Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A WINTER BRUNCH




This past Sunday, the ladies of the Tea Society joined me on a very rainy January morning to venture to the historic town of Midway, Kentucky to celebrate our first Tea Society event of 2010. We did so with a wonderful Sunday brunch. Our destination was my favorite restaurant in Central Kentucky, The Holly Hill Inn. I have blogged about HH Inn in the past but it is such a magical place that I had to post a short one about it again. I highly recommend dining here to anyone who may find themselves in Central Kentucky, especially with the World Equestrian Games coming to our neck of the woods this year. Most Kentuckians are filled with excitement that our state will be hosting this amazing event. My mind is a flutter, formulating ideas for a unique Tea Theme to commemorate this occasion as well.

As for the restaurant, there are so many reasons to adore this place and the most obvious is of course the delectable cuisine, described as “Southern with a Twist”, and prepared by New York Culinary Institute graduate- Chef and owner, Ouita Michel. Southern Living had a lovely write up about her, and the Inn, in an issue last year. What I love so much about the picture below is the table she is seated at is perhaps my favorite spot in the entire restaurant. I have sat opposite that table many times and always get lost gazing at the artwork on the wall and through the window behind her there. It's magical in that corner when the room is dim and the light invades through the panes, dancing and glimmering on the white walls. It is truly a very romantic setting.

We spent at least an hour and a half, laughing, talking, and enjoying being in the company of friends- reveling in the sometimes lost art of conversation. I must say that the Inn is not a Tea room and there are actually places much better suited for a hot cuppa, but the ambiance and cuisine of this place makes it more than worth your while to have a quiet serene Sunday Brunch among friends.



(Image of Chef Ouita Michel from Southern Living Magazine online)


(Image of my favorite table from Holly Hill Inn Website)


( Tea Society Members at brunch:(on the left) Polly, Darleen, and Natalie. Caroline is seated beside me. Hum..I still haven't named this latest brown cloche with feathers...I must think on this some more:)

17 comments:

ChaChaneen said...

I lurve when people convert old estate homes into a tea salon or restaurant! The atmosphere is simply so cozy and wonderful! You all look like you had a wonderful time!

By the way, how did your artist reception go last week?

Rebecca said...

Me, too, Janeen..I used to dream of owning a B and B ( still do sometimes) and of course it would have to be in an historic home. Of course Afternoon Tea would always be served there..:)

The artist's reception was amazing. We had a very nice turnout. One of the other artists is designing a website for us and he will be posting images on there. I will have a link on my sidebar when that is up. I will be going back for another reception a week from tomorrow where I hope to get better photos of the works.But, the best news of all is that I sold an original drawing at the night of the reception and have another sale pending ! :)

La Petite Gallery said...

Hello I an a new visitor,


I think going into a lovely home for Lunch or Tea is so much
warmer and has such atmosphere.

yvonne

willow said...

Lovely cloche, daaaaling!!!

Betsy said...

What a perfect old place for a tea! Such character! :)

LadyCat said...

This looks like so much fun and what a beautiful place to enjoy friends and tea : )

Queenmothermamaw said...

I have heard of that place but never been there. You all look lovely, as usual. I am so glad to hear about the art. I will be looking for that link. Blessings
qMM

Protege said...

This must have been absolutely delightful event. I love old Inns, there is something endlessly timeless about their feel. Love the last picture of all of you and I love the hats.;)
xo
Zuzana

ZipZipInkspot said...

Dear Rebecca,

It was a pleasant day, wasn't it?

When you mentioned that special table at the window, knew exactly which one you were writing about, before even seeing the picture. It really is the best in the house.

Hugs,

Natalie

Rebecca said...

Thank you, everyone, it really was a wonderful place and the company of course made all the difference in the world! We could truly have a good time just about anywhere.

Natalie, yes, it certainly was! I am so glad that you and Polly are planning to come to the Opera House for Wine about Winter. I'll call the director about giving you a mini-tour:D...

ChaChaneen said...

Wow! That is just the best news Rebecca! You sold one of your drawings! AND another sale is pending! That just made my week to hear such great blessings you are receiving! What a terrific way to start off 2010~ I am so happy for you!!!

Rebecca said...

Ah,thank you so much Janeen...

I so wish you were close by to have Tea with us. You are a delight my friend!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

what a delightful visit today....lovely..and the music too...and i LOVE the doggy rescue.....

have a lovely weekend

kary
xxx

Bachelor said...

Oh my gosh,
I just want to join your group!!
It looks like so much fun going to these old homes. Have a great weekend! :) The Bach

Lizzie said...

I love it when people convert old homes into bed and breakfasts...and have "taste" in doing so! :)

Rebecca said...

Bach,

I think we could certainly wave the "ladies-only" stipulation for you, kind Sir..:)...

You should come down to KY, to Midway. The antique shops really are very charming there...

Me, too Lizzie...

Mmm said...

I want to go there someday. it looks so lovely ...as indeed you all do too with those marvelous hats. :)