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Fresh, Local Food in Savannah

July 21st, 2013 by Teresa Jacobson

Fresh, Local Food in SavannahFresh, local food in Savannah just got taken to a whole new level with Azalea Inn & Garden’s NEW chef, a NEW private dining menu and a NEW signature cocktail for the summer months.

Folks, you won’t want to choose ANY other B&B in Savannah once you’ve given yourself the chance to explore our fresh, local food options.

The rooms are SO beautiful that the decision becomes easy. You just absolutely have to come visit us!

New Chef in the House

Please join us in welcoming Megan Jacobs to the experience of Azalea Inn & Gardens. Megan trained at Johnson and Wales Culinary School. Prior to joining our team, she worked as the Sous Chef at Vic’s on the River and as the Head Chef at Churchill’s Pub – two amazing Savannah restaurants.

Megan says, “My style of cooking is southern, local, and as fresh as the ingredients that I can get my hands on. This is especially easy at our Inn with the huge garden that the owner, Teresa and her husband, Jake, have created.”

Private Dining at the Inn featuring Fresh, Local Food in Savannah

Now with Megan as part of our team, we are so proud to bring our guests the best in FRESH and LOCAL food. No longer is your culinary delight confined to breakfast and hors d’oeuvres at our B&B. The new private dining menu we created for our guests is right up there with some of the best restaurants in town!

Our amazing innkeeper, Teresa, makes sure that our guests have a discerning selection of wines to pair with their private dining experience.

Featuring menu items like Grouper Au Poivre, Crispy Half Duck- with a Grand Marnier Ginger glaze along with Fried Green Tomato Napoleon – private dining at Azalea is the best WE’VE had in town. We think you should try it!

NEW Signature Summer Cocktail at Azalea Getting Attention

Well folks, we have SO much basil growing in our local urban garden next door in our innkeeper’s backyard. Thus, we decided to craft a signature cocktail. We like Vixen Vodka, and they liked US so much that they’re planning a visit to our B&B soon to taste the wonders. Isn’t that cool? Wouldn’t you like to do the same? Now’s your chance!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

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Spend Your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with Us

November 15th, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

Thanksgiving is coming so soon! If your family is spread far and wide, you can spend your Thanksgiving in Savannah, GA with us! We are starting preparations for the festivities already. Thanksgiving is so special for us, because we sure love to cook and we have A LOT to be grateful for.

 

You are officially invited to stay at Azalea Inn & Gardens for a top notch Thanksgiving celebration in Savannah. On Black Friday you’ll be able to shop until you drop because you know our oh-so-comfy bedsheets and bathrobes are here waiting for YOU.

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Azalea Inn’s Tomato Harvest WOW

July 10th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

We have had the most incredible garden treats from Azalea Inn and our tomato harvest has inspired our favorite (so far) WOW recipe: Tomato Jam.  I picked the last of our cherry and yellow pear tomatoes  to be turned into our infamous Tomato Jam.  We plan to serve the Jam on Rosemary shortbread at next week’s wine and appetizer hour.  As you can see from the impish faces of Kolin and Courtney, we love our tomatoes!  I am not sure how many of the garden harvested tomatoes made it into the jam, but there was enough for two more canning jars of our oft-requested jam recipe (compliments of Bon Appetite, April 2010).

The recipe itself calls for 5 large tomatoes but we have a plethora of the cherry and tiny yellow pear tomatoes and found that they worked as well, if not better, with the two-tone color. We did not skin these tomatoes as the recipe calls for, instead squeezing the seeds out whole and tossing into the saucepan, no boiling first necessary.

Tomato Jam:

2 1/4 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 5 large)

2 cups granulated sugar

Generous pinch of salt

Generous pinch of ground cayenne pepper

2 or 3 grinds of black pepper

2 or 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Using a paring knife, cut out the stem end of each tomato, then slice a shallow X in the bottom. Plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water until their skins loosen, about 30 seconds. Remove them with a slotted spoon and let cool.

When cool enough to handle, slip off the tomato skins. Discard the water, but save the saucepan for cooking the jam. Halve the tomatoes crosswise and gently squeeze out the seeds and juice. Chop the tomatoes into 1/3-inch pieces.

Return the tomatoes to the saucepan; stir in the sugar, salt, and peppers. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to ensure that the mixture is cooking evenly but not burning, until most of the liquid has evaporated. If foam occasionally rises to the top, skim it off with a large spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice to taste.

Ladle the jam into sterilized jars. Cover tightly, let cool, and refrigerate. The jam will keep for at least 6 months refrigerated, though it has not lasted that long at the inn!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah, GA, historic inn.

Azalea Inn Creates “Mini-Farm” in the Heart of Savannah, GA

June 12th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Historic Savannah gardensGuests and Savannah’s SAFE Shelter benefit from this downtown Savannah Inn’s harvest

Savannah, GA – Azalea Inn & Gardens brings on the greens and encourages you to leave the blues behind. Who’d imagine an inn located in a quiet historic urban neighborhood in Savannah, GA would support their own mini-farm? But with astute planning from Adam Mentzer, passionate local farmer and owner of Adam’s Farm, the bounty is blooming at Azalea Inn and Gardens.  Knowing that her mini-farm would produce beyond the needs of the guests, Azalea Inn & Gardens owner, Teresa Jacobson, set out to find a place where needy recipients could benefit from the garden.  Having had friends benefit from the help of shelters for abused victims, Jacobson settled on the Savannah Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Shelter for abused people to receive produce from her garden. Today, both Mentzer and Jacobson are supplying the shelter’s clients with excess fresh-grown food from their garden while teaching graduates of the SAFE Shelter program how a small-space garden can produce big benefits.

