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....

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