16 Main St, Saluda NC 28773 (828)749-1179
16 Main St, Saluda NC 28773 (828)749-1179
November marks the 16th anniversary of the birth of The Purple Onion. When we opened the doors in November of 1998, Lynn and I knew we wanted to create a place for friends and family to come together for good food, good conversation and live music, however, the minutiae of operating a restaurant presented us with an enormous learning curve. We discovered this quite quickly as the doors opened that first day and our mother, along with a majority of the Saluda Women’s Club membership, poured through the front door eager to demonstrate their support of our new venture. We have obviously come a long way since that six table juice bar and coffee shop and have many to thank.
In celebration of 16 years of good food, good conversation and live music, we wish to express our gratitude once again to our many friends, customers, musicians, farmers and staff who have helped the Onion to flourish for 16 years. A special thanks goes out to my husband and number one supporter Stoney Lamar, who as he puts it, has been “married to the place” all these years. Also, to longtime friend Robert Seiler, who has booked the entertainment from the beginning and keeps our music calendar filled with a talented and varied array of performers. Finally, thanks to sister, Lynn, who had the crazy notion to open a restaurant in the first place. We are blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. Thank you.
What's Happening in December
It’s a busy season but mark your calendars now so you don’t miss our monthly wine tasting or our fabulous lineup of live music. Fred Whiskin will be tickling the ivories every Friday night beginning at 7 pm. On Friday, December 12 Robert Seiler will also be taking a turn at the old Steinway so that we can enjoy continuous music throughout the Hometown Christmas celebration. Please see below for our December music calendar.
French Wine Tasting
with Thomas Meunier from Authentique Vin
Tuesday 16, December 2014, 06:30pm
Join us Tuesday, December 16 @ 6:30 for an evening of French wine with Thomas Meunier, from Authentique Vin and Allen Clark from Empire Distributing. Originally from France, Meunier started his wine career at Domaine Frederick Mabileau in the Loire Valley as their international sales manager. During his six years at Mabileau, working closely with a family that had made wine for four generations, Meunier was able to witness firsthand the energy, story, and love that went into the wines. He began developing a plan to start his own importing business focused on family owned wineries, making sustainably produced wines that expressed their place, their maker, and their culture. His efforts have proven an impressive showing, with beautiful wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Languedoc, the Rhone and the Loire Valley.
In order to provide ample time for guests to talk with Thomas about his wines, seating will be limited so make your reservations soon. We will begin with a lovely sparkling Vouvray brut which may be my new affordable go-to bubbles for the holidays. We follow with a Muscadet, a Pouilly-Fuisse, a rose, then, four of our other favorite French reds, finishing up with an outstanding Crozes-Hermitage. Whether a Francophile or just someone who enjoys well made wine, this is not one to miss. It is an excellent opportunity to buy some classic French wines, unavailable on grocery store shelves, all made from organically grown grapes and perfect for gifts or holiday gatherings. The cost for the evening will be $49 which includes a taste of eight wines and hors d'oeuvres chosen to pair with them.
LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR
November 29 – Patrick Fitzsimons www.patrickfitzsimons.com
“A one-man-band whose fingerpicking guitar style is often accompanied by a bass drum and hi-hat as well as harmonica
and his slinky voice, he can keep it all together and delivers a homespun, bluesy folk jazz blend that is right on the money.”
December 4 – Scoot Pittman www.scootmusic.com
When Scoot is in the house, you know you will be having a great evening of music as
he draws you into his incredible songs and energy.
December 6 – The Bad Popes www.badpopes.com
A versatile band playing everything from western swing to rock to straight up country
December 11 – Jimmy Landry www.reverbnation.com/jimmylandry
Jimmy has a song entitled “Life Is Good” which is exactly how you will feel at the end ofan eveningin the embrace of a memorable voice and hispassionate enthusiasmfor music
December 13 – Shane Pruitt Band www.shanepruittband.com
This band lives and breathes the blues and gospeland embodies a regional tradition while bringing
its original tone and flare to every performance
December 18 – Red Honey www.theredhoney.com
bearing a sound dubbed as the secret love child of Johnny Cash and Grace Slick, this band was
a huge hit when they appeared earlier this year
December 20 – Ragged Orchids www.reverbnation/raggedorchids
A unique blend of Americana, alt-country and pop with a melodic style that is complemented by a poignant lyric sense and enduring harmonies
December 25 – CHRISTMAS – NO MUSIC
December 27 – Clay Ross – www.clayross.com
Making his annual year-end appearance with us, “this very deft guitarist has a rich vocabulary
of folk, blues and jazz at his disposal”Wall Street Journal
New Year’s Eve 2014 at the Purple Onion
Special New Year’s Eve Menu
Fred Whiskin on Piano Playing Blues to Brubeck 5:00 – 7:00
Music with the Shana Blake Band 9:00 – 12:30
$65 (plus tax and gratuity) Four Course Dinner & Show includes champagne toast @ midnight
$25 Show Only (includes music and champagne toast @ midnight)
A limited number of seats are available after 9 PM on a first come first serve basis for show only tickets.
Dinner reservations will have their table for the entire evening.
Reservations required for both seatings.
Credit Card required to hold reservation
The Purple Onion will be closed Christmas Day. We will also close from January 1 through January 7 for cleaning and maintenance.