Recently we were invited to lunch with Randy and Connie Hamann, owners of the Weingarten Winery, to check out some new and exciting things happenings out there.The Weingarten Winery is big, bold, and beautiful. It offers a beautiful setting overlooking the vineyards and unspoiled landscape of Ste. Genevieve County. With lots of available lighting and large windows throughout, a wide variety of functions are easily accommodated—large and small, rain or shine, indoors and outdoors, from weddings and receptions to wine dinners and corporate functions.This intentionally designed winery is tastefully appointed, creating mood and ambiance for any event. Every inch of the place serves as a beautiful photography backdrop. Brides love it here, where photographers are sure to create great images. An on-site chef and large gift shop are icing on the cake.
Riesling Reception Hall
Spacious, yet warm and inviting, guests enjoy a unique ambiance, which includes an impressive stone fireplace, arched wood ceiling, adjoining covered patio, and spectacular view of the vineyard and the pristine miles beyond.Upstairs is a southern facing private deck overlooking the vineyard and offering a stunning view. It’s the perfect room, with several setup options, for personal and professional gatherings.Also found on this level is the Saison Room (German for “season”). This room is named for the tranquility found in watching the passing seasons from the glass-enclosed balcony. Designed for larger events, its deep, rich tones surround guests in a refined atmosphere.Weddings are held in any of these locations, as well as outdoors, in the vineyard, or on the covered patio.
Jeff Chapman was the chef at an upscale restaurant for nine years prior to coming to Weingarten. His skills have built an extensive assortment of delicious fine foods, served Thursday through Sunday, lunch and dinner. During daytime, one can order off the Old World Deli menu. In the evenings, there are full menus for Wednesday Pub Night, Thursday Pasta Night and exceptionally fine dining Friday through Sunday evenings.Dishes include salmon grilled to perfection served with a smooth, creamy lemon dill sauce, crisp asparagus, and a pasta farfalle tossed in a white wine butter sauce. A filet mignon grilled to order and served with shiitake mushrooms sautéed in a special house garlic herb butter sauce. The perfectly mashed parmesan potatoes and asparagus are hardly needed but add a nice complement to the meal. An example of something cooked in the Weingarten kitchen and served buffet style for a wedding party would be Brisket with mashed potatoes and green beans topped with almonds.
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