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!


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.


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.


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.

Summer Favorites at Copper Canyon Grill

Do you have a certain dish that you begin to crave every time summer rolls around? From grilled favorites to fresh vegetables, summer calls for bold flavors – perhaps even some spice! Here are a few of our favorites from our summer menu – come on in and try for yourself!


Shrimp & Grits with smoky Andouille sausage, jumbo shrimp, aromatic vegetables, blackening seasoning and fresh tomato, all resting in creamy white grits. Who doesn’t want to spend a summer in New Orleans? Try this dish and you’ll be transported there for the evening!


Rotisserie Chicken Salad with rotisserie chicken, mixed greens, black beans, tomatoes, jicama, corn, Monterey Jack, chipotle-bleu dressing, avocado, & BBQ sauce. This one is self-explanatory; bring back old summer memories of making Barbecue chicken and eating corn on the cob in the backyard!

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Key Lime Pie. This citrusy dessert is the perfect balance of rich and light, so you don’t have to worry about eating a heavy dessert in the heat. Tangy yet sweet, this is the ultimate summer treat!

Do you have a summer favorite at Copper Canyon Grill? Share in the comments!

#LoveStanfordGrill and #LoveCopperCanyon Contests

We are so lucky to have the best customers around – you constantly engage and are enthusiastic about visiting the Blue Ridge Group restaurants and letting us know what your favorite dishes are!


Now we want to reward those sharing their photos with us on Instagram. Those who tag @StanfordGrill and use the hashtag #LoveStanfordGrill in a photo of their favorite Stanford Grill dessert will be entered into a pool to win a $50 gift card towards their next visit!


Similarly, those who tag @CopperCanyonGrill and use the hashtag #LoveCopperCanyon in a photo of their favorite Copper Canyon Grill dessert will also be entered into a pool to win a $50 gift card to Copper Canyon.

So hurry up and start tagging us in your best dessert photos for a chance to win!

The Perfect Summer Snack for the Kids

During the summer, kids playing outside all day can really work up an appetite. Satisfy your kids cravings between meals with this easy summer snack idea!


Perfect for a tea party or spring picnic with your little ones, just bring bite-sized pieces of Rice Krispies Treats onto skewers with your favorite fresh fruits!


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED marshmallows OR 4 cups JET-PUFFED miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
  • 32 pieces of fresh fruit such as strawberries, kiwi, grapes, etc.
  • 16 (12-inch-long) wooden skewers


  • In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  • Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.
  • Alternately thread cereal squares and fruit onto skewers. Best if served the same day.

Quick-And-Easy Pool Party Recipes

It’s that time of year again! Summer is knocking on the door and that means it is officially pool party season. At Copper Canyon Grill and Stanford Grill, we know how great a pool party with the family and friends can be so we decided to provide you with a few quick-and-easy recipes to plan the absolute perfect pool party!

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Speedy Guacamole


  • 4 avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt
  • Tortilla chips (for serving)


  • In a medium bowl, combine avocados, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. With a fork, gently mash until guacamole reaches desired consistency. Season with coarse salt. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Watermelon Margaritas


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 wide strips orange zest
  • 12 ounces watermelon cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup white or silver tequila
  • Lime wedges


  • In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, and orange zest to boil over high. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes. Let syrup cool in a bowl. In a blender, puree watermelon cubes until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids, into a pitcher (you should have about 1 cup juice). Stir in syrup, lime juice, and tequila. Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with lime wedges.

Summers are for Bucket Lists

Summertime and the living is easy… The long, lazy days of summer are almost here and it’s time to prepare! Beach weather, watermelons, ice cream trucks, fireworks, barbecues and flip flops are all making their way onto the scene. How are you going to make this summer the best one yet?


Here at Copper Canyon Grill and Stanford Grill, family is very important to us. Some of the best memories are made with friends and family! Remember when you were a kid and you would start planning all of the things you were going to do during the summer even before the bell signaling the end of the year had rung? Well, this year, you can recreate that feeling with a summer bucket list for the family! The options are endless, but here are a few of our favorites to add to your list.

  1. Build a sand castle
  2. Play beach volleyball
  3. Make homemade lemonade
  4. Go on a road trip
  5. Have a 4th of July barbecue
  6. Watch the fireworks on the 4th of July
  7. Stop by a farmer’s market
  8. Go to a baseball game
  9. Go to an outdoor concert or theater performance
  10. Go to a drive-in movie theater
  11. Spend one whole day barefoot
  12. Take a nap on a hammock
  13. Go camping
  14. Go on a nature hike
  15. Host or attend a pool party

So if you do one thing this summer, make a bucket list! It may just make the summer of 2014 your best one yet.

The Art of Muddling

Summer is just around the corner and that means cocktail season is officially underway! The perfect drink will make your summer bash, but you won’t get anywhere without knowing how to muddle. If you’re a fan of our Uptown Old Fashioned then you know firsthand how effective muddling can be. Our take on a classic high ball, it is made with muddled orange and is absolutely delicious.


Muddling is the pressing or crushing of herbs and fruit used in cocktails—drop your fresh ingredients into the bottom of the glass, muddle gently, and then add alcohol. It may sound simple, but there’s an art to muddling that can make or break your hostess reputation.

The trick when it comes to muddling is to lightly press fruit just three times in order to release enough flavor for the cocktail without smashing the fruit. Also never add an herb until the last remaining press to ensure that the herb doesn’t add a bitter taste to the cocktail. Finally, don’t forget that appearance is important. You don’t want your guests to be drinking something that resembles a swamp! So if you learn one thing this summer, learn how to muddle. You may not be a mixologist but your guests will surely mistake you for one.

How to: create your own cocktails


Have you sampled our famous cocktails at any of our locations? How about experimenting and making some of your own at home this summer?

To make fantastic, creative cocktails, a half-dozen base spirits and a few mixers will not only allow you to turn out a surprising number of cocktail classics but also give you enough to tinker with to come up with some cool drinks of your own.

The Liquors

Cognac: For sidecars, brandy milk punches, crustas, daisies, and smashes.

White Rum: For daiquiris and mojitos.

Gin: For martinis, gin and tonics, Tom Collinses, etc.

Bourbon: For Manhattans, old fashioneds, and whiskey sours.

Vodka: Vodka is the workhorse of the liquor cabinet, used in basic drinks such as vodka tonics, screwdrivers, and the vodka martini.

Tequila: For margaritas, sunrises, and palomas. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent agave; check the label.

The Mixers

Cointreau: A bar essential — clean, full of natural orange flavor, and not too sweet.

Red Vermouth: For Manhattans.

White Vermouth: Essential for truly sublime martinis.

Bitters: Bitters are used not to make the drink taste bitter but to help other flavors blend.