Sunday, November 9, 2008

Dining in the Country & Dining at The Fresh Market

Saturday was a fun day! My friend Kara and I hit the road early to attend a Holiday Open House at Rosebriar Dining, in Eads, Tennessee. Then, on the way back home we stopped at the Fresh Market in Memphis--my second favorite grocers, running close behind Trader Joes! Fresh Market was having their annual holiday meal tasting. Finally, we made one last stop at the Home Decor store in Southaven and picked up an item to help wardrobe a holiday tablescape-in-planning. There was a lot of good food, a little gossiping, and of course, shopping.

Debbie Sisk, owner, Rosebriar Dining
I would like to introduce to y'all a friend of mine. Her name is Debbie Sisk and she's the owner of Rosebriar Dining, in Eads, Tennessee (just outside of Memphis). I first met Debbie through a friend who called me and said "Would you like to go to lunch out in Eads with a group of ladies?" I asked "Where is Eads and what restaurant are we going to?" It was then she told me about Debbie...She caters afternoon teas, luncheons, and dinner parties in her home. Hmmmmmm, I thought, why not? After that first visit, I was hooked. I told everyone I knew about this Debbie Sisk lady. She cooks the most fabulous gourmet meals and serves guests at her dining table, which comfortably seats about 16 people. The recipes consist of fresh ingredients and are served using her finest dinnerware. Debbie and I were a perfect match and partnered together to present Tea and Dining Etiquette programs in her home during the past year.
Debbie is the epitome of a Southern lady; she loves her family and home and she loves to entertain and shop. She has been serving guests in her home for over 14 years and does no advertising--just word of mouth from one Southern Lady to another. Yesterday she held her annual Holiday Open House--clothing, holiday gifts, jewelry, tea, and foods were all elegantly displayed throughout her home. Over 300 ladies attended the event and enjoyed tasting soups, dips, cakes and a hot beverage of apple cider with red hots--they also shopped like Southern recessionistas.
I almost screamed when I saw these cute wellies. I knew I had to have them! Thank goodness she had my size, 'cuz I love them. If you would like to get a pair (they are $39.95), Debbie will be glad to send them to you. Her contact information will be listed later in this post.

I had to fight for these cute little containers...and a holiday tablescape was born when I saw them! Stay tuned for that in December.

First, I will show some photos of Debbie's house taken during the past summer, then I will show the photos from yesterday's event.

Rosebriar...Dining in the Country

What a lovely setting for an afternoon tea, luncheon, or dinner party

The side board, on a normal day...

The next three photos are of the parlor...a proper spot for a "Low Tea"

The parlor The parlor--a perfect place to serve a "Low Tea"
Rosebriar...Holiday Open House

Let's shop...she'll take cash, credit, or check!

Parlor mantle vignette--right side Parlor mantle vignette--Left side
Vintage tree in parlor

Family room mantel

Dining sideboard--left side Dining sideboard--right side
Master bedroom
Bedside table vignette
Master bedroom chandelier
Vintage tree in master bedroom

Powder room

An additional bathroom

I hope you had fun meeting Debbie and visiting her beautiful home. If you are ever in the Memphis area, call Debbie and make a reservation. You can visit her online at

So, we headed back to DeSoto County and stopped off at The Fresh Market for some groceries. They were holding their annual Holiday Meal Tasting...more food--okay, no problem.

The servers at The Fresh Market Roasted turkey with gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn souffle, and sweet potatoe casserole--it was excellent!

When we were almost home, we stopped at the Home Decor Store in Southaven, Mississippi and I picked up another item for that holiday tablescape-in-planning I mentioned earlier in the post.

With all that party food, shopping, and gossiping, the day was over. But it was perfect!

I am so glad you stopped by today; I'm off now to enjoy some warm pumpkin scones and hot tea with my friend Kara.


Unknown said...

What a great post about your friend! I have to say, I love a red dining room! Her home is so elegant. Thank you for the tour and dinner! : )


Gone said...

What a delightful place your friend has!! Everything is so beautiful. I'd love to visit!!!

southerninspiration said...

Oh, goodness, some serious eye candy there! thanks for sharing and thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a comment! I hope you'll come back!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I loved visiting your friend's home. How lovely it is, and what an industrious person she must be..dining, tea, and gifts all in her home(and catering too)! Reading about her has worn me out! laurie

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Hi Janice, Great post! Love hearing about your friend, Debbie. I want a close up of that table! :-) The bathroom with the red toile paper was wonderful! Susan

Lady Katherine said...

Oh! I want to go, can not be too far from my home.Love all the photo's! I have got to have the boots! I asked my daughters to look around for some, living in the country, in winter they are a must! Thank you so much for the tour, I going see if I can find it on the map! By the way stop by, I left you something on my blog.

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Hi Janice,
I was talking about a close up of that loooooong table at Debbie's home, or at least I think that's where it is. I wanted to see napkin placement, etc... Looks like she may have her flatware on top of the napkin. I'm, for once, placing my napkins by my place setting in my tablescape tomorrow...even though I have some cute napkin rings I was tempted to use. :-) Susan
P.S. I'm still learning...that's the best part! :-)

Nancy Rosalina said...

Oh Miss Janice, This is so nice! What a pleasure it must be for your friend to do this in her home! I would love to try something like that! I would also love to go to her home! Oh, and I love the fresh market, I did a post about the ones here in Knoxville, back in the Summer. It is my favorite grocer store also! Hope you have a great day. Nancy

playsdolls said...

Miss Janice you must have had a wonderful day yesterday,your friends home is beautiful.All the Christmas decor was so wonderful to look at.The long table ana settings were awesome,your friend has a greatalent. Thank you for giving such a wonderful tour and post about your day.Thank you for dropping by my blog and posting a comment,I do appericate the coment.

Rue said...

Hi Miss Janice :)

Debbie's home is an absolute delight! Please tell her thank you for letting us take a peek. I think I could move right into that toile bathroom of hers ;)

Your last post was full of beautiful ideas for the upcoming holidays. Thank you so much for sharing them.

Have a wonderful evening,

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hello Miss Janice, I have been meaning to stop by now for the last few days ; and I finally made it . I loved your tour of Rosebrier. I would love to go there one day.
Come visit me when you can. Oh and welcome to blogland dear.

Lady Katherine said...

Thanks for letting me know about the boots, I going to get a pair! Thank you so much.

On The Wings Of Love said...

Hi Janice,

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog and the very sweet comments you left me. I'm so glad you enjoyed it ...I'm still pretty new to blogging but I'm loving it - especially meeting so many neat ladies like yourself.

.......and your blog had me lost too much eye candy - I didn't know what I loved best - those delicious boots , the cookie in a jar recipe that I absolutely must try or your friend Brett's gorgeous home.

....will definitely be back and please stop by my blog anytime !


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a lovely place your friend has! And I love those toile wellies. I ran into our Fresh Market here in Hendersonville, NC and didn't even know they were having their meal tasting! I wish I had time to stay and sample but I was late for an appointment...

Anonymous said...

Evening, Miss Janice! I love your friend's place! It's beautiful! Do you get to eat free! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

mrs shortcake said...

I love those boots too! Great taste! I can't wait to see what you used those polka-dot glass peices for!

brettinsky said...

What a beautiful home!

And I am in love with your new boots!

Thanks for joining the Trim the Tree Thursday blog event! I will post a link to your blog-simply post whatever holiday decor your choose, the Trim the Tree Thursday pic from my blog, and a link to me so your guests can look at everyones decor!