th, 2006 | 04:23 pm

Amuse Bouche
Sun Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Artichoke Hearts, Buffalo Mozzarella
Herb de Provence and Walnut Vinaigrette


French Onion Soup
Three Cheese Gratine

Jumbo Shrimp
Biloxi Sauce

Chicken Liver Pate
Baby Corn, Capers, and Toasted Baguettes


Spindletop Gourmet Salad

Classic Ceasar

Soba Noodles with Rice Wine Vinagrette


Broiled Twin Lamb Chops
Marinated in Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic and Rosemary

Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Cream Horseradish
Roasted Shallot Au Jus

Charbroiled Filet Mignon
Wild Mushroom Demi Glace

Valentine's Lovers Duet
Rouladen of Beef and Lobster
Sliced and served on a bed of Braised Leeks with Pinot Noir Reduction

Pecan Encrusted Breast of Chicken
with Maker's Mark Burbon Butter

Grilled Veal Chop
with Three Onion Confit and Wild Mushroom Demi Glace

Poached Alantic Salmon
On bed of Braised Fennel with Fish Fumet and Toasted Pinenuts

-Chef Bret

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From the kitchen

Oct. 25th, 2005 | 01:03 am

Grilled Brie w/ fresh fruit and gourmet crackers...

- Chef Bret

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From the kitchen

Oct. 25th, 2005 | 12:44 am

Chicken KievCollapse )

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Hurricane Katrina Benefit

Oct. 13th, 2005 | 11:54 pm

At Spindletop Hall on September 25th.Collapse )
Chef BretCollapse )

- Chef Bret

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Wine Dinner

Mar. 15th, 2005 | 10:58 pm

Course One
Scallops Meuniere
Course One

Course Two
Cognac Lobster Bisque (No picture taken)

Course Three
Chicken Picatta over Braised Red Cabbage
Course Three

Course Four
Soft Shell Crab with Old Bay Creme Fraiche
Course Four

softshell crab 01

Lemon Cassis Sorbet

Course Five
Roast Loin of Lamb En Croute with Gaufrette Potatoes
Course Five

Salmon with Gaufrette Potatoes (prepared for guest opting not to eat red meat)

Course Six
Salad Loretto
Course Six

Final Course
Peach Melba Pizelle
Final Course

- Chef Bret

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Chef's Association President's Dinner

Mar. 3rd, 2005 | 10:06 pm

Second Course
Second Course
Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Corn and Black-Eyed Pea Salsa.

Third Course
Third Course
Oven Poached Barramundi over wilted Bok Choy and Watercress with Saffron Essence.

Fourth Course
Fourth Course
Lemon Cassis Sorbet.

Fifth Course
Fifth Course
Beef Tenderloin Medallion over Sun-Dried Tomato and Tasso Polenta with Truffle Demi-Glace and Hand Tourneed Vegetables.

Sixth Course
Sixth Course
Burbon Sabayon in Chocolate Pizzelle with Raspberry Coulis.

Dining Room
Dining Room

This is what happens when the food dosen't go out correctly.

- Chef Bret

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