Monday, December 5, 2011

Santa Claus & Wilderness Ridge visit the Mission!

Wilderness Ridge had the privilege of visiting the children at the People's City Mission this past Saturday.  The day began with our chefs preparing breakfast for all of the kids & their families and then the kids took turns decorating Christmas cookies, writing letters to Santa Claus & finally being able to meet Santa Claus to give them their Christmas wish-lists in person!

We wanted the children at the Mission to know that Santa hasn't forgotten about them... that the joy of Christmas is for everyone.

With twenty volunteers we were able to serve over sixty people that morning... a special event that brought as much happiness to us as we were able to share.  

We've also collected wish-lists from the children to help Santa ensure that all of those kids have the gifts they've asked for to open on Christmas morning.

If interested in donating any of the gifts that were requested on the children's wish lists, please email Jayme at to see a copy of their lists. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Brooch Bouquets

A current wedding trend we've seen often recently are brooch bouquets. With the amount of money you could spend on fresh flowers for your big day, this is a great alternative, and one that will last a lot longer. 
Many brides spend a small fortune on their flowers and unless you dry them, they’re all but gone in just a few days.  Brooch Bouquets allow you to walk away from your wedding with a special piece still intact. They're also a great way to create something with added meaning by possibly using a special brooch a grandmother left you, or simply picking out brooches that carry sentimental value to you.  
Many places are making brooch bouquets now and will customize it however you like.  Of course, if you’re feeling crafty and have the time to make it yourself, it's a fun DIY project that anyone could do.  While plenty of brides are still opting for fresh flowers, this is a great way to stand out from the norm, one that will make your wedding pictures pop, and surely draw the attention of your guests.  The best part is, you will be able to cherish it long past your wedding day. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cocktails (Served Hot)

Our head bartender & mixologist at the Lodge, Jill, has released her new seasonally-inspired Cocktail Menu.  Featured in the new menu are cocktails served hot which make for the perfect after dinner drinks, or simply as a way to warm-up on these cold, late-autumn nights.  Jill continues her philosophy of bringing back life & sophistication to classic cocktails & these hot drinks are no exception.

Hot Buttered Rum is equal parts classic & guilty pleasure.  For ours, Jill starts with Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum, adds in her own butter mixture made from scratch (think butter, brown sugar, nutmeg & cinnamon), it's filled with hot water and garnished with a cinnamon stick.

Jill truly pays homage to the past with our Tom & Jerry.  The Tom & Jerry mix is made in our own kitchen from scratch & to that she adds Aged Rum, Brandy, hot water & finishes with ground nutmeg.  

Our Lodge Toddy is our instant classic.  Using our own house-infused Cinnamon & Vanilla Bourbon, Jill adds in locally-made Honey, freshly squeezed Lemon juice and tops with hot water & a cinnamon stick garnish. 

Whether you want to try & old favorite or branch out into something new, come warm up at the Lodge with one of our new cocktails served hot!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

S'Mores Bar!

We recently had the opportunity to try something new out here at The Lodge.  At a recent wedding, we turned the fireplace on our patio into a S’Mores Bar and the guests loved it!  What better way to take advantage of the cooler fall nights than standing around a crackling fire roasting marshmallows & enjoy celebrating with your friends. Along with your standard marshmallows,  chocolate and graham crackers, we offered Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, crushed M&Ms, and Coconut shavings to create your perfect S’More.  We think this is one sweet station you’ll want to try-and trust us, your guests will love it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wedding Trends: The perfect dress

When picking out that dress for the big day, every girl wants a dress that they can look back on and love just as much as the day they wore it. It’s important to avoid really trendy fads that will be in one year and out the next. One of my favorite eras is the 50s for that very reason.

The fashion and trends from this era seem to really stand the test of time. They’re chic without being too over the top, and they’re classy without being too matronly. This year we’re really starting to see this era come back to life in the fashion industry, and brides are taking notice! Think Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and that gorgeous dress Kate Middleton wore a few months ago.

Adding a delicate and very vintage touch to any dress is lace, and we’re definitely starting to see more of it. Whether it may be in the form of sleeves, around the neckline, or embroidered into the dress itself, it’s the perfect touch to any dress.

It might not be the most popular length, but tea length adds a very retro feel to any dress. And what better way to show off a really amazing pair of shoes?

