FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- It goes without saying: Mom is not going to cook on Mother's Day. What follows are options for getting everyone out of the kitchen and into a festive mood.
Artisan Restaurant, Southport: Treat Mom to a three-course ($65/adults; $39 for children) prix fixe menu. Add $9 and adults can enjoy a champagne toast along with the meal. Reserve: (203) 307-4222, www.artisansouthport.com/.
Baldanza, New Canaan: You can practically feel the love that goes into each dish at this family-run eatery. For Mother's Day there will be three seatings (11 a.m., 1 p.m.and 3 p.m.) along with a complimentary Bellini. Reserve: (203) 966-4000, www.baldanzabc.com/.
Bernard's, Ridgefield: Expect a special brunch and dinner menu. Brunch, served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.offers a prix fixe three course meal that's $55 for adults; $35 for kids. Dinner, served from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. is $85 for adults, $45 for kids. Reserve: (203) 438-8282, www.bernardsridgefield.com/.
Cafe on the Green, Danbury: A four-course $65 prix fixe menu includes items like rack of lamb, pappardelle with lobster and scallops, pan seared red snapper, and more. Reserve: (203) 791-0369, www.cafeonthegreenrestaurant.com/.
Cask Republic, locations in Stamford and South Norwalk: A Mother's Day brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a special kid's menu. Reserve: Stamford: (203) 348-2275; Norwalk:( 203) 354-0163, www.caskrepublic.com/.
Jones Family Farm, Shelton: A Mother's Day Food and Wine brunch will be held at Homestead Farm showcasing their whimsical white. The event is Sunday May 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Reserve: (203) 929-8425, www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/.
Riverview Bistro, Stratford: An extensive Mother's Day buffet ($30.95 for adults; $12.95 for kids) is planned at this riverfront restaurant. Reserve: (203) 690-1616, www.riverviewstratford.com/.
The National, Greenwich: A prix fixe brunch ($60 adults/ $30 children) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes pastries for the table, a choice of entrée, sides to share and a cocktail for the adults. A complimentary bouquet of flowers is also offered. Dinner, served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is also on the agenda and features live jazz. Reserve:(203) 861-6851, www.thenational-ct.com/.
Vespa, Westport: An inaugural Mother's Day Buffet Brunch ($45/adult; $15/child) features a tented patio green, which allows guests to enjoy dining along the river. There will also be a Prosecco bar ($20/adult). Reserve: (203) 557-9057, www.vespawestport.com/.
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