If you have been a guest of our inn, you know we support local, fresh and seasonal products whenever we can – whether its produce from our own gardens or fresh-selected at the Farmers Market in Forsyth Park every Saturday, from Georgia wild shrimp to artisan cheeses, we seek it out. Holiday shopping is definitely seasonal and surely at its best in Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia during the Inaugural Savannah Pajama Shop Hop – the brainchild of Savannah Inns and yours truly. We championed a month-long event that offers our guests an opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts which will never see the light of day in a commercial shopping mall, and all from the playful comfort of your Pajamas! Yes indeed, your PJs, your jams, your nightgown, your nightshirt, your robe, your smoking jacket, your fluffy bunny rabbit slippers … in exchange for a discount on your purchases from over 70 downtown merchants, shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, tours and more!
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Our third annual Veterans Day Reception was held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 and exceptionally well attended by over 35 active duty and retired veterans plus families. One special veteran was the 92-year-old grandfather of Laci Leoci, of Leoci’s Trattoria – he was truly the center of attention as veterans of all ages shook his hand and thanked him for his contribution to our Country.
The kitchen at Azalea Inn and Gardens was the staging ground and “bar” for the evenings repast and the on again off again sprinkles did little to dampen the spirits or the appetites of these wonderful men and women. Quiet murmurs of appreciation were heard throughout the house as they dined on an enormous spread of foods from some of our most favorite restaurants. We take this time to say “Thank You” to our restaurant partners:
Alligator Soul’s Cajun Meatloaf was the favorite of one vet whose wife declined to make him lunch before arriving… he had begged her to make him some meatloaf!
Leoci’s Trattoria provided Charcuterie and Cheese platters which were devoured quickly and these gracious hosts quickly came over with more platters.
Cha Bella contributed a mouthwatering seasoned Chicken Breasts, Mac-n-Cheese and Green Beans, and the youngest in the crowd declared the mac-n-cheese the best ever!
Pirates House pulled pork and collard Spring Rolls and dipping sauce were quick to go.
Sage made a delicous Planked Salmon, Bruchetta and herbed cream cheese with homemade crostini.
Crystal Beer Parlor shared their famous Crab Dip and homemade crostinie.
Gigi’s Cupcakes contributed 40 mini-cupcakes which were, as expected, quickly devoured.
Lulu’s Chocolate Bar also added to the dessert display with chocolate covered strawberries – Yum!
Azalea Inn and Gardens made Sweet Ricotta Cheese with Fresh Fruit Blintzes.
Wine, sodas and water were all supplied by the four Savannah Inns, Azalea Inn and Gardens, Green Palm Inn, Zeigler House Inn and Dresser Palmer House.