Lastly, vintage inspired veils are starting to pop up more, with brides opting for more subtle retro headpieces with French netting framing the face, and longer veils with added touches of lace to give it a very vintage feel. This is a trend you can really have fun with and more importantly, it’s something you’ll be able to look back on and love just as much as you did on your wedding day!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mason Jars!

Mason Jars probably aren't the first things that come to mind when thinking of weddings, receptions & showers... but we’ve been seeing a lot of them around here lately. Though subtle, these little jars can make a statement when it comes to decorating your tables. And with many events recently we've seen this trend over and over again: over-the-top is out and simple, yet elegant is in. Whether it’s a fancy affair or just something low-key, mason jars are suitable for any occasion.

We're loving the rustic vibe they give off when paired with pale pink, ivory and yellows,
or since we’re headed into fall, add your oranges and yellows
and you’ve got the perfect seasonal centerpiece.

Whether to add a touch of color in your home, or the centerpiece at your head table
take our advice and look into mason jars!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wedding Trend: Cake Bars

Keeping with the current trend of candy bars and dessert bars, this is sure to be a trend you’ll be seeing more of in future events. Cake bars are a fun and unique way to let your guests build their own perfect piece of cake. You know when you grab a piece of cake and there’s a giant mound of frosting on the top and covering the sides, it’s just going to end up on the side of your plate and eventually getting tossed.

This is a great way to allow you to take as little or as much frosting as you want. Not only that, it’s a fun way to mix and match flavors. With all of the different flavors of cake these days, pick out a few of your favorites and then choose an assortment of different frostings. Add some fun toppings, such as sprinkles, crushed Oreos, nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc…and you’ve got a delicious piece of cake!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Italian Wine Dinner!

Wilderness Ridge is hosting a 5 course Italian Wine Dinner on July 17th. The menu was hand selected by Executive Chef Joe Andersen and italian winemaker Maurizio Marchetti will lead guests through each course and wine pairing.

Be sure to visit to see the full menu and to reserve your seat for this event!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Mouth-watering new menu!

It’s been a busy week at The Lodge! We rolled out our new Grill menu, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the new additions to the menu! While we kept most favorites, we’ve added new salads, sandwiches and pizzas that are sure to become new favorites. For starters, we’ve added the coconut shrimp basket that is served with a pineapple chili sauce. This is a sweeter twist on the shrimp basket that was previously on the menu and a great way to kick off your meal!  

Coconut Shrimp
Also new to this menu are “plate” options which include Steak Pomme Frittes, Hawaiian Salmon and Fish & Chips. The Hawaiian Salmon consists of a pan seared salmon filet, glazed with a pineapple chili sauce and paired with coconut cilantro rice and sautéed veggies. Having tried this dish, I can tell you, it is sure to be a favorite! Next up we’ve got the Meatball Sub. Now this is a sandwich. Served on a hoagie roll, the Meatball Sub consists of large sundried tomato meatballs topped with a roasted tomato and sweet pepper sauce and smoked provolone cheese.

Looking for a vegetarian option? Try our Portabella & Brie sandwich. With portabella mushrooms, red peppers, brie cheese, and sundried tomatoes, topped with a basil aioli, this sandwich is not only unique, but full of flavor! Lastly, we’ve added several new pizzas, but the Fiesta pizza is definitely one worth mentioning! It’s like a taco salad in the form of a pizza! We promise this is one worth trying the next time you are in, if you are a pizza fan! All in all, we’re very pleased with the additions to this menu and we’re excited for you to come out and let us know what you think! To check out all of the new items, visit our website and click on the new Grill menu.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A new twist on an American favorite!

Now this is the perfect way to indulge without feeling guilty afterwards. They’re small, they’re loaded with flavor, and they’re relatively simple to make! Do you ever have a hard time deciding what slice of pie you want, because they all just look so good? This is the perfect way to have just one bite of each!

All you’ll need for this tasty treat is pie crust, pie filling, and lollipop sticks. Cutting out circles about two inches in diameter, place approximately ½ teaspoon of pie filling in the center along with a lollipop stick. Place another circle of pie crust on top and press the edges with the end of a lollipop stick to seal it. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and let cool. So the next time you need a quick, fun treat to bring to work, entertain guests, or just something to have around the house when you have a sweet tooth, Pie Pops are sure to be the perfect sweet treat!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wedding Trend: Braids!

