When a child is born so is a mother and grandmother.
In the United States, Mother’s Day started nearly 150 years ago when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community… a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.”
Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed women bore the loss of human life more harshly than men.
In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.”
Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna’s mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. In 1914 Anna’s hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.
Cream of English Pea Soup, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis
Purée of English pea soup, topped with a roasted red pepper coulis and Montrachet goat cheese.
Soup a L’Oignon
French onion soup with toasted crouton and Gruyère cheese.
Rich lobster bisque, flavored with brandy and tarragon and topped with a fleuron.
Chez François Spring Spinach & Strawberry Salad
Erie County spring spinach salad, tossed with a champagne vinaigrette dressing with applewood smoked bacon, Bermuda red onions, hard-boiled eggs and a seasonal tomato.
Florida Hog Snapper Filet, Golden Delicious Apple Bénédictine Butter Sauce
Hog snapper filet, lightly-breaded with almond flour and topped with an apple Bénédictine butter sauce.
Roasted Breast of Chicken, Coq au Vin
A roasted chicken breast with applewood smoked bacon, Vidalia onions, mushrooms, red wine, with saffron rice.
Seared California Duck Breast, Frangelico Cherry Glace
A lightly-peppered duck breast, served with caramelized pearl onions, plump raisins, sun-dried cherries, topped with Montrachet goat cheese, sauced with a Frangelico duck glace, with a hazelnut sweet potato mousseline.
Filet de Boeuf, Cabernet Sauvignon Wild Mushroom Sauce
Grilled filet of aged beef served over an herb risotto, topped with a seasonal wild mushroom sauce, with spring vegetables, garnished with a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese crisp.
White Chocolate Mousse Torte, Spring Berries
White chocolate mousse torte, topped with Chantilly cream, served with spring berries with a raspberry coulis.
Delarobi Fruit Tart, Framboise Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
A fruit tart filled with kiwi, strawberries and raspberries, glazed with apricot pastry cream and served with a raspberry ice cream.