The menu there was varied and other deer had raved about it. Why just the week before, the Doe family had dined on great globes of Blue Hydrangea, a delightful delicacy. Word spread far and wide that the chef at this establishment really knew how to put out a spread, offering all the things they loved, unlike other places that were unfriendly to their patronage, offering bitter meals, things like marigolds and daffodils, smelly things that deer turn their nose up on. And this place was friendly and receptive to dining guests unlike others that had eight foot fences.
Much to their delight, the daily specials kept changing so there was always lots of variety and exciting appetizers. Right now lilies were featured and there is nothing better to stimulate the appetite than a tasty lily. A feast for the eye as well as the stomach, so many colours , so many sizes, something for everyone in this delightful smorgasbord. Yes, that Chef Christine really catered to their likes and they were thankful for all her hard work and menu planning.
They were a little nervous, someone said that the chef had been rude in the past, chasing patrons away with her broom, but tonight, dining by moonlight, the atmosphere was peaceful and serene at the all you can eat buffet.
As they sauntered into the garden, they stopped to sample some of the many hors d’oeurves, sweet shoots of new plantings, barely out of the ground these vealish cuttings were young and tender. New dishes, especially the Cape Breton Lily, pink and yellow tipped, was highly recommended, they gorged until they were all gone. They hoped the chef could put in a few more of those for next year.
They were ecstatic, so many delights and right in their own neighbourhood. Surely a place like this would get a lot of attention so close to the forest, you know what they say….location. location, location.
Hosta flowers, always appreciated, were devoured, but by now they were so full of prized lilies, they left the leaves for another day, maybe they would order the big salad next time, lovely variegated leaves, so big and juicy, they could hardly
wait to return.
And for dessert, they spied a gorgeous yellow lily, the pride and joy of Chef Christine. She had been watching it grow for weeks. Taking extra care watering and weeding to develop the largest blooms possible….a prize snack for sure! And appreciated it was, now all that remained were nibbled stalks, even the unopened buds were devoured.
The Deer family roamed the three gardens that surrounded the house. The greedy little gluttons ate so much the restaurant might have to close down for the season, leaving little in the way of leftovers.
They left satiated and slowly sauntered up the hill, bellies full and happy they had discovered this new place. They would be back and they would surely tell all their friends. If there was one complaint they would have liked to see a few vegetables, maybe get rid of all the rhubarb and put in some Swiss chard and maybe a few apple trees or strawberry plants so they could have dessert, something sweet to top off a meal of greens.
Although what they devoured was worth more than a few bucks, Mr. Deer paid for the meal with a steaming pile of coins, gratuity included. The whole family agreed, this was the best meal ever, and gave the dining experience two hooves up!