We’re really loving Bohemian braids right now! It’s a more relaxed look—less styled, more laid back. Braids are so easy and don’t require a lot of maintenance, a little spray and you’re good to go. With many different ways to wear this look, it’s the perfect hairstyle for a summer wedding-and right on trend!

June Live Music!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Father's Day is just around the corner.

Father's Day is creeping up on us and has got me thinking....what in the world do you get for a dad who already has it all? Answer: Gift Cards!

I know you may be thinking gift cards are not very personal but let's be many ties can one dad have? Gift cards are great because they can fit any budget and you never have to worry about the person returning them!

At Wilderness Ridge our gift cards are not only good for golf, they can also be used in the Golf Shop and our restaurant! This gives your dad plenty of options on how he can spend his gift!

Call 434-5106 or log on to to purchase your gift cards for dad. (If you really want to impress him be sure to book him a tee time on Father's Day!)

Monday, May 16, 2011

It's all in the details!

Make your cocktail hour even more celebratory with a signature drink! This is a fun way to personalize your day and can be a great conversation starter at your reception. If your looking for inspiration for your signature drink think about your colors, a mood your looking to create or fun glassware that fits your theme.

Don't over think your drink. If you are having an elegant evening wedding champagne with a fruit garnish is a perfect fit!

If you know you want a signature drink but don't know where to begin ask the bar manager at your reception site for tips and suggestions. Bar managers know what liquors will fit your color scheme, budget and tastes!

David Berry, the Bar Manager at Wilderness Ridge, is constantly creating new and inspired drinks for our restaurant cocktail menu so he can tell you what a few crowd favorites are so you can be sure to please. You will also want to think about how the flavors will pair with the season of your wedding. Even though you love Bahama Mamas that drink may not be the best choice for your winter wonderland wedding in February. A chocolate mint martini or warm spiced cider may be more appropriate.
Drinks that follow your wedding's color theme are always a hit!
Also, make sure your signature drink fits in your budget. If you are looking for the wow factor handmade garnishes or special glassware is the way to go. If you are looking to stay in a budget there are plenty of options using house liquors and fruit juice. Another way to control your budget is by offering your drink for a limited amount of time. Designate a certain cocktail hour where you will feature the drinks. Once the meal is served you can open up a cash bar!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New wines at The Lodge!

Spring is a time of renewal, and that holds true here at the Lodge.  We are renewing our wine list to bring you what’s new and fresh in the wine world! 

Don’t worry, we’re still keeping the Silver Oak and the Opus, but we will also be proudly featuring other brands such as Hess, Terra Valentine, Siduri, Yalumba, Plumpjack, and La Crema to name a few.  We will also be rotating our wines by the glass to give you the opportunity to taste a lot of our new wines before you decide you want the whole bottle. 

We are also looking to ramp up our wine bar!  Starting soon on Friday and Saturday nights you will be able to sit down at our wine bar and have a glass of Silver Oak or St. Jean Cinc Cepages. We will regularly rotate these wines to allow you to enjoy a glass of the legends.  After this you can start looking forward to June where the theme will be the wines and food of the Rhone river valley. 

Stop on out and raise a glass with us!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Have you stopped by The Grill for free food yet???

You read the title correct. We are serving FREE, really delicious, no strings attached food in The Grill each and every Friday.
So my question to you is...have you stopped in yet?

Every Friday from 4-6pm chef Joe and his team serve up amazing appetizer creations for you to enjoy after a long week of work. And we aren't just talking snack mix and potato chips here folks. I'm talking about homemade spring rolls, crab rangoons, pulled pork sliders….ya, the good stuff.

We also have plenty of drink specials from 4-6pm so you don’t have to worry about getting dehydrated while you enjoy the appetizer buffet. Right now we are featuring selected wines for $5 a glass.

After you enjoyed you fill of yummy food and drink you can top your night off by enjoying our live entertainment from 8pm to Late! Log on to to see our calendar of upcoming  events!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Let's put another shrimp on the barbie!!

Summertime is just around the corner and I can't think of a better way to soak up the summer sun than with a nice, big, backyard grill-fest. Well here at The Lodge we would like to get you prepared for this year's grilling season by introducing you to a few Australian wines that pair perfectly with all your grill favorites.

