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Our sister company Tin City Caters is proud to haven been chosen as the caterer to this worthwhile event right here in New Castle, PA

Injured Marine, family welcomed into Sinise Foundation-built home

U.S. Marine Corps Major Eric Burkett quoted the 23rd Psalm as a passage that touched him one day in church “and hit me like a throat punch.” It was that inspiration that prompted him to name his new home “Still Water,” as a haven where his fellow Marines are always welcome to take shelter on the banks of the Neshannock Creek.

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers with avocado sauce as served at the Art of Veggie at the BellaDonna Inn.

INGREDIENTS
for the cauliflower burgers
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 head cauliflower (about 6 cups florets)
3-4 tablespoons oil, divided
a few generous shakes of spicy seasoning – cumin, chili powder, cayenne, etc.
a minced garlic clove or two
3/4 cup breadcrumbs or ground almonds
3/4 cup shredded Pepperjack cheese
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook the quinoa according to package directions but only using 1 cup broth of water to keep it from getting too heavy.
Cut the cauliflower into florets, transfer to a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with spices to taste. Roast for 20-30 minutes. Let cool. Pulse through a food processor to form small pieces that stick together. You don’t want PUREE here, you want enough mushiness to help it all stick together.
Combine the cooked, pulsed cauliflower with the quinoa, garlic, breadcrumbs, Pepperjack cheese, eggs, salt, and another teaspoon or two of spicy seasoning (cayenne will make it hot-spicy, so just add a few shakes of that one). Form 10 patties.
In an oiled or nonstick pan over medium heat, cook the burgers until golden brown on each side, flipping very carefully to avoid breaking. Set aside on a paper towel lined plate.

NOTES
In terms of level of spiciness, that is totally up to you! and it happens mostly at step two when you’re mixing up the burger mixture. Don’t be shy to add more spices or adjust – especially after you fry and taste one of them. Mine turned out a little bit differently every time I made them depending on what spices I used more or less of.

For a gluten free version, be sure to use the almond meal instead of the breadcrumbs. It won’t hold together quite as nicely, but it’s still delicious.

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers with Avacado Sauce

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers with avocado Sauce

INGREDIENTS
for the cauliflower burgers
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 head cauliflower (about 6 cups florets)
3-4 tablespoons oil, divided
a few generous shakes of spicy seasoning – cumin, chili powder, cayenne, etc.
a minced garlic clove or two
3/4 cup breadcrumbs or ground almonds
3/4 cup shredded Pepperjack cheese
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook the quinoa according to package directions but only using 1 cup broth of water to keep it from getting too heavy.
Cut the cauliflower into florets, transfer to a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with spices to taste. Roast for 20-30 minutes. Let cool. Pulse through a food processor to form small pieces that stick together. You don’t want PUREE here, you want enough mushiness to help it all stick together.
Combine the cooked, pulsed cauliflower with the quinoa, garlic, breadcrumbs, Pepperjack cheese, eggs, salt, and another teaspoon or two of spicy seasoning (cayenne will make it hot-spicy, so just add a few shakes of that one). Form 10 patties.
In an oiled or nonstick pan over medium heat, cook the burgers until golden brown on each side, flipping very carefully to avoid breaking. Set aside on a paper towel lined plate.

NOTES
In terms of level of spiciness, that is totally up to you! and it happens mostly at step two when you’re mixing up the burger mixture. Don’t be shy to add more spices or adjust – especially after you fry and taste one of them. Mine turned out a little bit differently every time I made them depending on what spices I used more or less of.

For a gluten free version, be sure to use the almond meal instead of the breadcrumbs. It won’t hold together quite as nicely, but it’s still delicious.

Vegan Lentil “Meatloaf”

Recipie for the Vegan Lentil ” Meatloaf” that was served during the he Art of Being Veggie at the BellaDonna Inn.

VEGAN LENTIL LOAF
TOTAL TIME: 1 H

OUR PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES

This easy veggie filled lentil loaf is even better than the classic meatloaf! Be sure to use green or brown lentils, not red.

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups cooked French lentils (you can use vacuum packed steamed lentils from the produce section. Be sure your lentils aren’t too wet from cooking.)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 ¼ cup diced crimini mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon bbq sauce
2 tablespoons flax meal
1 tablespoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup quick oats
½ cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup ketchup
pinch brown or coconut sugar

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute onion, carrots, celery, pepper, and mushrooms with a pinch of salt and pepper until softened. Add the garlic and saute another minute longer.
In a food processor, pulse together the lentils, cooked vegetables, tomato paste, bbq sauce, flax meal, parsley, salt, pepper, oats, and breadcrumbs. You may have to work in batches if your food processor is small. Do not puree, but blend into a chunky dough. You want some bits of veggies for texture.
Form the dough into a ball and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Form into a “loaf” shape as shown in the pictures. Alternatively, fill bell pepper halves with the lentil mixture and place in a baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread the ketchup on top. Sprinkle with sugar to help caramelize the topping. Bake for another 10 minutes. Let the lentil loaf cool at least 10 minutes as it firms up during this time.

