This year, eat here wants to treat mom to a fresh sunflower and a glass of bubbly.
In fact, eat here has a policy of treating all moms to libations on Mother‚Äôs Day as a tribute to Sean Murphy‚Äôs grandmother, ‚ÄúNana‚ÄĚ Martin.
In the Nova Scotia vernacular ‚ÄúNana‚ÄĚ is an endearment for ‚Äúgrandmother.‚ÄĚ A ‚Äúsip‚ÄĚ with dinner was part of Nana‚Äôs dinner ritual.
Sean has a great reverence for his grandmother.
‚ÄúMy grandmother had ten children and my grandfather was something of a partier. One day my two uncles, both monsignors, brought the bishop by for tea and the subject of my grandfather came up while Nana was out of the room. They all put down their cups, shook their heads, rolled their eyes to heaven, and said ‚Äėah‚Ä¶that poor woman is a saint‚Äô. I thought that settled the matter. Nana was a saint. I had a winning hand ‚Ä¶ two monsignors and a bishop ‚Ä¶ against two sisters.‚ÄúMy grandmother was a saint. Almost literally. As a kindergartner I was convinced Nana was a real saint and I got into trouble with the two good sisters teaching kindergarten. I was punished for arrogance. They were teaching ‚ÄėLives of the Saints‚Äô and I was adamant that the book was wrong because my Nana wasn‚Äôt in there.
‚ÄúNana lived to be ninety-five. Conscious of her tribulations, her doctor had told her to have a wee sip of port before every meal. It would calm her nerves and improve her appetite. Nana was a woman of strong character, a great lady, but she was very delicate and frail in stature.
‚ÄúShe set a meticulous table for dinner every evening. Just as we were about to be seated she would remove her lace apron, open the cupboard under the huge sink, pull out a bottle of port, pop the cork and knock back a quick swig. She would then recork the bottle, put it back under the sick, sit at the table and say grace.
‚ÄúThat quick little sip of the port was incongruous with everything else she did ‚Äď but it worked wonders. The aggravations of the day slipped away. Nana‚Äôs dinners were always joyous occasions.‚ÄĚ
Treat mom to diner and we'll treat her to a fresh sunflower and a glass of champagne!
About eat here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota were recently selected as two of Florida‚Äôs ‚Äúbest new restaurants‚ÄĚ as part of Florida Trend‚Äôs Golden Spoon Awards. Eat Here is located at 1888 Main St., Sarasota,941-365-8700; 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800; and 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411, www.eathereflorida.com.