Festive Season at Hotel Ella!

Photography courtesy of Jake Holt.
Hotel Ella

Hotel Ella

The festive season is ramping up at Hotel Ella and we have all the delightful details.
Goodall's Kitchen

Goodall’s Kitchen

  • Thursday, November 23rd from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Featured dishes include herb roasted turkey breast, grilled acorn squash and sourdough stuffing.
  • $72 per person or $25 for children 12 and under.
  • Price includes buffet, soda, iced tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
  • Complimentary valet parking. 
  • For reservations, email goodalls@hotelella.com or call 512-495-1800.
Parlor Bar

Parlor Bar

  • Sunday, November 26th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Drink and be merry at the Holiday Trunk Show while shopping for the perfect gifts for your loved ones at pop-up shops housed in Hotel Ella.
  • Free to attend.
  • Drink specials available as well as champagne from the Champagne Supply Co. truck.
  • Mini manicures offered by tenoverten.
  • Includes a special takeaway gift from Hotel Ella.

Salon Series: Turk Pipkin’s Book of the Every-Other Month Club

  • Tuesday, November 28th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Presented by Austin Way and The Nobelity Project.
  • Hotel Ella welcomes author, actor, filmmaker and activist Turk Pipkin for an evening of selected readings from his new book project.
  • Free to attend.
  • Turk Wine will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to The Nobelity Project’s Kenya Schools Fund that provides clean water and electricity to children in Kenya.

These Wreaths are Bananas: Recent Works by Maggie Stephens

  • Friday, December 1st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Join us as we deck the Parlor Bar walls with one-of-a-kind handmade wreaths by local artist Maggie Stephens.
  • Wreaths are on display and available for purchase from December 1st to January 2nd.
  • Free to attend.
  • Complimentary bites and valet parking. Drinks available for purchase.
Santa’s Workshop (Ticket link coming soon)
  • Sundays, December 10th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Free photos with Santa and holiday kids crafts.
    • Toy donations to Caritas. 

Sunday Tea is So Delightful When Hosted by Ballet Austin Guild

Interview Conducted and Written by William Jackson, Chief Business Officer, of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Capacity crowd raised close to $40,000 for the Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund

On Sunday, April 30, a capacity crowd of 270 distinguished guests convened at historic Hotel Ella in bustling downtown Austin, to enjoy Ballet Austin Guild’s presentation of An Afternoon in Wonderland, its first annual Sunday Tea.

Three generations of Arts enthusiasts enjoy Sunday Tea.

A wonderful family of three generations of Arts enthusiasts enjoy Sunday Tea.

Guests enjoyed a delightful selection of finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and scones while sipping on tea and champagne, of course! As a prelude to Ballet Austin’s performance of ALICE (in wonderland), the Guild celebrated with fun decor, costumes and festivities for guests of all ages. Amazing raffle baskets were available with proceeds going to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund. The Guild’s annual spring fundraiser makes classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of their family’s economic situation.  Close to $40,000 was raised during Sunday Tea and the Guild couldn’t be more thrilled.

It’s all about presentation at Sunday Tea! It really is.

Even the young ones were captivated and paid rapt attention.

The young distinguished guests were captivated and paid rapt attention.

The guests were lovely and quite distinguished, indeed.

The guests were lovely and quite distinguished, indeed.

Of Note: 2017 marks the 42nd anniversary of Ballet Austin Guild, a non-profit organization supporting Ballet Austin’s educational and community programs benefiting over 57,000 Central Texans each year.

Before the exciting Sunday Tea commenced, I had the pleasure of chatting with Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild and Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair, and gained insight into what makes them InFluential women people should know, and what’s most thrilling about the Sunday Tea.

Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild.

Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild.

Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair;

Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair.

InFluential Magazine:  What makes you smile with joy? 

Marianna Symeonides:  Giving back to those in need brings me great joy.  Also, it brings me great joy when people use the simple words “Thank You”.  They are such simple words, but they mean so much, to so many.    

Cassandra King:  What makes me smile with joy is whenever I’m with my family and friends.  

