Easter sunrise was somewhat damp in Asheville. However, by the time we arrived at St. Mary’s Episcopal the puddles were glistening from a warm sun, the robin’s were singing a joyful anthem and our hearts were filled with anticipation of re-birth.
We understand the altar has been bear for the season of lent. Yet, today it was adorned with spring flowers, regal tapestries and gleaming candles.
The windows were dressed in the splendor of spring with white and fuschia azaleas and banks of magnolia grandiflora.
The architecture and details of the sanctuary offer the parishioners and guests a place of refuge and solace. The house truly was lovely and a warm spirit of family and fellowship prevailed.
But what is Easter Sunday without a feast of celebration and joy…
Literally up the hill from St. Mary’s is The Grove Park Inn. We made our way there and were seated promptly for a lovely Easter meal at The Horizon.
I will say it was a challenge to get beyond the walk-in fireplace and rocking chairs in the Grand Foyer.
Lunch was a Prix Fixe menu with choices in each of the three courses. To start we had Warm Burrata on Crostini with Tomato and Benton Farm Bacon and Lemon Vinagrette…
Lobster Bisque with Butter Poached Lobster and Roe Oil…
and Golden Raisin Hot Cross Buns and Challah Bread with Blueberry Jam, Local Honey and Butter.
Lunch got serious quickly when the second course came out as dinner entree portions. We had Cedar River Filet of Beef with Cippolini Onion and Sweet Potato Hash with Wild Watercress…
Roasted North Carolina River Trout with Arrow Leaf Spinach, Herbed Spaetzle, Wild Mushrooms, Black Garlic Broth…
and Carolina Shrimp, Benton’s Ham and Roasted Anson Mills Polenta with a Poached Egg and Grilled Spring Onions.
And if that wasn’t enough the third courses were three absolute works of culinary and visual art.
SELECTION OF LOCAL AND IMPORTED CHEESES with honey comb, glazed walnut, toast points and lavash.
STIRRED LEMON CUSTARD and blueberry compote with torched meringue and blueberry Sorbet
And finally, CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO MOUSSE with flourless cinnamon cake and malted milk chocolate ice cream.
Needless to say we did not need to get in the car even if the drive “home” was only an hour. This was a wonderful finale to a spectacular holiday weekend. We’ve certainly seen some lovely houses and a very special time has been had by all.