Menu for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

We’re All Mad Here…

The menu for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party:

Scones:
Mixed Up Berry Scones with lemon curd

Savories:
Mock Turtle (cold) Soup
Humpty Dumpty (deviled) Eggs
Magic (stuffed) Mushrooms
Pig Babies (ham sandwiches with orange marmalade)
Duchess Potatoes

Sweets:
UnBirthday Cake (chocolate mousse)
Queen of Tarts (cherry)
Treacle Cookies
“Eat Me” Macrons

4 awesome teas themed to the party 3 hot and 1 iced

Ghost Tour comes to the Historic BellaDonna Inn

Great things Happening in New Castle, PA

Our friends at the BellaDonna Inn have a lot of events coming up over the next few weeks. Here are 4 of them. Don’t forget the ghost tours. Every Saturday trough the end of October. Plus we’ve booked some private parties. Can’t make it to some events. Give them a call and they can create a private event just for you and your friends. It’s what they do.

Blood Moon – Return from the Dead

The haunted BellaDonnaInn will be hosting it’s first annual Blood Moon Halloween party on Saturday, October 28th at 8:00 PM.
This year’s theme is “Return from the Dead” We will be reviving our long standing tradition of Blood Moon parties from previous years.
It will be held in our beautifully restored Victorian Mansion on the historic North Hill in New Castle., PA
Costumes are encouraged – So wear your “finest” dead apparel and join in on the fun.
BYOB and join us for the after party.
Spooky Halloween munchies will be provided by Tin City Caters. A $5 donation will be appreciated.

101 E Wallace Ave, New Castle, PA

A Journey Through Time

Saturday our friends at the BellaDonna Inn served a Downton Abbey style dinner at a private party. It was awesome! Seven courses of exquisite food prepared by Tin City Caters. The meal included some foods that we’re served on the hit show “Downton Abbey” and some hat we’re served on the Titanic.  Like a Journey through time. An amazing meal at a fabulous price.

Appetizer: Canapes a L’Amiral (shrimp)
Soup: Mrs Patmores London particular (pea with ham)
Fish: poached salmon mousseline with Dutchess Potatoes
Salad: Manderin oranges and Stilton salad with Port wine dressing
Main: Beef tenderloin with Madeira green peppercorn sauce, Yorkshire pudding and Asparagus
Cheese course: cheese, jam and fruit
Dessert: apple cheddar crumble with cream
Palate cleanser: wine jello
Coffee and tea to follow

The meal was served in their beautifully restored Victorian mansion built in 1882, located in the historic North Hill in New Castle, PA.

You and your friends can enjoy a taste of the Good Life by booking your next party with us. An memorable experience that will impress everyone.

http://BellaDonnaInn.com

724 856-0817

Perfect Coctail

The Perfect Cocktail

‌Join us for a delightful evening at the BellaDonna Inn as chief mixologist Wallace Demental demonstrates how to create the perfect cocktail.

He will discuss the different types of cocktails and the techniques required to make them.

This event is part of part the Summer Art Series. There will be many more to come, but you don’t want to miss this one. This event is meant for fun!  I am going to discuss Perfect Cocktails and demonstrate how to make them. I will make 4 classic coctails and provide tasters for your consideration.
After the demo you are invited to attend a wine and coctails party right here at the BellaDonna Inn.
Bring a bottle or flask of your favorite spirit and we will guide you in constructing the Perfect Cocktail.

This event is free, $5 suggested donation. Beverages and snacks provided by Tin City Caters. Join us at the wine and cocktail party afterwords. Please BYOB. We’ll see you Monday.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1923687264569348

Bringing a Dream to Fruition  

A lifetime affinity for Victorian homes led Mariah Kakis to this area.

It was love at first sight for Mariah. And she picked a beauty of a house.

Mariah and her partner, Dustin Moran, have been living in the home known by many as the Wallace House, on the corner of East Wallace Avenue and North Mercer Street, for five years.

 

A pat on the back goes out to the pair for restoring one of New Castle’s significant homes.

Dustin is the business manager for Tin City Catering, which is housed there and a sign on the portico says “The Belladonna,” which is the name of the airbnb the couple is establishing.

They were sitting on that porch when I arrived to tour the beautiful three-story home that was built in 1882. Back then, this most likely was a tree-lined street and the porch would have been a great place to catch a breeze and watch neighbors stroll by.

Mariah and Dustin came from Tucson to be closer to Mariah’s family in Cleveland and were enamored by the number of beautiful historic and Victorian homes in New Castle.

“They have so much character,” Mariah said. “All the old buildings are what makes New Castle, New Castle. Not too many places have this feel.”

This one has quite a history.

John C. Wallace, who built the home, was a prominent pharmacist at the beginning of the pharmaceutical industry, Dustin informed. John Wallace’s son, was a noted pediatrician in New Castle. The Wallace family owned the home until 1986. It was sold to the Women’s Shelter and “When we bought it, it was empty for two years,” Mariah said.

