On the weekend we were invited to meet at Mariposa Farm in Plantagenet, Ontario. It's about 45 minutes east of Ottawa and about a half hour drive from here.
The building sits on 175 acres where most of the food they serve is raised. It seats about 50 people and is only open for lunch on Sundays, or for special occasions.
There is no printed menu. They show you the food and it consists of a choice of 3 appetizers, 3 mains and 3 desserts. The chefs all work in an open kitchen...
... and the meat is cooked in an open wood stove.
I chose the foie gras with chutney garnish, apples and hazelnuts.
Richard had the barley and lamb soup.
For the main course, my friend Marc had the grilled chicken served with a puff pastry filled with chickeny goodness.
Richard had their duck, grown on the farm, served on a potato and cheese pillow of wonderfulness.
I had the bison served on smoked tomatoes and white beans, topped with in-season fiddleheads and hop asparagus. Oh my!
For dessert, Richard had the local cheese platter.
My neighbour across from me had the raspberry crumble.
I had the apple bread pudding. Everything was over-the-top delicious!
And the reason for the celebration? Our friends Dieter and Astrid who in 1961 got married...
...and 50 years later, are just as wonderful as ever. Congrats you two!