Fearrington House Restaurant

The Fearrington House Restaurant, a member of the Relais & Chateaux association, is recognized for its sophisticated seasonal cuisine and personable service and promises guests a unique fine dining experience. Located in the original Fearrington farm home-place, the series of small, elegant dining rooms feature views of the stunning gardens; each is furnished with European antiques, and accented with original Southern art that creates an understated elegance.

Preserved Lemons

Today we are preserving lemons for the year. The process is simple, but the results are always astounding, especially when added to elevate a dish or garnish to give it a little more pep. We take the lemons and trim off both ends (this helps them to stand up and stack better for large numbers), then we take our knife three quarters of the way down from the top to open them up. We place them in a dish standing up and liberally add salt followed by a good salad oil to cover. They are then left... Full Post >

A Seamless Presentation

There is nothing more gratifying then having a successful dinner service, especially after facing multiple last minute "fires" that need to be put out right before, or even during service. Whether it is a product issue or a guest concern, they always seem to pop up right during crunch time. For example, a last minute vegan guest arrives and we then need to quickly create a three to four course specialty menu. Stressful at the time, but when the team rallies together and pulls it off, it is... Full Post >

Celebrate April with the Wines of Southern Italy and the Craft Beers of North Carolina

Did you know we are featuring a new wine region throughout the Village Center each month? Read about what we did in March! April, one of my favorite times to live in North Carolina, brings with it the promise of renewal and regeneration after a long winter.  With its flowers and buds it brings back memories of times past while refocusing us on the freshness and excitement of the future. It is a time to explore new things, and in our opinion, to explore new things to drink. So, in honor of... Full Post >

New Cheese Service

Over the years we have tried many different ways to serve beautiful local, national and international farm house cheeses to our guests. This time I feel is our best yet! We now offer a Cheese Menu for our diners to choose from, along with a table presentation of the nine cheeses we carry (just to help the decision with a visual aid). On the menu we have two choices of each type of cheese, from blue to goat to bloomed rind, from which you can pick up to four. The cheese is then brought back to... Full Post >

Valrhona Visits The Fearrington Kitchen

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate...there can never be too much chocolate! At least this is true at The Fearrington House. If you thought the classic Fearrington Chocolate Souffle was the only divine chocolate concoction made in The Fearrington House kitchen, then you are mistaken! Representatives from Valrhona, a luxury chocolate manufacturer based in France, joined the Fearrington House staff and had some chocolate fun last month! From chocolate bars decorated with gold powder to cucumber... Full Post >

Chicken Noodle Soup with a Twist

One dish I'm working on at the moment is a "double-roasted chicken noodle soup." I don't think many dishes come closer to comfort food than one with healing qualities -- maybe a grilled cheese! So, what does "double-roasted" mean? The "double-roasted" part of the soup is created when we combine a white chicken stock and equal amount of roasted chicken bones, giving the soup a beautiful color. The underlining ingredient in this dish is the noodle, and I am going to take it and run! In the... Full Post >

Chef Bedford on The Today Show

The Fearrington House Restaurant's own Executive Chef Colin Bedford made his national television debut today on the TODAY show! Check out the segment below if you missed it or watch it full-screen here. Beware: The chocolate souffle will make you hungry! Full Post >

Parsnips for Each Course

Why do I like Parsnips? Parsnips are an uncommon vegetable that are normally not well utilized. However, I really like the story behind them. I don't think there is another vegetable that requires the impact of a season to influence harvesting as much as a parsnip. They are used a lot in England, and remain in the ground until the first frost. The parsnip stays in the ground because after the freeze of the first frost, all the starches turn to sugar. A very versatile ingredient, parsnips can... Full Post >

A Gingerbread House for the Ages

Recently, we had the privilege of being a part of the 11th annual Gingerbread Benefit held at The Umstead Hotel in Cary. This event is opened to the public and designed to raise money for Triangle Family Services. The nonprofit organization supports families in our community through financial counseling, housing assistance, heath treatments, and counseling for individuals of domestic violence. Each year, dozens of talented bakeries and restaurants volunteer to build gingerbread houses that are... Full Post >

I only drink champagne when I…

I only drink champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty. - Lily Bollinger My name is Paula De Pano, and I am addicted to bubbles. Prosecco, Cava, Sekt, Sparkling Wine, Franciacorta, Cap Classique, and especially Champagne – as a certified bubblehead, I love them all the... Full Post >