 

InFluential:  Marianna, tell us about Ballet Austin Archives.

Marianna:   I moved to Austin in 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in Information Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. For my capstone project, I launched the Ballet Austin Archives. I’ve also had the privilege to work with archival records at the Austin History Center where the Ballet Austin Archives will reside in the near future.

 

InFluential:  Cassandra, what do you consider your most important role as Spring Fundraising Chair?

Cassandra:  I take great pride in having the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective that continues to relate to Ballet Austin Guild and Ballet Austin.  As much as I can, I plan to be a Chair who is actively involved.  With respect to the Spring Tea, my goal was to sell 150 tickets, but we sold 270!  With the support of an amazing team, we more than accomplished our goal.

 

InFluential:  Did you and / or members of your family pursue ballet as an art form?

Marianna:  I’ve studied ballet for a year.

Cassandra:  I studied ballet for 19 years.

 

InFluential:  Why are the arts important to society?

Marianna:  The arts must continue to be an integral part of a diverse and growing society. The arts serve as a means of connecting and engaging people.  And, truly the arts have continued to play an integral role because the positive impact has been part of our society through eons of time.

 

InFluential:  How do you remain inspired?

Cassandra:  What keeps me inspired is being around happy people of all ages, colors and creeds.  The arts provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to come together toward a common goal.  I’m inspired to see this happening and the awesome benefits that result.

 

InFluential:  How do we best keep families enthused about the arts?

Cassandra: What we’re doing through Ballet Austin Guild is continuing to whet the public’s appetite about the happenings within our organization, and that of Ballet Austin.  We’re taking advantage of many media outlets to shine a bright spotlight on what we have planned for this season and beyond.  For example, we’ve had segments on several media outlets where we’ve emphasized that our events are family focused.  Yes, even the guys are very welcomed.  The arts are for everyone.

 

InFluential:  What is the vision for An Afternoon in Wonderland?

Marianna:  Ballet Austin Guild has held a spring fundraiser for 33 years, which is considered a very long time. As such, with the debut of Sunday Tea, we want to bring forth a new concept with a fresh perspective.  It’s important the entire family feels welcomed to participate.

Marianna and Cassandra, your goals were accomplished!  We congratulate you both for a delightful Sunday afternoon providing a wholesome family friendly opportunity to socialize and raise much needed funds in support of Ballet Austin.

Notables in attendance were Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs, along with Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director, Stephen Mills, and Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs and her husband.

Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs and her husband.

Ballet Austin's Artistic Director, Stephen Mills.

Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director, Stephen Mills.

Ballet Austin's Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Ballet Austin’s Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Brianna McKinney, VP of Communications, Ballet Austin Guild and Mary Mandel, PR Co-Chairs, Spring Event, Ballet Austin Guild.

Brianna McKinney, VP of Communications, Ballet Austin Guild and Mary Mandel, PR Co-Chairs, Spring Event,
Ballet Austin Guild.

We look forward with great eagerness for Sunday Tea 2018!

Hotel Ella Yoga & Mimosas

Presented by Hotel Ella + BFREE YOGA
Every Sunday @ 10:30am
Upcoming dates: June 19th & 26th

Treat yourself to some mindfulness and a mimosa this weekend. You’re invited to join Hotel Ella + BFREE YOGA for a summer-long series, Yoga & Mimosas, continuing this Sunday on the Hotel Ella veranda.

Tickets: $20/class
- 1-hour class by a BFREE YOGA instructor
- Complimentary valet parking
- A mimosa after class

BYOM bring your own mat
Sponsored by BFREE YOGA

Celebrating at Love Goodall’s Kitchen

Goodall’s Kitchen is hosting a three-course Valentine’s Day Dinner on Sunday, February 14th from 5-10pm. The special prix fixe menu includes items such as winter squash soup, beef tartare, pan roasted sea scallops and a lemon meringue tart.

Below is the entire prix fixe menu.
 

