First of all let's address the name of the restaurant. Different - yes. Hard to remember and pronounce - YES! I still can't really say it correctly. Maybe it's just me but I don't know that it's the best idea to name your establishment something that people may not be able to remember or say. For those (like me) that don't know what Halcyon means here's a little description from their website:
Halcyon is a Greek Goddess who turns into a bird and mates during the Winter Solstice. While her nest Floats in the ocean . . . All is peaceful and Tranquil in the World
As you can already tell I did not take these pictures - which are gorgeous!! It was too dark to get any quality shots and the sweet people @ Lunazohn gave me permission to use photos from Halcyon's website. Go check them out here. Beautiful work!
Now onto the - FOOD and DESIGN...
White Bean Hummus
First course (choice of one)
Farm Salad - local head lettuces, overnight Roma tomatoes, seasonal accompaniments
Pate Tasting - house crafted duck and chicken liver pates with cherry shallot jam
Cheese and Garniture - selection of artisanal cheese with accompaniments
Second course (choice of one)
Short Ribs - with pommes puree, winter vegetable mash, and red wine syrup
Roasted Chicken - with duxelle, spaghetti squash, and chestnut truffle honey
Winter Lasagne - crafted from housemade pasta and ricotta, seasonal winter vegetables, and winter pesto
Third course (choice of one)
Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Pudding
The cheeses were absolutely amazing!! They had a Carolina Blue that was delightful with a touch of honey. It was a milder blue and the sweetness of the honey really made a yummy bite! There was also a Cheddar made in the Asheville area - I love cheddar - and this was no exception!