~EASTER~ is just weeks away, and here are a few options that have hopped onto my desk:
~THE RITZ-CARLTON, SAN FRANCISCO~ always does Easter in style, offering an Easter brunch buffet in The Terrace Room from 10am-4pm. It features a selection of seafood, salads, hand-carved meats, a build-your-own omelet station, cheeses, seasonal fruits, selection of European-inspired desserts, and more. A jazz trio will play. $98 for adults; $49 for children five to 12, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required: 415-773-6198.
And then there’s the cuddling zoo (with long-eared bunnies, baby chicks, and ducklings) and an Easter egg hunt in The Terrace Courtyard from 10am-4pm, with the Easter egg hunts at noon and 2pm. Reserved for guests dining or staying at the hotel. (I swear, I wanna go and pet the bunnies!)
The ~TOP OF THE MARK~ at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins will host an Easter buffet brunch from 10am-2pm. The brunch will offer classic items such as banana, coconut and macadamia nut pancakes with pineapple compote and traditional eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce, along with a beef filet medallion with wild mushroom demi glace and white bean cassoulet; cauliflower veloute with truffle essence, spring fava bean, and Dungeness crab; and pan-seared halibut with caramelized fennel, fire-roasted peppers, and citrus beurre blanc. An assortment of seasonal salads and a children’s menu will also be available. Sharman Duran will be on the piano, and there will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. $89 per adult and $49 per child ages 4 to 12, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 415-616-6940.
~SPRUCE~ is breaking from the typical Easter brunch tradition, and is offering a spring-inspired dinner menu instead: Zuckerman Farms asparagus sauce Maltaise ; Don Watson’s spring lamb spring vegetables; artisan sheep’s milk cheese; gateau Basque Dirty Girl strawberries; house-made chocolates. The price of the prix-fixe menu is $68 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. To reserve, call 415-931-5100.
There are a bunch of Easter options listed on OpenTable, check them all out here.
If you’re on the Peninsula, ~ROSEWOOD SAND HILL~ in Menlo Park will host its first-ever Easter Sunday celebration, featuring a gourmet brunch at Madera restaurant (four courses, $62; a children’s version of the brunch menu is available for half price, and Madera’s full children’s menu will be available as well) and a petting zoo on the hotel’s Vista Lawn with ducks, chickens, dwarf goats, pot-bellied pigs, turkey, sheep, and rabbits. The celebration is open to local community members, hotel guests, and Madera patrons; Rosewood Sand Hill will donate all proceeds from the petting zoo admission (a suggested donation of $10 per person) to the Palo Alto Humane Society. 11am-3pm. 650-561-1500.
Sunday Apr 4, 2010