Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Weekend at Pursell Farms - A Culinary Treasure

Three things that I love are:

1)  Fun & relaxing weekend getaways
2)  Awesome food
3)  Beautiful surroundings

This past weekend was filled with all three of these things during our stay at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, AL.  Brad and I loaded Ava up in the car and made the one hour journey to the countryside, where we had such a wonderful time.  And OH, the food!  It was incredible.  I just can't help but share the details with you all.

The trek led us out of the city, only about an hour away.  Upon arriving, we were greeted by a pretty gate, with the Pursell Farms sign beckoning us in.  A long, winding road led us through the beautiful property, with trickling streams, open fields, shaded woods, and views of the golf course along the way.  A sense of calm came over me...a relaxing weekend on the farm was just what I needed.  I breathed in the fresh air and got excited about the events of the weekend to come.

We arrived at Parker Lodge and before I was even able to put my hand on the door knob, it opened, and I was greeted by name and welcomed inside.  What a nice touch!  The entire weekend, the Pursell Farms staff was incredible.  They truly made us feel like family, from the moment we arrived.  We couldn't have asked for better service.

Next, we were shown to our room, which was luxurious and beautiful, but not in an over-the-top sort of way.  I didn't feel like we were in a hotel room, instead, it felt like we were a guest in someone's home.  It was comfortable, perfect and no detail was overlooked.

Parker Lodge

Parker Lodge Lobby

Our Guest Room

After we got settled in, we hopped on a golf cart and explored the property.  The farm sprawls across 3,500 acres, so there was PLENTY to explore.  We saw all kinds of wildlife while there - turkeys, deer, cows, even a bobcat!  They have entire fields devoted to bird hunting, a 5-stand shooting range, fishing lakes, and of course the gorgeous golf course.

Little Ava LOVED playing in the open fields!

After our exploration for the afternoon ended, we headed back inside and got ready for the Cadbury Chocolate Egg Class.  In this class, Chef Andrea Griffith taught us how to make the Easter favorite from scratch.  It was so fun!

Chef Griffith teaching the Cadbury Chocolate Egg Class

Brad hard at work

The results!

Next, we headed into the lodge lobby for appetizers & champagne before dinner.  A selection of cheeses, fruits and crackers was served, and we got the chance to mix and mingle before dinner time.

When 7:30PM rolled around, it was the time I'd been waiting for...Easter Evening Dinner!  We all gathered in the dining room and Chef Griffith came out to greet us and tell us about the meal.  In fact, she came out before every course and explained the selections, which I really loved.  The meal was phenomenal....seriously.  Course after delicious course was served, and each one was cooked to culinary perfection.  Here are some photos of our selections:

"A Celebration of Festive Bites"
This consisted of deviled eggs, and eggs with caviar.  

Farm-Fresh Truffled Scrambled Egg
Served with a grilled ham steak, pickled mushroom and garlic shoots.

Sweet Pea Soup
Served with pea tendrils, crispy Benton's ham, and clubhouse ricotta

Border Springs Lamb Loin
Served with roasted baby garden vegetables, arugula pesto and confit tomato

Easter Celebration Dessert
This was a tasting of assorted desserts, including:
1.  Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Spiced Pecans
2.  Toasted Coconut Cake with Lemon Curd and Blueberries
3.  Chocolate Peanut-Butter Egg with Dark Chocolate Cake, Peanut-Butter Mousse and Shaved White Chocolate

Needless to say, I was VERY glad that I went to dinner hungry and was able to enjoy this excellent meal to the fullest.  Dinner was served with wine pairings with each course.  We had Rosé with our appetizer, an exceptional Pinot Noir with the lamb loin, and a delicious Port with dessert.

After dinner, Chef Griffith took the time to sit down with me for a "Chef Chat."  Stay tuned for this interview in a follow up blog post!

The next day, guests were able to enjoy a 6:30AM Easter sunrise service, an Easter egg hunt and an Easter Brunch that once again proved that the folks at Pursell Farms know how to serve an incredible meal.  Chef Griffith was on-site making made-to-order omelets, and a huge spread of breakfast deliciousness greeted everyone.

Easter Brunch

The chefs whipping up omelet goodness!

After brunch, we made one last trip around the property, exploring and seeing all the sights.  We left with happy tummies, happy memories and happy smiles.  We will definitely visit Pursell Farms again (hopefully sooner rather than later).  It's our new favorite little hidden gem.

Thanks again to the staff at Pursell, for making sure that our weekend was picture-perfect!

1 comment:

Jill said...

My family was there for Easter brunch! First time I had ever been there...beautiful, and the food WAS delicious!