SAVANNAH Georgia (April 26, 2012) — Guests at Savannah’s famous and fabulous Ballastone Inn long ago discovered that they could get the recipes behind their favorite gourmet breakfast dishes just by asking. A wider audience learned how to make the inn’s Orange Ricotta Pancakes in the May/June (2012) edition of Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine, the signature periodical of the famous Savannah cook and entrepreneur. The publication is on newsstands this week and will be on display through June 18, 2012.
On the heels of that breakfast recipe treat for the cooking public comes the news that the Ballastone is at work on its own cookbook, which will be available early this summer. Innkeeper Jennifer Salandi isn’t ready to release many details yet, but the cookbook will feature the inn’s most popular breakfast dishes, along with the treats that make the afternoon tea so special and the savory hors d’oeuvres served in the inn’s private bar each evening.
MANSION LODGING WITH FINE DINING BREAKFAST
Meanwhile, the AAA Four Diamond mansion inn and its cuisine fascinate readers in the “Fun Escapes” section of the Paula Deen magazine in the article “A Taste of the Past”. Appropriately enough, it features a recipe for a breakfast dish that is a guest favorite – Orange Ricotta Pancakes, typically served with eggs over easy and sausage patties. It’s an elegant dish in keeping with the Ballastone’s atmosphere, and one that home cooks won’t find too challenging. To capture the true flavor of the Ballastone, however, Jennifer recommends serving the pancakes on good china and bringing out fine silverware, along with putting fresh flowers on the breakfast table. Details matter, the veteran innkeeper insists, and years worth of satisfied guests would agree.
Ballastone manager Melissa Williams advises that at least one guest daily will request at least one of the inn’s more popular dishes – like the signature pancakes, the Cinnamon-Sugar French Toast and the Shrimp and Grits.
PAULA DEEN MAGAZINE DISHES UP INTRODUCTION TO BALLASTONE
The article in Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine offers guests a glimpse of one of the most luxurious inns in Savannah. The four-page photo spread showcases the elaborate afternoon high tea with full silver service, the secluded courtyard, and gives a peek inside one of the 16 vastly different guest rooms.
“Paula Deen has a history of supporting small local businesses, like the Ballastone,” Jennifer said. “In the hospitality business, getting a nod from Paula is quite a compliment, especially in her hometown. We appreciate this enviable spotlight, and are so pleased that the magazine team captured not just a breakfast that garners so much praise, not just the amazing bedrooms, but more also of the inn’s enchanting appeal.”
Ballastone Inn is also featured in Paula Deen’s book, Savannah Style.
ABOUT BALLASTONE INN
The Ballastone Inn pioneered the concept of the elegant bed-and-breakfast in Savannah, Georgia. Housed in an Italianate mansion (circa 1838), this luxury inn holds the AAA Four Diamond Award, and has received awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the National Trust. Ballastone is located in the Landmark Savannah Historic District and is owned by Jennifer Salandi. Telephone 912/236-1484.