Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen?  We Don't Think So!

Fernando Duran, Autumn Wallace and Quentin Vigneron

We've told you all about Executive Chef Autumn Wallace, now it's time to meet the rest of her team, Sous Chefs Fernando Duran and Quentin Vigneron.  Duran graduated with a bachelor's of culinary management from The Art Institute of San Antonio. After participating in the openings of San Antonio's well known restaurants Sustenio and Arcade Midtown Kitchen, Duran moved to Austin and joined No Va Kitchen & Bar. A recent addition to the Sage Hill Inn kitchen, Duran's brings international influences to the restaurant's menu, including the bold flavors of his Latin heritage. A commitment to quality and providing the best customer experience, are paramount in his approach.

Vigneron's culinary career includes positions at The New Albany Country Club,  Plate-Restaurant and Catering, The Market Italian Village, Rhapsody Restaurant, and the Hocking College Hot Food Competition Team. All of these experiences have let him hone his classical cooking skills, while still developing a style of cooking that continually practices sustainability in the kitchen, and maintaining a menu around the availability of fresh, local ingredients. His mindset for food is to keep it simple but elegant, let your farm to table ingredients shine, and always focus on your guest's needs.

Executive Chef Wallace recently commented on the new additions and said, "Both sous chefs have been extremely instrumental in helping me launch our new menu and dining concept for the restaurant. I couldn't have done it without their help and dedication to menu planning in the wee hours of the night! To change the way Sage Hill Inn has done dining for the past twenty years took a lot of planning and staff training, which they both have been a huge part of."  

What a team!  Sage Hill Inn is so lucky to have them!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Calling All Bluebonnet Enthusiasts!

There’s no better way to enjoy the splendor of the Lone Star Spring than walking the trails at Sage Hill Inn. For a few sweet weeks each year it’s a sight to be seen.  Travelers from everywhere come specifically to see the fields of glorious bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes. The heavy rain last fall, and early this winter, have resulted in a spectacular wildflower season.

In 1901, the Texas Legislature named the bluebonnet, the state flower. We have the Texas Department of Transportation to thank. In 1932, the department hired Jac Gubbels, its first landscape architect, to maintain, preserve and encourage wildflowers and other native plants along the highways. In fact, there’s even a festival in it’s honor. The 52nd Bluebonnet Festival takes place this coming weekend.  Click here for more information

The festival is in Chappell Hill, between Houston and Austin. Sage Hill Inn recommends Houston travelers in particular, to visit the festival, then come on out to Sage Hill for our own bluebonnet display, an early week stay at the Inn and a visit to the Garden Spa at Sage Hill Inn for early week (Mon-Thurs) spa specials…receive 20% off all treatments!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

 Sage Hill Inn Road Trip Bluebonnets, Gardens, Beehives and More

It’s a spectacular time of year to take a drive through the Texas Hill Country.  The bluebonnets are here, but only for a window for time! Drive out for lunch or dinner at Sage Hill Inn and visit our beautiful vegetable garden that serves our restaurants every meal.  We’ve got plenty of kale, radishes, beets, carrots….even edible flowers. We’ve just planted our greenhouse tomatoes in the garden so they’ll be ripe for the pickin’ in time for Chef Autumn’s summer menu. Our Flow™ Hive Full Reveal beehives arrive soon so fresh honey will soon be available!  Click here and check out what’s in store!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Early “Week” Gets the Worm! 20% off Spa Treatments Mon.–Thurs. at the Garden Spa

So we are really excited to extend this Welcome Spring spa special! Now you can recharge, renew and re-energize with an early week visit (Monday through Thursday) at the Garden Spa at Sage Hill Inn and receive 20% off all treatments. It’s the ideal space to indulge and recharge. Menu offerings include everything from deep tissue massage to facials, to reflexology and sugar polishing. Steal away sometime for yourself or bring a friend or two. It’s even warm enough to take a dip in the swimming pool! And mothers and daughters, book early for Mother’s Day…what better way to relax! For more pampering details and to make an appointment, please call us at 512-268-1617.

Friday, March 18, 2016


We are so excited about the new Spring menu at the restaurant at Sage Hill Inn! Chef Wallace’s new three-course prix-fixe dinner menu gives diners a choice…of starter, entrée and dessert, with the menu rotating each day of the week. Here’s a few early week dinner menu highlights.

Monday: Appetizer choice of Baby Iceberg Wedge; or fresh Pappardelle Pasta with House-made Pork Meatballs; entrée selections include Smoked Lockhart Texas Quail; or Braised Duroc Pork Cheek; choice of dessert includes the velvety Chai-Spiced Crème Brûlée; or the indulgent Flourless Chocolate Torte.

Tuesday: Appetizer choice of Roasted Beet Salad; or Fried Risotto Arancinis; entrée selections include Braised Beef Short Rib; or moist and crunchy Dewberry Farm Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Texas-sized Ravioli; followed by a choice of seductive desserts, including Warm Bananas Fosters; or Sourdough Bread Pudding.

Wednesday:  This menu highlights the best of spring produce and includes an appetizer choice of Mushroom Brie Bisque; or Knife & Fork Caesar Salad; entrée selections include House-made Agnolotti Pasta served with a bounty of vegetables; or delicate Pan-seared Wreckfish and Rice Grits; for dessert, guests have the option of Toasted Almond Torte; or the ooey, gooey Molten Chocolate Cake!

Come on in for supper this week! Make your reservation today!