Paris KY

Poppy Barley Brunch, Reed Valley Orchard, Paris, KY


Tiffany Mitchell (of Offbeat and Inspired) and her sister Rebecca invited me to the Poppy Barley Brunch held at Reed Valley Orchard this past Saturday (October 18). Poppy Barley sponsored the event, and all the hosts were booted in their beautifully, custom-made footwear (see below pics of Tiffany, Rebecca, Rachel and Elizabeth). Elizabeth Cauvel (runner up of this past season of Master Chef) prepared the scrumptious brunch menu, with ingredients sourced from Whole Foods Lex. Live music was provided by the delightful Molly Parden, hailing from my hometown of Nashville, TN. Other sponsors include Morris Book Shop of Lexington, Ruby & Mr. Getzy (they provided the tree-bark wood coaster party favors), Le Deauville French Bistro (the dishes and glassware), and Longwood Antique Woods (from whence hailed the beautiful wooden table).


Saturday morning, I wake up with little sleep after closing down the W6 brewery Friday night. In a fog, I scramble to drive to Paris, KY to find Reed Valley Orchard in order to brunch. After almost plowing over about 19 cyclists in the bike club who in return offered me free cider, I arrive, 20 minutes late to the Orchard and try to follow the directions given by Rebecca: "...walk straight down the gravel road until the last section of apple trees...there are little wooden signs in front of each lane of apples. You'll see a sign that says Fuji #29...".

I start walking down the little gravel road to see little municipalities of Apple trees, each populated by different cultivars of apples. "Where are the f***** FUJIs ??!?!?" I cuss to myself.  I frantically call everyone, because I feel terrible already being 20 minutes late, but, no one answered their phone, because they were knee deep in the most delicious hot cocoa that had ever touched their lips.

After visiting various incorrect apple municipalities, saying hello to their mayors, and wandering around in my now-muddied silver-heeled booties, I decide to go into the Reed Valley Orchard store to ask help in finding this Poppy Barley Brunch. Trudy (of course Trudy knew) at the front desk finally showed me a map and told me to go over the hill through the woods...

After a bit of a hike, I found the girls brunching between the Fuji Trees. I jumped right in, onto the vacant tree stump seat, my American Apparel thigh high socks getting stuck on the bark, and I started chowing down...MIAM! YUM! MIAM!

All this to say, I have no pictures of the beautiful brunch pre-feasting. As a result, you get more pictures of the crumbs. Nevertheless, even with my tardiness, this was one of the most magical, idyllic events I've ever experienced. I hope you enjoy the pictures...thank you so much to Tiffany and Rebecca for the invite.