My writing partner, Laura Ambler, always has excellent ideas. Since the Mason’s Restaurant has been sold to Bob Pascal and turned into Pascal’s Chop House, she looked for a different venue for our annual Plein Air ladies’ lunch.
We love wandering the streets watching the artists (who have been here painting all week) as they completed the Quick Draw competition. I would have bought this palette if it had been for sale.
Laura has done some PR work for Bartlett Pear Restaurant and called Alice, wife of Chef Jordan Lloyd to see if we could get a table on their front porch. The restaurant wasn’t open for lunch, but Alice suggested a menu for the price we specified (wine was extra) and the food was spectacular.
We overlooked the artists painting along the sides of the closed to traffic street, and were just behind the band speakers so we could actually have a conversation. That’s me in the blue hat (second from the end) and Laura (fourth from the end). Mary Ann Hillier, a member of our Stinky Book Club, is sitting between us.
We started with cold heirloom tomato gazpacho that was the best I’ve ever had. The oil on top was infused with lemon. Yum! It was so pretty.
Then we had hard rolls and croissants and sandwich fixings with homemade mayo with herbs. Swiss cheese, salmon, prosciutto, cucumbers and tomatoes.
We had a dedicated server who kept our glasses of iced tea filled. I didn’t manage to get a photo of dessert fast enough. The table was served a variety of cookies – chocolate chip that were definitely worth the calorie count, oatmeal raisin still warm from the oven and three different kinds of macaroons (mint chocolate chip, lemon and Nutella). OMG. Food orgasm. The lemon macaroons exploded in your mouth with the most incredible lemon flavor. Often macaroons are dry and a little tasteless. These were the best I have ever eaten surpassing macaroons I bought in Paris and they were made at Bartlett Pear Bakery in Easton, MD.
The weekend of Plein Air was hot, as it always is, but this year the Plein Air folks provided free fans to keep us cool. Some years it rains, but this year the sky was blue with beautiful white clouds. A perfect day for a premier art event in Easton, Maryland, sponsored by the Avalon Foundation.
And in case you’re thinking of reserving the front porch next year… we’ve already got a reservation.