Sunset Magazine’s Quick Cheese Fondue

Photo courtesy of Sunset Publishing Corp., by Thomas J. Story

Heat oven to 500°.

Place a 1/2-lb piece of slightly oozy brie cheese in a 2 to 3-cup shallow baking dish and bake until melted, 4 to 5 minutes.

Grind black pepper corn on top.

Set dish on a heatproof surface and serve with toasted baguette slices, walnut bread, or sliced apples and pears.


Belgard is gearing up for the upcoming Hardscape North America (HNA) Trade Show to be held in conjunction with the Green Industry and Equipment (GIE) Expo in Louisville, KY, October 28-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  The two shows will combine efforts to offer participants expanded education opportunities and workshops. Joining forces for the first time, this combination of the green industry, power equipment and permeable concrete pavers exemplifies the movement towards integration of softscapes and hardscapes in sustainable environmental designs.

As a platinum HNA sponsor, Belgard Hardscapes will have a number of offerings both in the indoor and outdoor arenas.

Indoor Booth (# 1218)

·      Outdoor Living display featuring new products from the Belgard Elements collection by Harmony Outdoor Living, Inc

·       2011 Belgard University overview and registration

Outdoor Booth (# 7368D)

·       Belgard Mobile Showroom

·       Chicago Brick Ovens from the Bristol collection, a Nottingham outdoor fire pit and a Brighton outdoor fireplace.

·       Pizza cooking demos Thursday and Friday from 10a-5p

Stop by our booths to chat with industry professionals about creating inspiring outdoor living spaces with Belgard pavers. We hope to see you at the show!

SRW Training – Houston, TX

Please join us for a Segmental Retaining Wall training course!

Topics the training will cover include:

  • Introduction to SRW components
  • Soils information
  • Design concepts
  • Construction and inspection
November 2, 2010
9:00am – 12:00pm
Gander Mountain
19820 Hempstead Road
Houston, TX 77065
(SE corner of Hwy 6 and 290)

To register, please contact Joyce Cammack at 800-792-3216

In today’s economy, staying ahead of the learning curve is absolutely essential to growing your business. Belgard has introduced Belgard University to offer trade professionals a unique opportunity to expand their hardscapes knowledge. Both new and existing Belgard customers can benefit from the basic and advanced levels of classroom and hands-on industry training provided at Belgard University. Our focused classes supply the resources needed to help grow your business.

Belgard Pavers Selected for “The Ultimate Outdoor Home”

Belgard recently partnered with Garden Design Magazine and several other partners to create “The Ultimate Outdoor Home” at the American Society for Landscape Architects’ 2010 Annual Meeting and Expo. The team spent 36 hours transforming a 1,200-square-foot space on the expo floor using 45,000 pounds of Belgard pavers, 12,000 pounds of plants and 7,920 pounds of sand. The four-day show, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, hosted 5,242 landscape architecture professionals (the second largest crowd in the event’s history).

“The Ultimate Outdoor Home” included a patio and walkway featuring Belgard’s Mega Arbel, Mega Lafitt, Subterra pavers an outdoor kitchen with a Bristol grill island from the Belgard Elements collection.

For more information on the Belgard products used in “The Ultimate Outdoor Home” display, please click the links above or visit

Belgard Elements Training

We will be hosting Belgard Elements training sessions in the San Antonio and Dallas areas in October. Learn about the Belgard Elements modular collection and how selling and installing them can improve your bottom line!

You’ll also have a chance to participate in live cooking demonstrations on a Chicago Brick Oven.

Food and refreshments will be served!

Tuesday, October 5th

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Custom Stone San Antonio
23754 US Hwy 281 N
San Antonio, TX

Thursday, October 7th

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Custom Stone Dallas
2627 Joe Field Rd.
Dallas, TX

Please RSVP to Joyce Cammack: or 254-772-5256

Belgard’s Urbana Pavers Selected for FOX News Charlotte’s Outdoor Kitchen

The Blue Max Terrace, featuring Belgard Urbana pavers, is the newest addition to the set at FOX News Charlotte. Belgard partnered with Blue Max Materials to plan, design and install the 14′ x 18′ terrace. The space was designed to include a number of items from Belgard’s product partners, including Harmony Outdoor Living, Chicago Brick Oven and MediumRare. The project began with several planning sessions, which resulted in a 3D rendering of the space generated by Harmony’s Sketchup software.

Upon finalizing the rendering, Blue Max and Belgard worked together to secure materials and construct the terrace on site at FOX Charlotte’s studio. The plan incorporated modular units from Harmony’s Wexford collection, a gas grill from MediumRare and a brick oven from Chicago Brick Oven. Belgard’s Urbana 60mm pavers were chosen to complete the project.

The finishing touches were a set of 3 engraved pavers provided by Pinnacle Stone and landscaping provided by Pine Lake Nursery.

The Blue Max Terrace includes the following products:

Belgard Hardscapes:

  • 3-piece Urbana 60mm in Smokey Mountain

Harmony Outdoor Living:

  • Wexford Grill Island
  • Wexford Brick Oven
  • Wexford Fire Table
  • Wexford 24″ Pillars
  • Wall Inserts # 109
  • Custom Wall Unit

Materials used include Weston Stone in Ashbury Haze and Old World in Gascony Tan.


  • 37″ Gourmet Grill, rotisserie and 27″ SS double doors with storage trays

Click here to see more photos and videos of the Blue Max Terrace.