We’re on our way to the General Assembly having ended our family vacation this morning. We are spending a couple of nights in central Florida near Ocala, Weirsdale to be exact. In the local promotional magazine placed in our B&B room Cheryl read a glowing report of a restaurant in nearby Wildwood, The Cotillion Southern Cafe. The accompanying photo was of their red velvet cake, it looked so good we had to try it.
The Cotillion is located on Main Street in the old bank building. We had fried catfish with “Southern Ice Cream,” grits with cheese. It was fabulous. The cake was better than it looked. The owner is an 8th generation Floridian. Her ancestors were loyalist during the American Revolution who fled to Florida after the war. One of her ancestors was the father of Lem Turner after whom one of the main roads in Jacksonville was named. I grew up “just off Lem Turner Road."
It was a blessed discovery. I am thankful.
July 24, 2010