On the day before the Royal Wedding, we ventured out to Bedford, Pennsylvania, where the British once ruled at Fort Bedford. The weather report said wind and thunderstorms, but the sun peeped through the clouds and not one raindrop fell. Here are a few highlights of the day.
The group started the morning with one of my new favorite treats thanks to Jan Dofner at the Levi Deal Mansion in Meyersdale . . the burnt sugar gobs from Landis Bakery in Berlin, near Somerset.
We had a new lunch stop from our Bedford tour last fall. Michael and Huston at The Bird’s Nest Farm and Cafe did a fantastic job. They pay attention to details, and it shows. Our dessert, Bird’s Nest cupcakes, was beautiful and perfect for the spring day.
During lunch, Lori Sollenberger of Hidden Hills Dairy paid us a visit to tell the group about her farm and her luscious cheese. I really like her cheese and was so excited to meet her.
A visit to Briar Valley Winery ( both the wine making facility and the tasting room) also was on the itinerary. Briar Valley is currently the “hot” PA winery, and we’re so lucky to have them just a short drive from Pittsburgh.
Another stop on the tour was at one of my fave shops for all things Italian, LIFeSTYLE. Stephano and Sarah carry only the finest food, linens and pottery. Oh, and they have a fantastic selection of cookbooks which I just can’t resist. Yesterday’s purchase was My Tuscan Kitchen by Aurora Baccheschi Berti. Tonight, as I watch the highlights of the wedding, I will also be flipping through the recipes in this lovely, authentic Italian cookbook.
Thanks to everyone who was a part of the tour. It was a day fit for royalty.