Simplicity’s Pantry Homemade Collection • Almost all foods at The Mast Farm Inn are handcrafted and homemade in our gourmet kitchen "Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn". What follows are foods, snacks, goodies, treats, lunch and dinner picnic baskets we developed to serve our guests at The Inn. Increasingly guests want to purchase these to keep in their room during their stay, to take home for themselves, or to bring or mail to family and friends as gifts. As such we have developed this page so you can review our ever evolving and expanding collection of homemade foods, that you can request on arrival, or request for your arrival, using the online order form below. And you too can say "As God is my witness, I’ll never go hungry again"
All Baskets can be picked up at 11:00 AM or 4:00 PM or delivered between 6 & 6:30 PM. All of these items below can also be waiting in your room, cottage or cabin on arrival, ordered for delivery to your lodging at an appointed day and time, or prepped for the road, for day trips, or to bring home. All can be presented with a hand written parchment gift card with your personal message if requested, at no extra charge. Some of the items below can also be mailed to a person of your choice. Enquire at 828.963.5857 as to which items can be mailed.
To order any of the items below you can use the form at the bottom of this page. We will call or email you to obtain additional details and to confirm. While you are at the Inn you can also place your order at The Front Desk, but if not requested in advance, some of the customized based requests may be subject to availability.
HOMEMADE, HOME-BAKED CAKES
The Incredible Edible Fruit Cake
This incredibly edible fruitcake is not for mailing to friend or foe. It is appetizer, main and dessert in one nice package guaranteed to win hearts and minds. If you take it into battle, don’t throw it, offer to the enemy and you become fast friends and allies against the forces of evil. The most requested dessert in our gourmet kitchen Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn, downright addicting. • 25 & 45
The Southern Hummingbird
It’s the most requested cake recipe in Southern Living magazine history and frequents covered dish dinners all across the South, always receiving rave reviews. The recipe was submitted by a Mrs. L. H. Wiggins of Greensboro North Carolina and consists of two layers of cake full of chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, and mashed bananas that are filled and frosted with a delicious cream cheese icing. • 25 & 45
Chocolate De Cadence
Chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate shavings. In 1828, Conrad Van Houten of the Netherlands developed a mechanical extraction method for extracting the fat from cacao liquor resulting in cacao butter, a compacted mass of solids that could be sold as it was "rock cacao" or ground into powder. The processes transformed chocolate from an exclusive luxury to an inexpensive daily snack. A process for making silkier and smoother chocolate called conching was developed in 1879 by the Swiss Rodolphe Lindt and made it easier to bake with chocolate as it amalgamates smoothly and completely with cake batters… and the world has never been the same. • 25 & 45
Not So Plain Jane Subtilis Vanilla
Lacking adornment or pretension; basic and simple, so it’s all about subtlety and finesse… Yep, like a bridal garter is about finesse. • 25 & 45
Elvis Beard’s Red Velvet
James Beard’s 1972 reference American Cookery describes three red velvet cakes. The reaction of acidic vinegar and buttermilk tends to better reveal the red anthocyanin in the cocoa. Before more alkaline "Dutch Processed" cocoa was widely available, the red color would have been more pronounced. This natural tinting may have been the source for the name "red velvet". Endorsed by Elvis, whose image was last sighted in the mist at Linville Falls. • 25 & 45
I Bake, Therefore I Am
Custom designed cake based on your preferences, flavors, or recipes. • 45 and up
The Big Yummy Dozen
Choose your favorite from a wide selection of cookie recipes, and we will bake a dozen of big fresh cookies for you that day. • 15
The Cookie Monster Master Collection
A truly monstrous variety & quantity of homemade cookies made by Mast Farm Inn elves & the cookie jar to keep. Presented with hand written parchment gift card with your personal message if requested • 45
Hand It Over Financier
18 homemade financiers. A financier is a small French cake, often mistaken for a pastry. The financier is a light, moist teacake, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavoring. Financiers are often baked in shaped molds. The name "financier" is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold. Another theory says that the cake became popular in the financial district of Paris surrounding La Bourse du Commerce. • 18
Chocolate Covered Red Velvet
24 Sumptuous Chocolate Covered Red Velvet Shine cake bon-bons made by our gourmet kitchen Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn. Presented with hand written parchment gift card with your personal message if requested • 35
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
12 Sumptuous Chocolate Covered Strawberries made by our gourmet kitchen Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn. Presented with hand written parchment gift card with your personal message if requested • 25
Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Champagne
12 Sumptuous Chocolate Covered Strawberries made by our gourmet kitchen Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn and a bottle of champagne. Presented with hand written parchment gift card with your personal message if requested • 75
LUNCH PICNIC BASKETS & SANDWICHES
The Blue Ridge Parkway Picnic Basket
Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn can prepare you a gourmet picnic basket that is both healthy and robust on the day or days of your choice. We use wholesome products, mostly organic, free from harmful ingredients, and we can accommodate special requests. • 20 per person
The Epic Heroic Picnic Basket
Same as above but for lumberjacks. • 30 per person
The Mighty PB&J
“Nuf Said” • 7
Bing’s Big Turkey Salad
Homemade turkey salad, a little more sophisticated, fruity and crunchy. Our attorney says we have to tell you how many ounces and how many dill pickles and/or olives come with each thing, but we’re not going to do that. Comes with organic chips. • 12
No need to shake a spear Rosalind, a sandwich "As you like It"
Your own very robust custom designed sandwich any sandwich way but loose, organic chips • 15
No need to shake a spear Rosalind Vegan, a vegan sandwich "As you like It"
Your own very robust custom designed vegan sandwich any sandwich way but loose, organic chips • 15
DINNER PICNIC BASKETS
The Home Sweet Soup Basket
Hearty Portion of Homemade Soup, Bread, Butter, Cheese, Dessert, Bottled Water • 25 per person
Late Night With Simplicity Colbert
With this package no need to stop for a fast-food "meal" on the road, or on your way back from day-trip while here. Healthy and robust sandwich made to order, condiments, olives and home-made dill pickles, organic chips and snacks, home-made cookies, bottles of water, and for desert a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. • 35 per person
Danielle’s Delightful Deli Cheese & Meats Basket
Two cheeses, and two meats, Mast Farm Inn home-made jam & honey, 1 loaf of bread, two kinds of butter, home made pickles, dessert, fruit and bottled water. Presented with hand written parchment gift card with your personal message if requested. • 45 per person
Bottled water, and a selection of sodas, diet sodas, beers, craft beers, red and white wines, and champagne • From free to very un-free depending on your choices.
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Award-winning Historic Hotels of America® boutique hotel, and Select Registry® country inn, specializing in historic lodging, weddings, elopements, honeymoons, retreats and workshops, in Historic Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The Mast Farm Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the entire historic district of Valle Crucis in which it is located; a world-renowned rural mountain village, in the western North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
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