|A sampling of the Washington Duke Inn Spring Menu|
|Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club|
The Washington Duke Inn, located in Durham, N.C. on the campus of Duke University, is a gorgeous property. If I lived closer, I think you would find me on this terrace a lot more enjoying lunch or dinner. When I am able to get to the hotel to dine, it is a treat because Jason is a fabulous chef. You already know it is a favorite spot of mine for afternoon tea, and his partnership with Carolina farmers and artisans make dining here special. His Dinner at Dusk menu, served daily from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a prix-fixe price of $35 per person, is one of the best culinary bargains in the Triangle.
|The Fairview Dining Room Terrace|
The 2014 spring menu delights. We were served several lunch-type items as well as seasonal salads. The soup and salads are on the main menu in the Fairview Dining Room for both lunch and dinner, but my favorite entree is available only at lunch in the Fairview Dining Room and at the Bull Durham Bar for all-day dining. I tip my black hat to the Field Pea Burger. For our sampling, Jason paired it with the Asparagus, Spring Pea and Mint Soup. It was excellent. I highly recommend it.
|Pea Field Burger and Asparagus, Spring Pea, and Mint Soup|
The Washington Duke Inn hosts a special Kentucky Derby Day on the day of the Derby each year. It will be serving the same cocktails that are popular at top horse races in the U.S. We sampled Mint Juleps, the signature drink for the Kentucky Derby, the White Carnation, the drink of the Belmont Stakes, and the Black-Eyed Susan, the preferred drink for the Preakness.
|Mint Julep, Black-Eyed Susan, White Carnation|
The mint juleps were so good that I couldn't stop raving about it to those seated by me. But, the white carnation came in a close second. It's more like a dessert cocktail. Truthfully, I could have downed the entire thing and had another, but it was a working professional lunch so I just had a very modest taste. I also didn't have my chauffeur with me so I was very cautious. I loved both drinks, and the mint juleps. Well, that may be my new Southern thing.
The Inn shared the recipes with us so I'm not going to share them with you.
1 1/2 ounces Maker's Mark
1 ounce mint simple syrup
1 ounce seltzer
Combine bourbon and syrup in an ice shaker, shake vigorously, pour over ice, top with seltzer, and garnish with sprig of mint.
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounces St. Germain elderflowr liqueur
1/2 ounce blackberry brandy
2 lemon wedges
Combine ingredients in an ice shaker, and strain into martini glass, garnish with floating lemon wheel.
1 1/2 ounces vodka
3/4 ounce peach schnapps
1/2 ounce half and half cream
1/2 ounce orange juice
Combine ingredients in ice shaker, shake vigorously, strain into martini glass, garnish with an orange peel.
Hats off to the Inn for a great time.
|Washington Duke Inn Spring Menu Luncheon|
Kathy with WRAL Out and About, Wendy with Op5 Creative Public Relations, Johanna, Durham Foodie, Hopie Avery, Triangle Scout Guide, and me.