Our very own Sommelier, Scott Groshans, will lead you through a five-course meal and will explain all the delectable notes and nuances of the wines and their pairings.CLICK HERE to visit our website to see the full menu and list of wines.

April 19th is quickly approaching so hurry and reserve your spot! Call 434-5118 to get signed up so we know just how many shrimp to throw on the barbie. :)

G'day mate!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wedding ideas we love!

Spring has finally sprung and the Sales Team here at Wilderness Ridge is so excited to start unveiling some fabulous, fun wedding ideas! We want to offer brides personalized touches that will help make your wedding memorable and unique!

Right now we are absolutely loving lemonade stands! You can personalize so many things including flavors, garnishes, colors and more! This would be a wonderful station to have set up right before guests are seated on our outdoor wedding island. People can enjoy a nice cool, refreshing glass of lemonade will they anxiously await the start of the ceremony.

A gorgeous lemonade stand arrangement. Pic provided by The Velvet Society

Lemonade stands are also fun additions to your reception! Let guests flavor and garnish their lemonade with a variety of fruits, mint leaves or syrups! If you would like more information on our innovative wedding ideas visit or email our Wedding Coordinator, Robyn at!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

3 new reasons to make The Grill your weekday hangout

1) Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 4-6:30: We are taking $1 off draft beers and well drinks each and every weekday. There will also be discounts on select wines by the bottle and by the glass. AND Chef Joe Anderson will be running nightly appetizer features during this time.

2) Reverse Happy Hour Monday-Thursday from 9-close: We know that not everyone is an early bird so we have created our reverse happy hour for all you late nighters! $1 off drafts and well drinks and select wines at a discounted price.

3) Wine Night each Tuesday all night and Friday & Saturday after 10pm: Receive 25% off select bottles of wine. Our Sommelier, Scott Groshans, will hand select various wines each week to be discounted. This is a great way to branch out and try something out of the ordinary! We have a top-notch wine list so you can enjoy fabulous selections week after week.

These specials are good in The Grill and outside on the patio so be sure to stop out and enjoy the most beautiful outdoor dining location in Lincoln!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Military Child Golf Camp a success!!

This past Saturday Wilderness Ridge hosted the 2nd annual Military Child Golf Camp. This is a way for Wilderness Ridge to say thanks to all the families who have loved ones serving our country during April, the month of the military child.

Almost 40 children from age three to 18 participated in the golf camp. The children spent time putting, chipping and working on their golf swing on the driving range. Early in the morning there was a threat of rain but by mid-morning the sun came through and the weather turned out to be perfect!

After a morning learning new techniques and practicing the perfect swing the kids ended the day with a hot dog BBQ and raffle. For more pictures CLICK HERE

The entire staff at Wilderness Ridge would agree that this is an awesome event to put on each year and we look forward to working with all the children and their families. If you or a family member is in the military and are interested in participating in the Military Child Golf Camp next year email CLICK HERE to email Brandi Stanek. We will add you to our email list and send out notification when we open registration for the 2012 event!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Are you golf ready?

Wilderness Ridge is now offering a great program to help golf newcomers learn the game in just 5 days....and at a reasonable price.

The Get Golf Ready program is designed to teach you the basics so you can start enjoying the game of golf now and for the rest of your lifetime. Over the five days you'll learn some golf history, basic stance and grip, golfing etiquette, which club to use and sooo much more.

I'll admit for being a golf course employee I'm a HORRIBLE golfer but I've been hesitant to take the time to learn. I'm sure many of you feel the same way....well this is the program perfect combination of a great price and minimal time commitment!

The Get Golf Ready program costs just $99 for 5 days of hands on training. If you or someone you know has shown interest in learning the game of golf this is an awesome opportunity. This program is great for any golfers that may want to brush up on their game as well. Call our golf shop at 434-5106 to sign up or for more information!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Vote for The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge

The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge has been voted into KLIN's Munch Madness competition!!!

Munch Madness is a bracket style competition for Lancaster area restaurants. Each week restaurants go head to head in an attempt to become the Munch Madness Champ! Last week The Lodge beat out JTK in the South Region to make it to the Savory 16! Read below for a snippet from the KLIN website details.

Voting begins again this Tuesday so log on to to vote for The Lodge!!