First Course

WINTER SQUASH SOUP spiced hazelnuts, crème fraîche, fried sage (g)

BLACKENED CARROT SALAD avocado, pickled onion, cilantro, feta (g)

CHILLED LOBSTER almond milk, grapefruit, tarragon, red endive, tomalley dressing (g)

CHARRED OCTOPUS green garbanzo bean, fresno chile, blood orange (g)

BEEF TARTARE farm egg, house mustard, cornichon

Main Course

FALAFEL eggplant, cucumber, lemon, chickpeas (v,g)

BLACK PEPPER TAGLIATELLE braised rabbit, white wine, herb-scented pecorino

GRILLED PORK CHOPS cannellini beans, arugula, parmesan (g)

PAN ROASTED SEA SCALLOPS caramelized spaghetti squash, capers, sultana raisins (g)

LAMB T-BONE panisse, charred onion, salsa verde(g)

GRILLED BEEF SHORT RIB pan roasted wild mushrooms, red wine, pt. reyes blue cheese (g)

Dessert

DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE cherry compote, toasted vanilla ice cream, candied almond, crème fraîche

LEMON MERINGUE TART strawberry and white chocolate gelato, honey sauce, rosemary

The meal is $70/per person and as always, Goodall’s Kitchen offers complimentary valet parking.

Reservations can be made at goodallskitchen.com/contact-reservations.

Celebrating at Goodall’s Kitchen New Year’s Eve Dinner

Hotel Ella (Photograph Courtesy of Jake Holt)

Goodall’s Kitchen (Photograph Courtesy of Jake Holt)

Reservations are now available at one of our favorite dining establishments, Goodall’s Kitchen, for the Goodall’s Kitchen New Year’s Eve dinner on Thursday, December 31 from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. The dinner offers a special prix fixe three course menu for $70 per person that includes chilled lobster, black pepper tagliatelle, a dark chocolate ganache tart and more. Beverages available for purchase.

Reservations are available between 5-11 p.m and as always, there is complimentary valet parking.
See the three course menu below or follow this link for menu & reservation details: http://goodallskitchen.com/menu/new-years-eve.

FIRST COURSE

  • WINTER SQUASH SOUP spiced hazelnuts, crème fraîche, fried sage (g)
  • BLACKENED CARROT SALAD avocado, pickled onion, cilantro, feta (g)
  • CHILLED LOBSTER almond milk, grapefruit, tarragon, red endive, tomalley dressing (g)
  • CHARRED OCTOPUS green garbanzo bean, fresno chile, blood orange (g)
  • BEEF TARTARE farm egg, house mustard, cornichon

MAIN COURSE

  • FALAFEL eggplant, cucumber, lemon, chickpeas (v,g)
  • BLACK PEPPER TAGLIATELLE braised rabbit, white wine, herb-scented pecorino
  • GRILLED PORK CHOPS cannellini beans, arugula, parmesan (g)
  • PAN ROASTED SEA SCALLOPS caramelized spaghetti squash, capers, sultana raisins (g)
  • LAMB T-BONE panisse, charred onion, salsa verde(g)
  • GRILLED BEEF SHORT RIB pan roasted wild mushrooms, red wine, pt. reyes blue cheese (g)

DESSERT

  • DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE TART hazelnut praline, espresso gelato, caramel
  • LIME MADELEINE CAKE vanilla-mint crémeux, passionfruit sorbet, champagne gastrique

Space is limited. See the full menu and make your reservation here: goodallskitchen.com/menu/new-years-eve.

 

Hotel Ella Tailgate / Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!
InFluentials, Hotel Ella will be hosting their last tailgate of the season in their front lawn as the Texas Longhorns take on the Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday, November 7. The tailgate starts at 4:00pm with kickoff at 7:00pm. Ticket includes a complimentary gameday buffet by Goodall’s Kitchen, Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails, beer & wine, shuttles to & from the stadium, and pre-game & game broadcasts.
 
InFluentials, tickets can be found at http://hotelellatailgate.splashthat.com/.
Buffet menu: 
  • Brisket chili
  • Three bean chili
  • Jalapeño cornbread
  • Farmhouse cheddar
  • Onions
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Fritos
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Caramel pecan brownies
  • Cocktails featuring Deep Eddy Vodka and High Brew Coffee

Hashtag: #fancytailgate

Get Ready for Tailgating with Hotel Ella

Photograph courtesy of Jake Holt.

