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Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, 2017 at Landmark Restaurant

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant is serving a delicious 3-course Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8. Landmark is well known for it’s elaborate multi-course meals, and brunch is no exception!

The first course includes a choice of Creamy Swiss Onion Soup, Baby Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, or Sherry-poached Winter Fruits, along with fresh bakery and house-made preserves.

The entrée choices include: Crab Cakes Benedict (with smoked paprika, hollandaise and pan roasted potatoes), Double Smoked Ham and Swiss Strata with Bacon, Broiled White Fish with Manchego and Saffron Jasmine Rice, Pork Roulade with Spinach, Basil, Feta and Sundried Tomatoes and Wild Rice Pilaf, and
Champagne Chicken with Roasted Mushrooms.

Your server will describe the Mother’s Day desserts, which include the classic Turtle Sundae, French Silk Pie, Vanilla Pot du Creme with an Almond Florentine Cookie, and Bumbleberry Sorbet with fresh Berries.

Cost is $24.50/person plus tax and gratuity. Seatings from 10am to 2pm. Space is limited! Please call 715-779-5111 to reserve Brunch at Old Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant.

New CD Available in time for the Holidays!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

New CD from Old Rittenhouse Inn SingersThe Old Rittenhouse Inn Singers are releasing their 3rd CD, and it will arrive just in time for the Holidays. The recording, entitled “Sing A New Song,” features 21 tracks of holiday music that was recorded last winter at Bayfield’s Holy Family Catholic Church.

The Choral group was created in the mid-1970’s  by Old Rittenhouse Innkeepers Jerry and Mary Phillips, former music teachers who longed to create a “Madrigal Dinner” at their Inn for the holiday season. Their first “Wassail Dinner Concert was a huge success, and started a tradition that has lasted nearly 40 years.

During that journey, the Old Rittenhouse Inn Singers have performed hundreds of live concerts at the Inn, at various churches and community centers, and also at the annual Bayfield Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony (held Nov. 29 this year).

Choral Director Jerry Phillips says, “this new CD represents where the Old Rittenhouse Inn Singers are today: a seasoned, professional group that has been around for almost 40 years. This group has logged hundreds of performances, and they are no strangers to the recording process, so everything went very smoothly. We had a lot of fun, and I think it shows.”

The new release is scheduled to arrive at the Inn on December 8, a few days after the start of our Wassail Dinner Concert season. It is available for purchase at the Old Rittenhouse Inn and online at

We are taking Pre-Orders now, please call 715-779-5111

A New Cookbook for the Old Rittenhouse Inn

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Old Rittenhouse Inn Cookbook Recipes

New Cookbook Arrives in July

Here at the Inn, the excitement is building for the impending release of our new cookbook! After nearly two years of hard work, The Old Rittenhouse Inn Cookbook: Meals and Memories from the Historic Bayfield B&B will soon arrive.

The book is a cooking tool and a souvenir highlighting the Bayfield area and the Inn itself. As you’d expect, our favorite recipes are featured: breakfast dishes, appetizers, soups, salads, sorbet, entrees and side dishes, desserts and cocktails.

In addition, readers will also discover the “inn-sider” history of the Old Rittenhouse Inn as well as many funny stories, memories and photos from our beginnings as a five room Bed & Breakfast to the twenty room Inn and gourmet restaurant of today.

Old Rittenhouse Inn Recipes - Rum Baba

Rum Baba with Poached Apples and Cider Syrup

Making the Cut
Recipes for the book were chosen because they are signature dishes that are frequently served at Landmark Restaurant and/or requested by guests, or because the main ingredients are raised or harvested locally. A few of the recipes are “classic” dishes from our first cookbook, Favorite Recipes from the Old Rittenhouse Inn, developed in 1992 by original chef and owner/innkeeper Mary Phillips.

Where Do I Find the Book?
The cookbook will be available at all the usual outlets including regional bookstores, Barnes & Noble, etc. within the next week. Signed copies are available at the Old Rittenhouse Inn and through our web site beginning July 17th, 2014.

Party Time!
A Book Release Party is set for Wednesday, July 30 here at the Inn, with hors oeuvres and a cash bar from 3pm to 6pm. Author Mark Phillips and major content contributors Matt Chingo (our executive chef) and Julie Phillips (our resident mixologist) will be on hand to visit and sign copies. Space is limited, so if you’d like to attend, please RSVP to today and let us know!

Old Rittenhouse Inn Recipes - Pork

Roast Pork with Apple Cider Marmalade Glaze and Wild Rice Pilaf

Rittenhouse Home Cooking on Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Christmas Dinner at Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, WIOur little Innkeeping family here at the Rittenhouse Inn is very excited for Christmas Eve this year. We have given most of the staff the weekend off to be with friends and family, so our family is cooking and serving dinner this Saturday. For this special meal, we’ll prepare favorite dishes from our 35 years. In a nod to our long tradition of verbally recited menus, we decided to describe the meal in this blog entry much the way we would describe it at your table, so here goes:

We’ll start with a few delicious soups to choose from. First is Chicken Amandine, a sweet and rich cream and chicken stock with tender cubes of chicken breast, steamed wild rice, slivered almonds and a splash of Amaretto. The other choice is a long-time favorite, the Mushroom Burgundy. Here we begin with a rich beef and veal stock, adding fresh herbs, button and shiitake mushrooms, and burgundy wine. It is a clear soup served piping hot and rich with flavor.

For the salad course, the first choice is a spicy mixed greens salad lightly seasoned and tossed with balsamic vinaigrette and dressed with goat cheese, slivered almonds, and dried cranberries. The other choice is a classic spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, hard boiled egg, purple onion, and crumbled bacon.

The sorbet course is still up in the air as of this writing, but we are leaning toward a fresh pomegranite sorbet with champagne float.

Christmas Dinner with Prok at Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, WIThe entrée course features five selections to choose from. First, our Roast Pork Loin with Apple Cider Glaze is slow roasted till fork tender, and is one of our long-time favorites. Poulet au Fromage is another: a white breast of hen stuffed with a trio of artisan cheeses, cream cheese, fresh herbs, and spinach. We also offer one of owner Jerry Phillips’ specialties: tender braised short ribs with a red wine and herb pan reduction, roast garlic mashers, gingered cranberries, and squash soufflé. From Lake Superior, we offer our lake trout and whitefish braids, dusted with mild cajun reddening, baked, and served with lemon vinaigrete and savory wild rice. Finally, we offer our classic Steak Bercy, a pan seared filet mignon with a sauce of garlic, shallots, veal demi glacé and red wine reduction.

Desserts include our inimitable sundaes: Hot Fudge, Rum, and Turtle. We’re also baking fresh Cherry pies and Black Bottom Bourbon pies, as well as our molten chocolate truffle cake.

Top all that off with your favorite wines and spirits, and you have a Christmas Eve Dinner to remember at Rittenhouse Inn’s Landmark Restaurant.

Your hosts for the evening are the Phillips family. Jerry will act as head chef for the evening, with his son Mark serving as sous chef. The meal will be served by Julie and Wendy, and founder and co-owner Mary will also be on hand to ensure that everything comes out just right.

If you are in the Bayfield/Washburn/Ashland Wisconsin area over the holidays, we hope you’ll consider making reservations. Seating is from 5-7:30pm on Saturday, December 24. Cost is $55/person plus beverages, tax and gratuity.


We are so pleased to offer our favorite recipes from the Rittenhouse Inn and Landmark restaurant, and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.