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Wine Lovers Weekend
at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
March 20-22, 2015


In 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment took effect pronoucing all of America "dry". Suddenly, the manufacture, sale and transportation of any form of alcoholic beverage was illegal.

Drinking was pushed underground and many saw the ban as an opportunity to open a speakeasy to sell illegal drinks and make a profit.  One might seal their fortune so long as they didn't lose their life in the process.

2014 Wine Lovers Highlights
Explore the food and drink of this infamous time in history. Discover how prohibition had an unintended effect on drinking and a profound influence on the way Americans eat today.

The time period gave birth to the concept of cocktails (flavored concoctions which masked the taste of swiftly distilled spirits), finger food (small amounts of foods served throughout the night which increased liquor tolerance and ensured inebriated party-goers didn't draw attention) and the elusive speakeasy.

This one-of-a-kind Wine Lovers Weekend package is only available on March 20-22, 2015. It is a collaboration between The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel and Galena’s finest family of restaurants - Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill, One Eleven Main and Vinny Vanucchi’s 'Little Italy'.

Available one weekend earlier than the community Wine Lovers Weekend celebration, this package includes gourmet meals; fine wines, spirits and cocktails; a tour of Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.; two nights accommodations; a shuttle between The Irish Cottage and the dinners/tour, plus the following:

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

"Salute to the End of Prohibition" Welcome Reception
The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
at The Auld Dubliner Lounge - 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Step up to the bar and salute iconic beverages that survived one of America's infamous moments in history. During the welcome reception, we'll crack open a "rare" liquor cask set aside just for this event. It's said urban legend Al Capone himself drank from this wooden cask. (No, not really...it's just our excuse to have some fun!)

Enjoy samples from vineyards, distilleries and breweries which managed to stay in business not only through the 1920s and early 1930s of Prohibition, but have survived until today. Mingle with old friends or meet new acquaintances, the welcome reception is a great beginning to a fabulous weekend.

Beverages served:

To be announced.

"Mama in Cucina, Papà di nel Seminterrato" Dinner
("Mama's in the Kitchen, Papa's in the Basement" Dinner)
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - 8:00 to 10:30 p.m.
Shuttle service provided

Many speakeasies were opened by Italian immigrants. Mama ran the kitchen while papa was in the basement making wine. For most Americans, a visit to an Italian-American speakeasy was their first introduction to Italian food; however, mama wasn't serving traditional dishes from the Old Country. Working with local ingredients and adapting recipes to please the clientele, hybrid dishes began to take shape. Americans enjoyed proteins and immigrants were happy to oblige.  Meatballs, rich meat sauces, seafood, pastas and cheeses were served in abundance. The Italian food Americans are familiar with today was born!

During the years of Prohibition, vineyards struggled to keep their wineries open and many were forced out of operation. However, Concannon Vineyard and Beaulieu Vineyard secured contracts to supply sacramental wine to churches. With the ability to keep equipment working and maintain a limited distribution network, these vineyards kept their reputation alive and when Prohibition was repealed their tanks were already filled with wine and ready to be sold to the masses.     Complete menu information

Wines & Cocktail served:

Concannon Vineyard Petite Syrah
Concannon Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Savignon
"The Real McCoy" Rum Runner

Live Entertainment – Katie Sullivan
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 7:30 p.m.


Hot Boutique Breakfast
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"What's the Secret Password" Lunch
The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

It didn't take much to set up a speakeasy—all you needed was a bottle of booze and a couple of chairs. Operating out of stores, backrooms, family basements, and even soda shops and candy stores, speakeasies popped up every where.

At a rural speakeasy a flavorful slow-cooked or braised meat with a side of potatoes might be enjoyed in the front room while moonshine was being chugged in the basement under the cover of darkness and the constant threat of a police raid hovering over.

Whether it was called moonshine, white lightening, mountain dew, hooch or white whiskey, the high-proof distilled spirit being served was illegal. Imbibing was done in secret places that only people who were truly in the know were aware of. These hidden establishments operated behind unmarked fronts and were entered through secret doors outfitted with peep holes. Access was gained only if you could answer one question correctly -- "What's the Secret Password?"   Complete menu information.

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Tour & Spirit Tasting
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Galena, Illinois - 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. is a local distillery founded by two brothers looking to create a truly unique product and experience. Visit the distillery and learn the process these two went through to create Blaum Bros Lead Mine Moonshine. Tour includes a spirit tasting.

"The Great Gatsby" Dinner
One Eleven Main - 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Shuttle service provided

Nothing captures the wild and carefree time period of the roaring twenties quite like F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby."  Millionaire Jay Gatsby devoted his life to accumulating riches and his fortune was evident in the lavish bashes he threw at his mansion every weekend.

Ladies put on your flapper dress and make your man look dapper with some wing-tipped shoes and a Fedora hat, for one night only join us for a party that would excite even Jay Gatsby.

We'll time travel back to one of the rowdiest periods in American history with a cocktail reception on the 3rd floor of One Eleven Main followed by a formal dinner on the second floor.  Our glitzy Great Gatsby dinner party features a fine selection of period appetizers, a classic salad with chilled soup, and show-stopping ham roast—a feast fit for Mr. Gatsby himself.

Period-appropriate dress encouraged, but not required.

Complete menu information

Cocktails served:

Prohibition Punch
Champagne Brut
Pichot Vouvray
Classic Manhattan

Live Entertainment – Katie Sullivan
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015

Hot Boutique Breakfast
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill - 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Package rates start at $359.00/person + tax based on double occupancy.

Due to the high demand for this package, a $250.00 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is required. The $250.00 deposit is applied to the total purchase price of the package. A confirmation letter including a receipt for the $250.00 deposit will be sent within days of the reservation.