I am not so sure how I feel about it being 2015. This is going to be a life changing and pivotal year. Sometime this month, Barrett will hear back from colleges and that will begin that dreadful countdown to my empty nest. My heart stops everytime I think about it.
She is just finishing up her first week back to school after a long three week break. It was very hard getting up and moving instead of sitting with our coffee and tea in front of the fireplace and TV.
Art and I aren't big into celebrating or doing anything on New Year's, but we did do something great this year. This was one of the better ones.
We went to eat at Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina on New Year's Eve. It is about two hours away from our place at the beach.
From the website:
They just happened to be filming the show on New Year's Eve. So we got to watch the film crew following Chef Vivian and her husband around. The cameras panned around the resaturant several times so maybe we might end up on an episode next season!
Because it was New Year's, the menu was a fixed price with an Italy meets North Carolina (Southern) theme. The food was wonderful and exceeded our expectations and was well worth the drive.
(smoked tomato marinara)
(sweet potato cornmeal gnocchi)
(country ham app)
(view from our table)
We rang in the New Year at our table. The servers passed out glasses of champagne and everyone in the restaurant including everyone working toasted to 2015.
The chef wandered around taking pictures and talking with everyone.
We got back to the beach house at 3:00AM! I don't think I have ever stayed out that late before - or at least I haven't in a very very long time!
Garden & Gun magazine has had this to say about Chef and the Farmer/Vivian. There is also another article here and one here from The Washington Post.