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The prix-fixe menu at The Fearrington House Restaurant has a strong focus on seasonal ingredients prepared in innovative ways. The menus change from week to week and are based on what’s freshest at the time. There are three choices: the three-course menu for $79, the four-course menu for $89 and the tasting menu with its six courses (plus an amuse bouche and a pre-dessert mignardises) for $125 with the option to add a $75 wine pairing. Each course at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant is artfully assembled, often using surprising combinations of flavors — think trout, smoked tapioca, cabbage and goat milk, or scallops, celery root, rhubarb and sea beans. The result? A veritable kaleidoscope of colors and textures on the plate. Ingredients often hail from nearby farms, including eggs from Lu’s Farm, cheeses from Looking Glass Creamery and micro greens from Duckwood Farms — reminding you of the rural setting of this fine-dining locale — while some ingredients, like the honey, come straight from the Fearrington property itself. Chef Colin Bedford is known for his deft skill with seafood, so you’re likely to see fish or shellfish on the menu (think roasted scallops in a buttermilk nage). Not a fish-lover? Then consider the Taleggio agnolotti with truffle butter, Cornish hen with truffled creamed corn or smoked beef tenderloin with braised lettuce and housemade bacon. Desserts, meanwhile, include treats like yogurt sorbet with cardamom mousse, or strawberry sorbet with chocolate mousse and angel food cake, and, of course, Edna Lewis’s famed hot chocolate soufflé.
The menu is quite extensive. Guests have the option of choosing three or four courses and can choose from five options on each course. We also offer a Chef’s Tasting menu that is set and completely different from the regular menu. It features items that I would like to highlight for that season.