Monthly Archives: December 2013

Dressler’s Spotlight: Jon Dressler


Jon and Kim Dressler

Jon and Kim Dressler

Meet Jon Dressler of Dressler’s Restaurant. When Jon and his wife Kim opened their first Dressler’s Restaurant in 2003 in Birkdale Village (the Metro location opened in 2010), their goal was to create a beautiful and welcoming setting where their guests could eat wonderful food and feel like a part of their family. Over the past ten years, they have accomplished just that! 

What do you like about owning Dressler’s? ”Actually, my wife owns the restaurant, I just work here! I love meeting great people, visiting the wine country, and of course eating at Dressler’s!”

What are some of the challenges of running a successful restaurant? ”Every day presents a different set of challenges. It is always dynamic…but that makes it fun too!”

Do you like to cook? ”Love to eat, love to cook!”

What are some of your favorite dishes to eat at Dressler’s? ”Calamari, Heart of Ribeye, and anything my mother makes for dessert!”

What do you think are some of the customers’ favorites? ”Halibut, Calamari, and my bad jokes.”

What qualities make Dressler’s an exceptional restaurant? ”We have very caring and passionate people that work with us, and who truly enjoy serving our wonderful guests.”

Why do people like dining at Dressler’s? ”We create a very familial atmosphere for both our staff and guests. People enjoy the hospitable treatment that we offer.”

What do you like most about your job? “I love the personal interaction with different people every day and I love my days off on the golf course!”

Chef’s Corner

Welcome to Chef’s Corner. Each month, we feature an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and adult beverage from Dressler’s Restaurant. Here is this month’s selections.

chefscornerdecemberAppetizer: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake – This is one of our most popular items! It’s a traditional Maryland crab cake with jumbo lump crab meat, whole grain mustard, Old Bay, lemon juice, and fresh herbs. Chef Scott pan sears the crab cakes and serves with fresh organic greens, half a lemon, and a pecan-honey remoulade. Enjoy as an appetizer or an entrée.

Entrée: Heart of Ribeye – Chef has our butcher take the best part of a certified angus beef ribeye steak and cut it into beautiful 8-ounce steaks.  The “heart” has all the flavor of a ribeye without the extra “cap.”  We use a house blend of blackening season to give the steak a nice crust before topping with a Maytag blue cheese butter. We serve it with a few spears of grilled asparagus and duck fat-fried fingerling potatoes.

Dessert: Mom’s Carrot Cake – This is the last of Momma Joan’s trio of amazing desserts and undoubtedly one of our favorites.  After Joan and Phil make the cakes, we ice with a simple but delicious cream cheese frosting, and top it all off with a handful of chopped walnuts.  Do you have a carrot cake lover in your circle of family and friends? Order a whole cake to take home with you!

Adult Beverage: C.V.B.C.Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky bourbon is infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and sour cherries.  Brian Lorusso (our bar manager at the Metro) keeps the bourbon in a large glass container in a dark, cool area of the restaurant, as Lou Reed albums play in the background for the entire three-week process.  After he strains the bourbon, he serves it on the rocks with a skewer of the drunken cherries.

Tips for Planning a Holiday Dinner Party

Are you hosting a dinner party during the holidays? Dinner parties are meant to be fun, not stressful. The key to a successful dinner party is being prepared and organized so you will be able to enjoy a wonderful evening with family and friends.

Here are some dinner party planning tips to help you get started.

  • Make your guest list and decide on a reasonable number, whatever that may be for you. Be sure to include people that you really want to spend time with and try to choose guests that will get along with each other.
  • Choose a serving style–sit-down, buffet, or cocktail party. This will help determine the types of food you will be serving your guests.
  • Plan your menu. This includes beverages, appetizers, soup/salad, main course, side dishes, and desserts. Choose foods that you love to prepare and eat! This makes the entire process a lot more enjoyable. Be aware of any food allergies/restrictions that your guests may have.
  • Plan ahead. Go grocery shopping and clean your house several days before your party so you can focus on preparing the food. Set the table or arrange the buffet station. Make sure the table linens are ready. Set the coffee maker so it is ready to brew just before dessert. Set up a beverage station so guests can help themselves. Dishes that can be prepared in advance are great time-savers.
  • Set the mood for a festive and relaxing evening with soft lighting, great music, and plenty of seating. Add some fresh flowers and candles to your traditional holiday decor.
  • Get yourself ready an hour before guests are due to arrive.
  • Pour yourself a glass of wine, greet your guests, and enjoy the party!

Does all this preparation sound overwhelming? Why not bring Dressler’s Restaurant home for the evening? Let us cater your house party. Happy Holidays!

How to Throw a Christmas Dinner Party

Dinner Party Checklist

Holiday Menus

Celebrate Christmas in Charlotte

Charlotte is the perfect place to renew your Christmas spirit. Experiencing the magic of the season is really quite simple: spend time with your loved ones, soak up the beauty around you, listen to inspiring music, and savor the taste of delicious food. Happy Holidays from our team at Dressler’s Restaurant.

Here are great family-friendly activities to try this month.

Helms Christmas Tree Farm

Helms Christmas Tree Farm, Vale, NC

Cut your own Christmas tree. This is one the kids really love! Don’t forget the camera–all those rosy cheeks and big smiles are perfect for this year’s Christmas card.

Enjoy the holiday light displays at Christmas Town USA and Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

Visit the Billy Graham Library to see a live nativity scene, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, listen to Christmas carolers, and hear Christmas stories.

At the Christmas Wonderland of Lights, kids enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo, roast marshmallows, and see more than 3.5 million holiday lights spread across two miles.

Holiday on Ice

Holiday on Ice, NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Go ice skating.

Volunteer. Make the holidays a little better for others in your community.

Of course, there are plenty of things you can do with your family and friends without even leaving your home.

Bake holiday treats-Nothing beats the wonderful aroma of holiday goodies wafting through the air, except maybe eating them.

Watch Christmas movies together–Snuggle on the couch and enjoy some of the season’s favorite holiday movies.

Decorate your home for the holidays. Make this an annual event, complete with steaming hot cocoa and the sounds of Christmas music.

Check out these sites for some more great holiday events!

2013 Holiday Tree Lightings and Parades

Family Events Calendar-Charlotte Parent

Holiday Fun in Charlotte

Charlotte Christmas Events-Charlotte Observer