"Oh good lord what is that?" popped out as I screeched to a halt at the dessert trough at the new downtown Copper Kettle. The stainless steel compartment filled with a crimson-colored cubes of roasted bread appeared at first glance to be a beet-stained stuffing, but a nearby gravy boat of crème anglaise tipped me off that we had encountered a rare red-velvet-cake bread pudding.
A second-cousin-once-removed of the infamous armadillo groom's cake, the RVBB is a recent triumph of Copper Kettle co-chef Angie Moreland, who debuted the decadent cocoa-tinged dessert last week at the SoBro outpost of the popular Granny White meat-and-three. Moist and creamy with faintly singed fringes, the pudding offers all the reassurance of the classic, with a whimsical touch of ruby.
Moreland says she'll probably run the red comfort-food confection once a month, so call ahead. While you're calling, you can get Copper Kettle's menu of sandwiches, wraps, meat-and-three and salads delivered in the downtown area for $2.
Located at 94 Peabody St. (phone: 742-5545), the downtown Copper Kettle serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.