AN ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

The house is considered four square in design with a mansard roof and four rooms on the first floor, six rooms on the second floor and four more on the third floor, where they reside. The windows, floors and most of the walls in the house are original.

The first floor was completely redone by Mariah and Dustin and they are still working on renovations to the second floor where the B&B and a library will be located.

“Basically, this was demolition and mechanics,” Dustin pointed out.

The ceiling in the parlor — 11 feet high — was falling down and was totally repaired to showcase the ornate plaster details. Mariah, who is a professional interior designer, used her excellent eye and exceptional taste to furnish this room with pieces from the Victorian era, and painted it pink for a feminine feel.

A lover of antiques, Mariah has acquired quite a few pieces and placed them in various rooms. The fireplace, which is one of seven in the house, is the backdrop for the strategic placement of furniture like the ivory brocade sofa to the smallest of details like a delicate, pink lace table covering. A piano is in a corner and lace curtains are on the floor-to-ceiling windows, which are another feature that Mariah adores, particularly because they let in so much light.

Everything just fits.

SPECIAL TOUCHES

We stepped across the hall where a “butler” stands duty, to the gathering room with its more distinctively masculine ambiance.

 

“In the old days, women would have gathered after dinner in the parlor and the men would have gone to the drawing or gathering room,” Dustin said.

I’m guessing that was the scene of many brandy-drinking and cigar-smoking moments.

“I call this the hunting lodge because it has that feel,” Mariah said.

An ornate wooden hutch now serves as a bar.

Then there’s the eye-catching horse in the corner. It is a Tang horse and came from China

Steampunk is another term applied here and it refers to items of the modern world driven by steam.Dustin and Mariah have traveled quite a bit and the house includes “an eclectic collection of art from all over the world,” Dustin said.The arched entryways and pocket doors add more special touches.TOIL PAYS OFFDustin enjoys what he calls the wide-openness of the house.“You can totally relax and calm down.”There’s a Downton Abbey aura in the dining room where Mariah took a conference table and transformed it into pure elegance. Its gold tablecloth pairs well with the gold-painted ceiling.“You need to live with a room for awhile before you choose colors,” she told me.There’s a whole lot of living to be done at this house that also serves as a venue for Victorian teas and other events.A butler’s pantry leads into the kitchen, which was widened, and the chimney has been exposed.Countless hours of work combined with a lot of love equals beautiful results.John Wallace has many reasons to be proud.
Steampunk is another term applied here and it refers to items of the modern world driven by steam.Dustin and Mariah have traveled quite a bit and the house includes “an eclectic collection of art from all over the world,” Dustin said.The arched entryways and pocket doors add more special touches.TOIL PAYS OFF Dustin enjoys what he calls the wide-openness of the house.“You can totally relax and calm down.”There’s a Downton Abbey aura in the dining room where Mariah took a conference table and transformed it into pure elegance. Its gold tablecloth pairs well with the gold-painted ceiling.“You need to live with a room for awhile before you choose colors,” she told me.There’s a whole lot of living to be done at this house that also serves as a venue for Victorian teas and other events.A butler’s pantry leads into the kitchen, which was widened, and the chimney has been exposed.Countless hours of work combined with a lot of love equals beautiful results.John Wallace has many reasons to be proud.

Steampunk is another term applied here and it refers to items of the modern world driven by steam.Dustin and Mariah have traveled quite a bit and the house includes “an eclectic collection of art from all over the world,” Dustin said.The arched entryways and pocket doors add more special touches.TOIL PAYS OFFDustin enjoys what he calls the wide-openness of the house.“You can totally relax and calm down.”There’s a Downton Abbey aura in the dining room where Mariah took a conference table and transformed it into pure elegance. Its gold tablecloth pairs well with the gold-painted ceiling.“You need to live with a room for awhile before you choose colors,” she told me.There’s a whole lot of living to be done at this house that also serves as a venue for Victorian teas and other events.A butler’s pantry leads into the kitchen, which was widened, and the chimney has been exposed.Countless hours of work combined with a lot of love equals beautiful results.John Wallace has many reasons to be proud.
Steampunk is another term applied here and it refers to items of the modern world driven by steam.Dustin and Mariah have traveled quite a bit and the house includes “an eclectic collection of art from all over the world,” Dustin said.The arched entryways and pocket doors add more special touches.TOIL PAYS OFFDustin enjoys what he calls the wide-openness of the house.“You can totally relax and calm down.”There’s a Downton Abbey aura in the dining room where Mariah took a conference table and transformed it into pure elegance. Its gold tablecloth pairs well with the gold-painted ceiling.“You need to live with a room for awhile before you choose colors,” she told me.There’s a whole lot of living to be done at this house that also serves as a venue for Victorian teas and other events.A butler’s pantry leads into the kitchen, which was widened, and the chimney has been exposed.Countless hours of work combined with a lot of love equals beautiful results.John Wallace has many reasons to be proud.