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Patch Picks: Easter Brunch

Spring has sprung and Easter is on its way so find out where to celebrate!

Easter is right around the corner—Sunday to be exact. People gather to celebrate a biblical miracle, kids hunt for whimsical colored eggs and the tradition of Easter Sunday brunch is still alive and well. You needn’t go far to find a place to break bread with family and friends this Easter, so take a gander at these five brunch options and make sure to make a reservation as soon as you can.

The Rose Garden Tea Room at the : Although the Rose Garden Tea Room is serving its regular menu and not a special Easter brunch, they are open on Easter and will not disappoint. Savory finger sandwiches, cheeses, fresh baked scones, tea, salads and small desserts await you. After your meal, stroll the Huntington’s expansive gardens and reflect on Easter’s theme of rebirth as you gaze at acres of blossoming plant life.

Never one to let a holiday pass without a culinary tribute, Julienne has a spread fit for a king if you are having Easter brunch at home or bringing a dish to an Easter gathering. Hors d’oeuvres include carrot ginger soup and deviled egg halves; entrees include french toast with rosemary currant bread, mango and orange marmalade glazed ham, and three cheese strata with tomatoes and basil pesto; and side dishes include fresh pea salad with mint, bacon, and light sour cream dressing, orzo with french feta, mint, toasted pine nuts, roasted peppers and scallions. Don’t forget dessert! While kids can enjoy various Easter candy treats, adults can indulge in rhubarb meringue tarts, French macaroons and hummingbird cake with banana, pineapple and pecans, cream cheese frosting, coconut shavings and jelly bean decoration. These dishes are just part of Julienne’s Easter menu so hop on over to their Web site to see the full spread. Julienne encourages ordering in advance.

The Langham Huntington Hotel: In a setting that exudes spring, dine on prime rib, duck, lamb, waffles, omelets, seafood, cheeses, fresh fruit, champagne and even a chocolate fountain in either the Huntington Ballroom or The Terrace. Brunch is $95 per person and $35 for children four to 12. Call (626) 585-6218 for reservations. For $20 each, children can partake in the Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. in the Horseshoe Garden. A petting zoo with goats, chickens and bunnies will even be on hand in the Langham’s front drive.

 at nearby Descanso Gardens: There is a buffet brunch in the Rose Pavilion with Easter baskets provided to children 12 and under who participate in the hunt. The event is held on Saturday and Easter Sunday (April 23 and 24) with three seatings between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for adults, $18 for children 4-12, and free for children under 4 (and there are discounts for members). Reservations are required. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada, 818-949-4200

Open to club members only, Easter brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the last seating at 2 p.m. Adults brunch is $37.95 and kids brunch is $12.95 (age 3 to 6) and $16.95 (ages 7 to 12). Easter egg hunts take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and a petting zoo and crafts are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. RSVP by calling (626) 794-7163 or email frontdesk@altaclub.com

DC April 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM
The Altadena Town and Country Club brunch is for private members only. Nice idea though....
Jessica Hamlin April 21, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Thank you for the heads-up, Delia. The event was listed as "open to all" in our events calendar but I just called the country club to confirm and it is indeed only open to club members so I made the change in our event and will make note of it in the article.

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