Southern Chat: A Little Flower Girl and My Love for the Fearrington House Restaurant

A friend of mine was married this month, and my little diva was her flower girl. It was a very special day for her, and she adored every minute. I was proud of her.

We had a great time at the wedding which was held at Prestonwood County Club in Cary, N.C. It is a lovely venue for a wedding. It was also fun to see my son and husband in a coat and tie. My husband works in a casual environment so suits are not the norm.

The weekend before the wedding, Will and I celebrated his 48th birthday at the Fearrington House Inn and Restaurant in Pittsboro, N.C. I'll have more on Fearrington Village for my next "Pack Your Bags" feature, but I wanted to share a few things about our trip today with you.

The five-star, The Fearrington House Restaurant, is located in this historic farm house. I've dined there several times through the years, and it is one of the best fine dining establishments in North Carolina. It remains a favorite of mine. It also gets praise nationally, and has been named as one of the Top 10 restaurants in America.

The restaurant is under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef, Colin Bedford, who was recently named a Grand Chef by Relais &Chateaux. It is a very prestigious honor.

For our dinner, we had Chef Bedford's tasting menu along with the Sommelier's perfect world wine pairings. Will chose the main tasting menu and I chose the vegetarian tasting. I'm not a vegetarian, but the tasting menu is at least eight courses so I decided to go a little lighter. It is a spectacular experience, and really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The tasting menu is $125 per person (vegetarian is $110 pp) and an additional $105 for the wine pairings with the tasting menu.

My main entree was butternut squash ravioli with pecan puffs and pear butter. The dish also had baby leeks, cinnamon, and kale. It was outstanding.

Honestly, every course was perfection. We ended our evening tasting Chef Bedford's famous chocolate soufflé. He recently appeared on The Today Show to tell us how to make the soufflé at home.

If you watched the video then you heard Chef Bedford's British accent. After dinner, he walked over to our table. I did not finish all eight glasses of my wine with dinner, but I had tasted plenty and may have been slightly giggly by that point. With that dreamy accent of his, he asked us what we thought of our dinner. As soon as he spoke, I acted like a star stuck school girl and I have no idea what I said after that other than the fact that it was all delicious.

Everyone in the restaurant started staring because the culinary star had made an appearance at our table. We then went outside for a photo, leaving everyone wondering "who exactly are they?" A very memorable evening, indeed.

The Fearrington House Restaurant opened in 1980, and it continues to be one of our State's best restaurants. I'm also a big fan of Chef Bedford, and the entire Fearrington House team. I'm so glad to have their talents in North Carolina.

Have you ever dined at The Fearrington House?

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