Photograph courtesy of Jake Holt.

The Hotel Ella Tailgate Series returns this fall to cheer on the Longhorns with four custom-crafted tailgate events that coincide with UT’s home football games.

 

Those who purchase tickets to the tailgate series can enjoy a buffet by Goodall’s Kitchen, Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails, beer and wine, shuttles to & from the stadium, and pre-game & game broadcasts on flat-screens under the tent on the Hotel Ella front lawn. 

Sponsors: Horizon Bank, Deep Eddy Vodka

Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 10/24, 11/7

Time: Three hours prior to kickoff

  • 9/12 vs. Rice, Tailgate: 4-7 pm, Kickoff: 7pm

  • 9/19 vs. California, Tailgate 3:30-6:30pm, Kickoff: 6:30pm

  • 10/24 vs. Kansas State, TBD

  • 11/7 vs. Kansas, TBD

Tickets:
  • $50 PER PERSON

  • $175 GAME PACKAGE FOR 1 (all 4 events at a discounted rate)

  • $325 GAME PACKAGE FOR 2 (all 4 events at a discounted rate for 2)

Tickets can be purchased at hotelellatailgate.splashthat.com.

Hotel Ella Announces Redesign of Goodall’s Kitchen

Goodall’s Kitchen Now Taking Reservations

New Waterloo, the Austin-based integrated hospitality management and development company, recently completed a full redesign of both Hotel Ella and its restaurant Goodall’s Kitchen. Goodall’s Kitchen reopens this week with a dining room fully renovated by Waterloo Workshop, New Waterloo’s in-house creative department.

Goodall’s Kitchen features classic American bistro fare and handcrafted cocktails that can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s relaxed bistro-style atmosphere or on the idyllic veranda overlooking the Hotel Ella front lawn. The renovated dining room blends the timelessness of the historic Goodall Wooten House with a modern Austin sensibility.

Executive Chef Michael Paley, formerly of Metropole at the 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati and Proof on Main in Louisville, conceived seasonal menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch. The current menu offers items like deviled eggs with candied bacon, house mustard and chives; carrot bisque with toasted cumin cream, brioche croutons and garden herbs; grilled oysters with lardo, bread crumbs, chimichurri and lemon; tavern steak with Goodall’s fries, aleppo butter and roasted bone marrow; and chocolate soufflé tart with sea salt, almonds and olive oil ice cream. A limited menu and weekday happy hour is also available in the vintage Parlor Bar.

“In todays diverse dining climate, simplicity is key,” says Paley. “Executing clean, bold flavors with a focus on seasonality and quality can wow diners across the board and keep them coming back.”

For reservations, call 512-628-4400 or visit goodallskitchen.com.

Brunch on the Lawn at Hotel Ella Begins on Sunday

Brunch on the Lawn
Saturdays & Sundays
11am-2:30pm
Featuring $6 signature brunch cocktails and lawn games
Live music dates coming soon


This summer, join us for Brunch on the Lawn every Saturday & Sunday at Hotel Ella. Enjoy a bistro menu that includes warm sugar donuts, farm egg frittatas, and $6 signature brunch cocktails, and play games like bocce and cornhole against the backdrop of the historic Goodall Wooten mansion.

Brunch on the Lawn will kickoff this Sunday, June 21st.
See the brunch menu and make your reservation here.

Complimentary Duckhorn Vineyards Tasting with Renee Ary

Meet & Greet Happy Hour with
Renee Ary
Duckhorn Vineyards Winemaker

Join us at a special meet & greet opportunity with Duckhorn Vineyards’ Renee Ary, who is only the fourth winemaker in the vineyard’s four-decade history.

Join us in the Hotel Ella Parlor Bar for a complimentary tasting of Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot. Then enjoy half-price glasses of your favorites: $6 for white, $10 for red.

Hotel Ella
Hotel Ella Parlor Bar
1900 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78705
Friday, April 24th
5-7 p.m.