Season’s at Highland Lake plans Valentine’s weekend events

Season’s at Highland Lake in Flat Rock has planned a weekend of foodcentric events to highlight Valentine’s Day. A special menu will be offered 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, featuring appetizers of lobster bisque and baby arugula salad, entrees of seared North Carolina tilefish, winter herb-roasted North Carolina pork tenderloin and grilled bone-in Manhattan strip and pineapple cornmeal upside-down cake or chocolate croissant bread pudding for dessert.

For those who want to stretch Valentine’s Day into a full weekend, a Sweetheart Brunch Buffet will be served 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. The buffet  will offer a selection of soups, a build-you-own omelet station, entrées, sides and holiday desserts.

The Valentine’s Day dinner is $50 per person. The buffet is $27.95 per person, $13.95 for ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 and younger. To make reservations for either the buffet or the dinner, call 696-9094.

Here is the full menu for the Valentine’s Day dinner:

St. Valentine’s Day 2015

Dinner Menu


Lobster Bisque

Butter Poached Lobster, Truffle-Scented Anson Mills Popcorn, Micro-Tarragon

Baby Arugula Salad

Pickled Local Apples, Three Graces’ Goat Cheese Fritters, Spiced Grapes,

Shaved Shallots, Creamy Cider Vinaigrette, Sorghum Emulsion


Seared NC Tilefish

Salsify Purée, Sautéed Swiss Chard, Castelvetrano Olive Tapenade,

Preserved Meyer Lemon-Horseradish Beurre Blanc, Grapefruit Gastrique

Winter Herb-Roasted NC Pork Tenderloin

Blood Orange and Caramelized Shallot Relish, Smoked Cheddar Grit Cakes,

Bacon Wilted Kale, Chicharrones, Citrus Pork Jus

Grilled Bone-In Manhattan Strip

Roasted Cauliflower Purée, Thyme Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Petite Green Beans,

Red Onion Marmalade, Lusty Monk Mustard Demi


Pineapple Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry-Bourbon Compote, Coconut Sorbet, Sweet Pineapple Jerky, Micro-Basil

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Blood Orange Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Salt Roasted Marcona Almonds


$50 per person plus tax and gratuity

Featuring Live Music by Bruce Lang

Please call (828) 696-9094 for Reservations


Here is the full press release about the Sweetheart Brunch Buffet:

Flat Rock, NC – February 3, 2015. Season’s at Highland Lake will celebrate the Valentine’s Day Weekend with a special “Sweetheart” Brunch Buffet.

Soup selections will feature White Bean, Leek and Ham Soup and Roasted Red Pepper Bisque.  Season’s Salad Bar, elaborate fruit display and House Smoked Salmon will also be highlighted.

Breakfast selections will include Season’s “Build Your Own” 
Omelet Station featuring an assortment of Cheeses, Vegetables and Meats as well as Stone-Ground Grits with Cheddar, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Buttermilk Bisquits, Sausage Gravy and Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed “Crème Brûlée” French Toast.

Entrées will include our traditional Salt and Herb Crusted NY Strip Loin, hand carved and accompanied by Horseradish Cream and Au Jus. Other entrées are Rosemary and Sage Brined Pork Loin and Spicy Grilled Chicken Breast with Tomato and Fennel Ragout.

A tempting array of side dishes and holiday desserts will complete this lovely brunch buffet.


$27.95 per person/Children 6-11 $13.95/5 and under free

10% Senior Discount

Reservations can be made by calling (828) 696-9094.

About Season’s at Highland Lake

Season’s at Highland Lake is an award-winning restaurant and a part of Highland Lake Inn & Resort located in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Entertaining guests year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu is as varied, rich and enticing as the offerings of the four distinct seasons from which its name is derived. In season, diners will experience seasonal herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers hand-picked in the on site organic garden. Season’s awards include the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2000, the Open Table Diner’s Choice Winner, the TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2014, and the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Fire on the Rock 2014 Champion.

About Gina Smith
Gina Smith is the Mountain Xpress Food section editor and writer. She can be reached at

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