It's almost here...Mother's Day--one of the busiest Sunday's of the year. And just in case you've yet to discover the perfect plan, here are a few great last minute options in Atlanta.
Consistentky ranking at the top of the list, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead's award winning, chef driven, exceptionally special Mother's Day Brunch seatings begin at 10, with the final seating at 5pm. For $99 per adult, $45 per child over four years of age, the decadent menu of offerings seems endless. Of the long list of offerings, here are some highlights of just a few...
Breakfast items will also be served chaffing dish style, with additional late afternoon offerings to include Lamb Loin with Sun chokes Puree and Lamb jus, Smoked Shrimp with orange puree and micro arugula salad. Throughout the entire day at a Ritz-Carlton brunch are house-made (from flour eggs, butter and sugar) desserts, as well as the fun and chic "Bubble Bar" of champagnes with accompanying butler to help you choose from a slection of belinis, mimosa and more.
Any Sunday at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead's brunch is special, thanks to the service, which can't be beat. But for Mother's Day, it's no holds barred.
Beyond Southern Art's decadent, southern style, Mother's Day brunch buffet that promises to include the award winning fried chicken and biscuits of celebrity chef Art Smith--former chef to Oprah Winfrey, mother may appreciate one of the amazingly flavorful spirited concoctions created by celebrated master mixologist, Clay Livingston--the pack at Bourbon Bar.
She may choose to consier a Sparkling Saphire ($14), made of Bomby Saphire Gin, Soho Lychee Liqueur with cucumber, house made ginger syrup, topped with champage and a drop of candied ginger---a refreshingly perfect adult beverage on a beautiful sunny day while dining al fresco, poolside or anywhere you can see the sun. As an option consider the $11 Kettled Pear, featuring Kettle One Vodka, Merlet Pear Liqueur (infused with vanilla bean), pomegranate juice and fresh pear, all of which tastes like a glass of fresh pomegranate juice, which is loaded with antioxidents. If she's one for tradition, offer her a House Old Fashioned ($14) of spirits, bitters sugar and water. "It's the oldest cocktail in world, to which we add orange bitters and whiskey barrel aged bitters with a hint of cinnamon," explains Clay, who swears by the Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon used.
The new spring menu includes Clay's version of a Mai Tai daquiri #1 (not to be confused with a frozen daquiri), Rum for the Black Roses (Woodford Reserve, blackbery mint shrub and sparkling rosewater) and four additional selections created by various other bartenders on stadd including the Bonita Applebaum with Sauza tequila, apple liquor (Berentzen--which tastes like apples), grapefruit juice, agave and a dash of apple bitter----shaken over ice and servved in a high ball with a splash of soda.
From January through October, Bourbon Bar offers one mixology class a month--typically on the last Thursdy of the month. But especially for this Sunday, Mother's Day, Art Smith will be on hand signing copies of his new book, Healthy Comfort.
Atlanta newcommer Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is combining brunch decadence with spa rejuvenation.
To coincide with meal seatings from 11:30am to 2:30pm, at $80 per person ($40 for children ages 6 to 12), a selection of Mother’s Day themed programs, includes the chance for mothers and daughters to share spa time together.
For more information on the Mother’s Day packages or to make a spa reservation, please contact The Spa directly at +1 (404) 995 7526 or email email@example.com.
4. Chateau Elan
An escape to Chateau Elan--either overnight or just for the day, is always a pleasant surprise. Mother's Day Buffet & Overnight Package at Chateau Elan (either arriving on Saturday, May 11th or Sunday, May 12th) are from $239 to $314 plus tax, including Mother's Day Buffet for two in Versailles on Sunday. As a daytime getaway only, enjoy the Mother's Day buffet at $59 per adult, $25 Children 6-11.
Most mother's would choose to "be serene," which is not always the case for a person whose work never seems to be done due the constant nurturing she so freely gives. But in the greater Atlanta area, there are few places where serenity is everywhere, like it is at Serenbe.
"Each week I take recipes I learned from Mom and have tweaked to bring them up-to-date and to reflect what is coming straight from the farm and garden." explains Marie Nygren, proprietress at The Farmhouse at Serenbe and mother of 3 beautiful daughters.
Southern classics made with locally grown, organic ingredients from the restaurant's own garden and Serenbe Farms is the breakdown of any meal at The Farmhouse at Serenbe, which for all Mother's Day guests, served 11:30am through 7pm, at $28.95, will be as follows...
I. Mixed Lettuces with Pickled Red Onion, Radish, Feta Cheese and Lemon Vinaigrette
II. Entrée choice: Fried chicken or seared trout, with grits souffle, garlic green beans and black eyed pea salad
III. Dessert: Lemon pound cake with minted strawberries and whipped cream
Whatever you do, wherever you go, remember that Mother's Day is mother's day. That means no texting in her presence, as the focus is all about mom!