This year we gave ourselves a present: Christmas day on our own with no dishes, kids or family. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE our family. But things have been so busy and stressful these days that we decided to spend Christmas on our own this year.
I made a reservation on Opentable.com (if you've never done this you're missing out) & made sure to comment that our reservation included a diner with gluten intolerance. They called the day before to confirm and of course I asked if they had gotten my remarks about my dietary needs. The hostess gracious looked in the system and said "yes Mrs. Maglothin, I see the chef has received your information and we'll be ready to take care of your needs without a problem." I love it. I love it love it love
it. When you can talk to someone in food service and they dont treat you like you're crazy.... it's priceless. I'm convinced some people think we choose to be gluten free like you choose to do the Atkins diet. Maybe some people do, but for most of us, we're really not trying to be a pain in a chef's arse. We're trying to stay healthy.
We arrived and the hotel was beautiful as always. I highly recommend staying there and if you live in Nashville, do a staycation. (My husband and I did that for our anniversary and it was splendid!)
The Maitre 'd greeted us and we were quickly shown to our table. Our server arrived and the rest is history. We had an amazing meal of Rosemary & Spice Rubbed Lamb T-Bone with orange harissa glaze, spaghetti squash & mizuna. We were asked several times by management (& I'm assuming the front of house) if my dietary needs had been taken care of... and we were so thankful for that. The only thing I would say is that the service lacked a tiny bit. Because my husband works at Flemings he tends to notice when certain things aren't done; such as getting our wine 15 minutes after we ordered it, while the food came out about 5 minutes later. Our server seemed unhappy to be dealing with us on Christmas Day and I really can't blame her. The rest of the staff more than made up for it!
For dessert, I cheated on my dairy free restrictions to have the eggnog panna cotta. Luckily I can take a lactaid pill & get away with it every once in a while.
My husband had some awesome looking beignets but my panna cotta was so good I wasnt too jealous:
Here are some photos of the Hutton Hotel just for fun!