Tasty and festive Mother’s Day ideas

WASHINGTON May 13 is Mother’s Day, and there are still plenty of ways to treat your mom to some special treats and eats.

Floral training On Saturday, May 12, the Hay-Adams launches its Stylish Entertaining series at the Top of The Hay. Enjoy a seasonal selection of sweets from pastry chef Elizabeth Weinberg and indulge in Domaine La Rocalière Tavel Rosé and Scharffenberger Brut, all while learning about emerging trends in floral design and composing a spring arrangement to take home from florist, chef and gardener Sidra Forman. Tickets are $65 per person, and admission includes the flowers, the vase and afternoon tea. Reservations are available online.   (Courtesy Hay-Adams)
Patio pleasures Treat mom to a very special Mother’s Day at Iron Gate. At the N Street NW restaurant, chef Tony Chittum created a brunch menu inspired by the moms of Iron Gate. Staff asked their moms what they would want to have for brunch on Mother’s Day, and Chittum composed dishes based on their answers.   (Courtesy Iron Gate)
A gorgeous indoor setting Opt for Mother’s Day at The Greenhouse at The Jefferson. Known for serving elevated fare under a historic 1923 skylight, The Greenhouse will host a special Mother’s Day brunch menu among seasonal blooms. The elegant multicourse brunch will include dishes such as crabcakes with slow-cooked egg, grilled Martin’s prime beef filet, and an assortment of desserts, including Meyer lemon cheesecake with wild strawberry compote and red poppy marshmallow.   (Courtesy The Jefferson)
Client: E. Ladurée - Lieu: 43 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
Prettier than flowers In celebration of Mother’s Day, Claire Heitzler, head of pastry creation at Ladurée, was inspired by delicate scents and exquisite colors of garden flowers. Claire has explored innovative new floral and sweet combinations such as poppy and Carla lavender. Her unique creations (macarons, pastries and ice cream) are available for a limited time. Most are seasonal, just like fresh flowers. You can pop into the shop for lunch or tea and let mom pick out her favorites like the poppy flower pastry, a shortbread almond biscuit topped with a soft almond biscuit and a light mousse infused with poppy flower. The candied raspberry center is surrounded by six petals of white chocolate.   (Courtesy Ladurée/ © Eric Mercier)
Plant-based deliciousness Equinox Restaurant has vegan moms covered this Mother’s Day with its vegan brunch. Carnivores and herbivores, alike, will enjoy the full buffet of plant-based dishes, a special pancake bar, and a free glass of rosé sangria for moms. Plus, don’t miss the exclusive vegan treats pop-up where you can purchase award-winning vegan desserts, including peanut butter bombs and mini-cakes.   (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Vineyard experience Take mom out for a weekend drive to Tarara Winery, a 475-acre estate nested along the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia. The winery offers complimentary wine tastings every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy an additional 15-percent off bottled wine purchases from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Take in the gorgeous views on the deck and lawn and listen to live music from 1 to 6 p.m.   (Courtesy Tarara Winery)
Give mom breakfast-in-bed  This Mother’s Day, chef Claudio Pirollo, owner of Et Voila!, is helping kids prepare the best Mother’s Day breakfast-in-bed with Belgian Waffle Breakfast-in-Bed Kits. Each kit serves two to four people and includes Et Voila’s Belgian waffle mix, Belgian chocolate sauce, a bag of fresh-ground European coffee and a recipe card for making the waffles. The kits are $35.   (Courtesy Et Voila!)
Extra-credit alert The Source by Wolfgang Puck will offer its dim sum brunch, typically only served on Saturdays, on Sunday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu will include several specials, in addition to the regular dim sum brunch menu (a 24-ounce bone-in rib eye steak for two with charred spring onion and Sichuan steak sauce; a whole roasted duckling for two with steamed buns; wok-fried thighs and legs; and a 2-pound Maine lobster for two with xo-chili sauce, stir-fried asparagus and peas). And for those who really want to show up their siblings this Mother’s Day, on Saturday, May 12, chef Russell Smith will lead an interactive demonstration on dumplings. Head bartender Agustino Juarez will pour table-side cocktails; following the class, enjoy a family-style brunch, including the dishes cooked in class. The event runs from noon to 2 p.m.; tickets are $100 and are available online.   (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Macarons and notebooks  Searching for the perfect gift isn’t necessary this Mother’s Day: Le Diplomate teamed up with Shinola to provide a Shinola notebook embossed with a gold heart to all moms. Additionally, pastry chef Fabrice Bendano created a bouquet of macarons in floral flavors of rose raspberry, lavender dark chocolate, and orange blossom almond macarons. All will be offered during Mother’s Day brunch with dishes like the duck Sarladaise with duck confit, eggs sunny side up, and roasted potatoes.     (Courtesy Le Diplomate)
Treat her to Tudor Place Treat the ladies to an exclusive Tudor Place garden tour this Mother’s Day. Enjoy a morning in secluded historic gardens on an expert-led tour of the colorful landscape in bloom. Receive a special coupon to local cafe and bakery Patisserie Poupon. Tickets are priced at $20 per person for nonmembers and $15 per person for members.   (Courtesy Tudor Place)
Client: E. Ladurée - Lieu: 43 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
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