The Azalea Inn & Gardens has a long history of gardening fame. Their award-winning flower gardens have received media accolades for years.  Yet never one to settle for status quo, Teresa Jacobson decided she wanted a bigger garden in 2011 when she was motivated by a “Meet Your Maker” dinner (where local artisans’ and growers’ produce, cheeses, meats were showcased.)  It was here she made the acquaintance of local farmer Adam Mentzer, and soon the concept of the Azalea Inn mini-farm developed.  While skeptical at first at what could be accomplished on a small lot in downtown Savannah, Mentzer refused to be daunted, knowing raised beds and container gardens could produce plenty.  What followed was phenomenal: 

The list of varieties of herbs and produce growing in the mini-farm is astounding.  Careful planning has allowed a long list of varieties to be grown, the likes of which you’d expect to find on a ten acre rural Georgia farm, including:

Hybrid Squash 8-Ball               Hybrid Melon Galia                Hybrid Melon Athena

Gourd Cucuzzi Snake               Tomato Amana Orange          Hybrid Tomato Supersweet

Okra Clemson Spineless         Gourd Dipper Long Handled   Hybrid Cucumber Tasty Green

Hybrid Tomato Morning Light                                                Hybrid Tomato Brandymaster Pink

Tomato Cherokee Purple        Hybrid Pepper Anastar           Hybrid Pepper Aristocrat

Hybrid Zucchini Squash           Kentucky Blue Pole Bean        Yellow Bush Bean

Purple Bush Bean                    Fennel Zefa Fino                     Swiss Chard Magenta Sunset

Arugula                                   Daikon Radish Miyashige       Hybrid Turnip Scarlet Queen Red Stems

Greens Mache                                    Strawberries Sequoia              Strawberries Quinalt

Eggplant Black Beauty                        Eggplant Ichiban

Herbs:

Rosemary                                Oregano                                  Stevia

Texas Terragon                       Onion Chives                           Lemon Balm

Curled Parsley                         Cilantro                                   Potpourri Lavender

Spearmint                               Peppermint                             Rosemary

Fernleaf Dill                            Spicy Globe basil                     Thai Basil

Lemon Basil                            Opal Basil                                Sweet Basil

“I’m not sure what I’m more excited about,” smiled Teresa Jacobson when asked about the new mini-farm, “all of this glorious produce and herbs, my new partnership with Adam or being able to offer those who’ve had to leave everything behind the taste of freshness from my garden,” finished Jacobson.  The response from the SAFE Shelter staff and clients has included an outpouring of gratitude.

While the focus has always been on locavore cuisine at the Azalea Inn & Gardens, the new mini-farm will bring the property even closer to a totally sustainable model.  Food scraps will be composted in 80-gallon Earth Machine compost bins and rainwater for watering plants is collected in 55 gallon cisterns, allowing nature’s bounty to be reused to create healthier plants and a healthier planet. Additionally, low-volume irrigation and low volume water baths are utilized outside and in.  At Azalea Inn, Earth Day is every day.

Inside, cotton/bamboo blend towels delight guests with their soft and eco-friendly texture. All lighting utilizes energy-saving CFL bulbs and plastic bottles for bath amenities have been replaced with dispensers for high quality eco-friendly shampoos, shower gels and conditioners.  Guests are given the option to re-use towels to cut down on unnecessary detergents and energy use and as many papers and plastics as possible are recycled.

The décor of the inn emphasizes nature, and rooms have been designed to allow as much natural light as possible.  Most rooms feature private balconies or patios allowing guests to “bring the outdoors in”.

About Azalea Inn

Deliciously relaxing and lighthearted, the Azalea Inn and Gardens is a casually elegant Savannah bed and breakfast mansion offering vintage and award-winning gardens and its new mini-farm, historic 19th century architecture (complete with soulful imperfections) and a scrumptious, new and traditional southern cuisine breakfast. A hidden garden courtyard pool, modern comforts and free on-site parking sets Azalea Inn & Gardens apart and makes staying here easy and relaxing. Located in the Historic Landmark District of Savannah on brick-cobbled Huntingdon Street near Forsyth Park (Savannah’s central park), the inn’s atmosphere is characterized by fun, with an adventurous and decidedly eco-friendly focus. Yet the ultimate allure of this daffodil-colored Queen Anne Italianate inn is its owner’s 21st century, whimsical and outgoing personality. You’ll arrive ready for a break and leave with a new great friend.

For those seeking a green urban refuge, the Azalea Inn & Gardens is a delight.  Learn more at www.azaleainn.com.

These and other photos available in high-res from Azalea Inn.  Misty DeBlasio photos

4th Wine and Food Pairing: Best Yet!

September 19th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Menu

By Gosh, I think we might have it!  Mix 5 great wine finds with 5 perfect matches, shake gently and add 10 enthusiastic wine enthusiasts. Final result: An incredible evening of wine and food, conviviality and fun.  Last night was the fourth in our series with the theme “Red Blends Rule” and Lindsay Melton of United Wine Distributors was perfectly prepared to present our wines and comment on our matches.

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Wine and Food Pairing a HIT!

June 29th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

See what you missed and sign up for July…

June 19, 2010  A wine and food pairing appropriately entitled “Do Blondes Have More Fun?”

Maso Canali Pinot Grigio
An Estate Bottled, Single Vineyard wine from Trentino, Italy. 7% of the grapes are dried on racks for several months, then the concentrated juice is blended back in with the rest for added depth and character. ($15)
Surprisingly: Onion rings and dipping sauces

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