The delectable eats and cozy atmosphere we craved were provided by Edwards Restaurant in lovely downtown Rochester, New York. And since it was just after Christmas, we didn't have to decorate the joint!
After our lengthy photo shoot at the "altar," a stretch Hummer limousine whisked us from the ceremony to dinner in the next room (the owners were kind enough to let our chauffeur double park in the bar).
Kudos and warmest regards to Brenda, our host with the most, and Tom Hackett, the man with the plan. A mouthwatering time was had by all thanks to them!
"The restaurant setting is lovely; the main dining room on the first floor is painted in antique lace and tinted white, making the room sunny and bright by day, and elegant by night when it is lit by the buildings' original chandeliers. The stylish bar offers a peek across the hall at the activity in the dining room, while the library provides a stylistic nod to Edwards' past locations. Upstairs, three additional dining rooms can be opened onto one another to provide space for larger parties."
- from "Edwards Restaurant: Making a Present of the Past" by Jan Mater
The Jonathan Child House
"This stately mansion was built during 1835-38 for Jonathan Child, the first Mayor of Rochester and son-in-law of Col. Nathaniel Rochester.[...]
The Child House is the most outstanding example of temple-style Greek Revival architecture in Rochester. Believed to be designed by architect S.P. Hastings, it is one of three surviving examples of this style in the Third Ward. The house is a two-story masonry structure with a five-column portico across the front. Among the highlights of the interior were twin parlors, now combined, featuring black and gold Italian marble fireplaces. Immense antique cut-glass chandeliers, reputed to have been a gift from Nathaniel Rochester, are suspended from the ceilings, which are highlighted by elaborate plaster rosettes. The entry hall has a recessed and unsupported curved staircase to the third floor. Jonathan Child sold his house to John N. Wilder, another prominent Rochestarian and one of the founders of the University of Rochester. The Child House is a City of Rochester designated landmark and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places."
- from the Edwards Restaurant menu
For starters, Leah savored an Edwards Crab Cake with smoked tomato aioli, roasted red pepper, and an arugula salad. She then cooed contentedly over a main course of Beef Wellington, an herb crusted tenderloin of aged Landmark Angus beef, wild mushroom duxelles en croute, and a cabernet demi glace. The white chocolate mousse did her in. She even drank champagne like grown-ups do.
And Curtis? He's pretty sure he had some meat. It was good.