"The most dramatic matchup in Munch Madness history played out in the first round of the South Region as Friday morning's deadline struck. Top seed Lazlo's held off a valiant challenge by #8 seed Cheesesteak Grille winning by just eight votes to advance to the Savory 16. Lazlo's will take on #5 seed The Parthenon, who took out legendary fried chicken restaurant Lee's. In the other half of the South Region it will be #6 seed Piezano's meeting #2 seed Lodge at Wilderness Ridge. Piezano's survived a close fight with Stauffer's Cafe & Pie Shoppe while The Lodge blitzed past JTK."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fun Event for Military Families at Wilderness Ridge!

Wilderness Ridge is hosting their 2nd Annual Military Child Golf Clinic!

Wilderness Ridge will be hosting a FREE golf clinic on April 2nd at 9:30 am. This clinic is open to children with military parents or family members. Registration is limited to the first 50 participants so be sure to sign up asap!

We want to make this available to any child with family in the military so please be sure to pass along the information to family and friends!

Click Here to Sign-up or call Chris Thomson at 402-434-5106

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Menu Coming Soon!!!

We are almost ready to unveil out new spring menu at The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge! We are adding lots of new items that are a perfect pair for warmer weather. We are set to begin the new menu March 22nd so be sure to stop in The Lodge to try Chef Joe Andersen's tasty creations!

Check out the photos below for a sneak peek. (Warning: these photos could cause your mouth to start watering)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We love weekends!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at The Lodge this weekend! Chris Saub put on another amazing performance Saturday night and we are looking forward to Jared and Chris Blues Dance Party this upcoming Thursday!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hello Warm Weather!!!

I walked outside yesterday with a jacket and scarf and was pleasently surprised to find out that I didn't need either of them! An even better surprise is that this warm weather is going to stick around for a few days!

 You know what that means?? You can finally get out and hit a few golf balls!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Great Patron, Great Article.

Cindy Lange-Kubick, from the Journal Star, recently stopped out to chat with one of our regulars, Sue Wilson.

Sue Wilson  rarely misses a lunch with us and The Lodge has been fortunate enough to get to know Sue over time. Check out the article below to see why we have some of the best patrons around!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Congratulations Tracey McLain!

Tracey was choosen as our January business card drawing winner!! She will receive at $50 gift card to The Lodge that is good for golf, dining and shopping!

If you would like to win simply drop your business card off at the sales table located just inside our entryway!

We reached (and exceeded) our goal!!

Thank you so much to everyone who dropped off coats at Wilderness Ridge to help the People's City Mission!

This year Wilderness Ridge teamed up with People's City Mission to collect coats for those who need them most this time of year. We set a goal to collect 400 coats and with your help we have exceeded that goal! This year we collected 466 coats. The support of the Lincoln community was phenomenal and we look forward to putting on this coat drive again next year! Thanks again Lincoln!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Looking for a No-Fail Valentine's Day gift?

The end of January is upon us and that means one thing, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Although cards, flowers and chocolates are all nice we think it's time to 'up the ante'. Wilderness Ridge would like to help you show your Valentine just how much they mean to you! Our Private Fireside Romance Package features a fireside candlelight dinner for two in our Flathead Room. The menu will be a four-course dinner that includes an appetizer, salad, main entree with sides, and dessert. The package also includes a dozen roses and a bottle of champagne to enjoy with your dinner.

The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge offers guests a unique atmosphere with little travel. If you've never visited The Lodge before this would be a wonderful opportunity dine with us and, a unique gift for your Valentine!

We will offer this special February 11th-14th only. This package is only available to the first eight couples who book it, so make sure to call for pricing and availability today!  Contact Jen at 434-5121 for more information.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Nebraska Golf Academy gets a Facelift!

The Nebraska Golf Academy putting and chipping area has undergone a facility enhancement, starting with a re-surfacing of the sub-floor and the installation of a new state-of-the-art putting and chipping surface, thus creating a premier indoor practice area for all players.

The putting and chipping area enhancement will aid in the continued development of the University of Nebraska women’s and men’s golf teams, offer members the opportunity to continue practicing and enjoying the game of golf throughout the winter months, and public access to experience the unique Nebraska Golf Academy practice area.

This improvement became a reality through the strong cooperation of Wilderness Ridge, Nebraska Golf Academy, and the University of Nebraska. Completion date of project is estimated to be January 15th-25th.