Weekend Plans: A Meal and A Museum

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Today is International Museum Day and it’s the perfect excuse to plan an active and educational day with the entire family. Make a reservation at Copper Canyon Grill or Stanford Grill this weekend to add a delicious meal to your itinerary. We are sure the whole family will love this idea!

Stop by for Sunday brunch and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring a local museum. You can also pay us a visit during lunch or dinner after spending a day of learning on Saturday. In honor of International Museum Day, we are sharing some local museums close to each of our locations in Maryland and Orlando.

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Gaithersburg, MD | Glenstone: A modern art museum seamlessly integrating art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment to form a unique connection between art and visitor.

Glenarden, MD | Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center: Local museum celebrating and inspiring the community through the cultivation, preservation, and presentation of the cultural and artistic contributions of African Americans in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Silver Spring, MD | National Museum of Health and Medicine: Pioneering museum established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, a center for the collection of specimens for research in military medicine and surgery.

Orlando, FL | SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology: A unique museum with many animal skeletons celebrating vertebrate life by providing guests with an engaging adventure full of discovery, with the hopes that through education, we will help cultivate an appreciation of the natural world and ultimately lead to conservation for the future.

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Columbia, MD | National Cryptologic Museum: This National Security Agency’s museum highlights code-making artifacts and exhibits. The museum houses a collection of thousands of artifacts that collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession.

Rockville, MD | Beall-Dawson Museum: A restored 19th-century abode built circa 1815 for Upton Beall and his wife and daughters. Beall, from a prominent Georgetown family, was Clerk for the Court of the county, and he wanted a home that would reflect his wealth and statues.

A walk around an interesting museum and a delicious meal at your favorite Copper Canyon Grill or Stanford Grill sound like the perfect weekend plans to us! Join us this weekend and bring the whole family. We can’t wait to hear everything that you learned at the museum!

Military Spouse Appreciation Date Night

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Here at the Blueridge Group, we have a deep respect and appreciation for the military and the people who serve their country. However, we also believe that you don’t have to necessarily be in uniform to serve. The unsung heroes are all the wives and husbands that support, take care of, and patiently wait at home for their loved ones. This is why we want to take Military Spouse Appreciation Day as an opportunity to highlight the work they do for their partners and, in turn, for our country.

Are you in the military? This weekend, say “thank you” and “I love you” to your better half by planning a date night (or day!) with us. Our elegant ambiance, freshly made dishes, and friendly service will make your outing a delight. Plan a lunch al fresco, as most of our locations have outdoor seating, and stay refreshed with our selection of handcrafted cocktails.

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Or… keep it classic with a romantic night out and stop by for a delicious dinner. Both our Stanford Grill locations and the Copper Canyon Grill location in Glenarden offer live Jazz music from 6-9 pm for even more of those romantic vibes. Finish your meal by sharing a sweet dessert that’ll keep both your hearts warm and happy. Another option? Stop by for Sunday brunch for a relaxed vibe and a complimentary beverage.

No matter the type of date you go for, we encourage you to celebrate your military spouse today and always! Make a reservation today at your favorite Stanford Grill or Copper Canyon Grill today. We can’t wait to welcome you both this weekend!

Lunch in Rockville

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Lunch tends to be overlooked during the week, but it is such an important meal! Studies show that getting away from your desk and taking a real lunch break makes you more productive and creative for the rest of the afternoon, and we know how essential a good meal is to your general mood and happiness. Whether you’re working away on a project or taking a day off to relax, we have everything you need for a wonderful lunch in Rockville!

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Whether you’re in the mood for our famous Wood-Fired Rotisserie Chicken, a fresh plate from the sushi bar, or one of our delicious salads, we guarantee you’ll thank yourself for choosing to eat well at Stanford Grill for lunch. With validated and convenient parking, lunch can be quick – but we won’t blame you if you want to stay and linger over a delicious dessert and mug of French Press!

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Whether you’re meeting for business or meeting up with friends, join us at Stanford Grill Tower Oaks and make every meal count. Book today! http://bit.ly/BookSG

Summer Menu Items

We shared a post a few weeks ago about summer eats and what we crave, and now we’re back to share some more summer eats! These items are all from the Copper Canyon Grill Summer Menu, so get ’em while they’re hot!

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New in a starter portion, try our much-loved Coca Cola Ribs as an appetizer on your next visit! These ribs are slowly braised and sauced until they are falling off the bone in sticky, tangy perfection.

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Lunch is served! On your next lunch break, dig in to our Kent Island Fish Sandwich with crispy cod, slaw, and dill pickles, served with a field greens salad. We guarantee you’ll be back for more.

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We’re firm believers that salad doesn’t have to be boring. Start your meal off with our Roasted Beet Wedge Salad for a taste of summer!

Have you tried any of these items yet? We want to know what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.

Gaithersburg Lunch Special

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 9.52.20 AMThere’s nothing more classic than a Cheeseburger washed down with a classic Coca Cola! Join us all summer in Gaithersburg for this classic lunch special: the Stanford Cheeseburger, fries, and icy bottled Coke for only $12! We are also offering complimentary valet parking at lunch in Gaithersburg, so take advantage of this great deal and join us for lunch!

Father’s Day to-go!

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 1.20.34 PMFather’s Day is just a few weeks away, and we can’t wait to celebrate the amazing dads in our lives! For all they do for us, it’s time to give something back. Whether you’ll spend the day out on a boat, in the park, at home, or with the whole family, order dad’s favorites to-go from Stanford Grill or Copper Canyon Grill and make it a day he won’t forget! From Spare Ribs to Sliders, we’re offering some of our most popular plates for this special day – so when you make your Father’s Day plans, make sure you include us!

The Origin of the French Dip Sandwich

You know the French Dip… the warm roast beef sandwich served on a baguette and dipped into the beef broth (“au jus”) at your will?  It would seem to be very obvious to claim that it originated in France but… it wasn’t!  The French Dip was actually formulated in Los Angeles, CA in 1908!

We know, that information surprised us as well.  Something even more interesting though is that there is actually an ongoing battle between two LA restaurants (both established in the year 1908) regarding who created it!  The battling establishments, Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet and Philippe the Original, still exist to this day and opening claim their rights to brag about the birth of the French Dip Sandwich. The most popular story of how the American favorite came to be is of Philippe Mathieu, who was making a sandwich for a police officer and accidently dropped it into the pan of meat drippings.  The officer thoroughly enjoyed the masterpiece, and its popularity has been growing ever since.  Both restaurants refuse to budge when boasting their contribution to the sandwich world, but who can blame them?

We may never solve the mystery of the originator of the French Dip, but as long as we can still enjoy its juicy and delicious existence, we don’t mind!

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Mother’s Day Brunch

If there is anyone in this world who deserves a day dedicated to them, it’s our moms.  Luckily for them, Mother’s Day is tomorrow which is Sunday, our favorite day of the week!  We can’t think of a better way to bring the family together than our Sunday Brunch.  At our Silver Spring, MD Copper Canyon location and at Stanford, you and your family can celebrate the most special lady in your life over sweet offerings like our French Toast with caramelized bananas and Grand Marnier cream sauce or a Triple Stack of either blueberry or banana nut pancakes.  Of course, if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, our other breakfast classics such as Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Omelets, and even Filet Mignon Benedict should be equally enticing!

Did we mention the complimentary refreshments? Everything from coffee, orange juice, and tea to Bloody Marys, Bellinis, Screwdrivers and Mimosas!

Mom’s always deserve the best, and for this year’s Mother’s Day, let us provide her with the “breakfast in bed” while you get to enjoy her company.

Don’t forget to make your reservations!

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