Thursday, July 22, 2010

Afternoon Tea at the Amherst Rose in Massillon, Ohio

Several members of Afternoon Tea Across America, an online tea discussion group, held a 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Amherst Rose Parlour and Gift Shop in Massillon, Ohio and at Paris in a Cup Tea Salon in Orange, California on Saturday, July 17, 2010. 
Mary and I drove 820 miles round-trip to be a part of the fantastic celebration in Massilon. 

Afternoon Tea Across America is an online discussion forum for Tea Enthusiasts on all levels, including tea room owners, tea educators, tea party caterers, tea journalists and authors of tea books,individuals in tea product development and sales, and tea hostesses.  The group has more than 350 members in North America. 
Mary Jane of Amherst Rose chose a French theme for our afternoon tea menu to co-ordinate with the CA group's tea at Paris in a Cup. 
Our celebration began with several toasts with the delicious Sence Rose Nectar.
A tradition at the Amherst Rose is to have dessert first.  The dessert was a petite cupcake with Rosewater Frosting shown in the photo below.
The unique and special feature of this afternoon tea was that it was a "pot luck" tea with foods being contributed by all the participants.  Believe me, it was not an easy task to provide tea foods from home when you have driven 6 1/2 house to tea. 
The soup, Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque was made by Mary Jane.  The Cheddar and Chive Biscuits were made by Ingrid and brought her home in Toronto. 
The three tier server was loaded with warm Cherry and Plain Kensington Palace Scones made by Eve.  They were served withLemon Curd, Double Devon Cream, and Marmalady's Jams.
The sandwiches included Cucumber and Boursin Cheese Sandwiches and Brie and Fig Preserves on French Baguette Slices,
Lori provided Chicken Salad with Cashews and dried Cranberries on Croissants, Mary Jane made Herb Roasted Pork Loin on Olive Oil Bread with Horseradish Cream and Seasonal Fruit Stacks. 
Desserts included Chocolate Chambord Truffles and Lindt White Chocolate Hearts by Ingrid, Sweet Potato Muffins and Butter Finger Cookies by Sandy, Petit Fours and Lemon Poppy Seed Madeleine's by Phyllis, Strawberries a la Karen (cookies) by Karen and...
White Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Meringues, Rose Chocolates by Mary Jane and...
French Macarons from Pistacia Vera Bakery in Columbus, OH. 

Teas included:
Mariage Freres Marco Polo
Mariage Freres Darjeeling Princeton
Tregothnan English Estate Classic Tea
and three more very special teas to be highlighted in upcoming posts. 

This was a marathon afternoon tea lasting about five hours.  We connected by phone with Val and Martha and the California ATAA group and by skype with Gwen in Dayton and Marilyn in Portland, Oregon. 

We exchanged recipes and ideas.  There was much tea talk around the beautiful, bountiful table!

To be continued....


racheld said...

Five hours of such a beautiful occasion, and tea talk with all those lovely courses!

What a project to get it all together, and what FUN!

Were you all already friends, or online friends? I hope this will be an annual event.

And---recipes, maybe? Everything looks just elegantly scrumptious.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, what a beautiful setting for an afternoon Tea and look at all of those scrumptious goodies! Looks like you has a delightful time!

Happy I found your blog!


Linda J. said...

Rachel, we began as online friends several years ago. Some of us had met. Some of us had "met" via phone calls. It was a very special event of friendship and tea.

bennie and patsy said...

How wonderful and fun.

Marilyn said...

Oh I was an exciting event that I hope becomes an annual event. What fun to imagine sitting there with you though I only saw you on skype for a few moments.

Time Traveling in Costume said...

This was so nice to share with everyone, and after seeing all the delicious food your ladies brought, I think next time I'm going to offer my home for the So CA group to do a potluck too.

Tea Duchess said...

You ladies look like you had a great time.

amherstrose said...

Hello Linda,

Thank you for featuring The Amherst Rose on your wonderful blog. You did a great job of giving your readers a picture of the celebration we shared last week.

It was such a lovely gathering of tea friends and everyone shared so generously of their talents. It was my honor to host this occasion and I thank all of our guests for coming to make this such a wonderful event. Our "Marathon Tea Party" was indeed memorable and I am still enjoying all of the photos that were taken and remembering the special moments shared around the tea table.

Hugs to you Linda and I hope we will be able to meet again to celebrate tea and friendship.

Mary Jane
The Amherst Rose and
Parlour Gift Shoppe
Massillon OH

Angela McRae said...

What a fabulous teatime you had! I love the "potluck" idea, and yes, that took some work for everyone to pull all that together -- wow!

(Love the eat-dessert-first idea, too!)


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