Monday, March 31, 2014

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea for two of the Traveling Tea Friends

Pastry Chef Liz prepared a delicious Gluten Free version of the 
Kentucky Derby Inspired Afternoon Tea
for Melissa (Celiac Disease) and me (gluten intolerance)
 A Ceramic Spoon of Spoonbread (above) to be eaten warm with butter.
The recipe for spoonbread is gluten free.   
A Cup of Kentucky Burgoo shown with my cup of Mayor's Blend Tea

The first course was served to all guests plated: 
 Liz's Spicy Pimento Cheese Sandwich on Gluten Free Bread
Fancy Deviled Egg
Mini Hot Brown in a Ceramic Spoon
Open-faced Country Ham and Apricot Jam on Gluten Free Bread Round
The presentation is lovely! 
The next two courses were served on the three tiered server to guests,
but Gluten Free guests must be served separately.
Therefore these courses were served plated:
Gluten Free Blueberry Scone
Gluten Free Lemon Scone
Served with Double Devon Cream and Jam
White Chocolate Dipped Raspberries and Strawberries
Chocolate Bourbon Tartlet (flourless chocolate cake)
and Spoon of GF Race Day Pie

 Thank you, Thank you, to Chef Liz 
for this delicious gluten free afternoon tea.
Melissa, Nancy Reppert, Chef Liz and Linda (me)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Traveling Tea Friends Meet Pastry Chef Liz at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel

 Melissa, Nancy, Pastry Chef Liz, and Linda (me)
enjoyed a special Kentucky Derby Inspired Afternoon Tea 
at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18th 
in the Skylight Room, a private dining room
at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College.
Chef Liz planned and prepared a most delightful Derby Tea menu.
Beautiful and delicious  Horseshoe Sugar Cookies made by Chef Liz
Below:  Aaron and Chadwick brewing the Mayor's Cup
and Lavender Earl Grey teas. 
The tea brewing was set-up in the Coyle Gathering Room, 
a private dining room adjacent to the Skylight Room.
Rachel was our server. 
I should have asked how many cups of tea were  served to our group
of ten tea bloggers, tea educators and tea lovers.
Yes, we do drink multiple cups of tea!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Traveling Tea Friends Boone Tavern Hotel Kentucky Derby Inspired Afternoon Tea

 On Tuesday afternoon, Liz the pastry chef, 
and the staff at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College
debuted the Kentucky Derby Tea menu for our group
in the private setting of the Skylight Dining Room 
Below: (clockwise)
Lynn, Melissa, Phyllis, Lori and Angela
 Below: (left to right)
Maureen, Patty, Mary
Nancy and I were seated at this table, but were taking photos.
Teas served for this event were,
Elmwood Inn Fine Teas -  Lavender Earl Grey and the Mayor's Cup (both black teas)
The first course was a "spoon" of Boone Tavern Spoonbread
 The second course was a delicious cup of Kentucky Burgoo
The savories (clockwise), served plated: 
Liz's Spicy Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Fancy Deviled Egg
Mini Hot Brown
Tea Biscuit with Country Ham and Apricot Jam

 Next, he three-tiered servers were brought to the table.
The courses are eaten from the bottom to the top. 
Bottom tier: 
 "Lily" scone cranberry and orange zest with triple sec
Plain Scone

 Middle tier:
White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Raspberries
 Top Tier: (Desserts)
Chocolate Bourbon Tartlets
Mini Race Day Bites
Mini Cupcakes with Mint Julep Frosting
And, a special treat,  Horseshoe Sugar Cookies

 As you can see, everyone enjoyed this very special afternoon tea. 
In my next post, will  continue more Traveling Tea Friends posts,
including the fantastic gluten free Derby Tea provided by Pastry Chef Liz.
In the meantime Angela, Maureen, Phyllis and Nancy
will also be blogging about the Traveling Tea Friends Gathering in Kentucky.
Some* have already started their series of posts, so you will want to review
the last several days of blog posts on those blogs.
*Angela from GA at Tea With Friends
*Maureen from GA at Tea and Talk 
Phyllis from MI at The Relevant Tea Leaf 
Nancy from PA at Rosemary's Sampler

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Traveling Tea Friends Tasting Teas at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

 Bruce, Linda (me) and Shelley at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas 
in Danville, KY.
Tasting the rare and very special
Hawaiian Tea Forest White Tea 
(see description on package below) 
Samples served by Lois
The Elmwood Inn Tea Shop is very tastefully decorated
and they offer many teas, books, and tea accoutrements for sale.
You may order from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas online.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Traveling Tea Friends Visit Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

On Tuesday morning the ten Traveling Tea Friends visited Bruce and Shelley Richardson's 
lovely Elmwood Inn Fine Teas shop in Danville, KY 

I am in the photo below with Shelley, Nancy Reppert of Sweet Remembrances Tea Room
 in  Mechanicsburg, PA and Bruce.  
 Bruce's tea talk was, as always, fascinating.  He also answered questions,
and provided several tea tastings for our group.  

 Below, Patty with Ben Richardson. 
Yes, we did a "little" tea shopping. 
 Bruce autographing one of his books for Phyllis, The Relevant Tea Leaf Blog

thank you so much for your kind hospitality!  
NOTE:  This is the third post in a series of the Traveling Tea Friends in Kentucky series with more posts to come. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Traveling Tea Friends Take Over The Parlor of Historic Boone Tavern Hotel

The Traveling Tea Friends
(see photo at the bottom)
 three-night Gathering was held at
March 17 - 20, 2014

The 2nd Floor Parlor was reserved for tea chats, tea tastings and fun visits
Monday afternoon through Thursday morning.
I named it the "Tea Parlor" for this event.  

The Traveling Tea Friends,
bloggers and tea lovers,
left to right
 Melissa, Lori, Phyllis, Patty, Maureen, Mary,
Lynn, Nancy, and Angela.

Many more blog posts to come....
Angela's Blog Post Today

Friday, March 21, 2014

Traveling Tea Friends Gathering in Berea, Kentucky

The Traveling Tea Friends
left to right
Phyllis, Linda (me), Nancy, Lori, Angela, and Maureen
enjoyed a Gathering at Boone Tavern Hotel in Berea, KY
this week. 
This was not our first Gathering. We have traveled together before,
 and we look forward to another gathering in the future.
In the meantime,
there will be many upcoming blog posts about our tea adventures
at the following blogs:
Tea With Friends
The Relevant Tea Leaf
Tea and Talk
Rosemary's Sampler
and, of course, here on
Friendship Tea

We look forward to your blog visits and comments!
 This is the first of my
Traveling Tea Friends Series of blog posts.

Friday, March 14, 2014

St.Patrick's Day Tea Table

The table is set, and guests are soon to arrive.
I'll be taking a few days off from blogging
to enjoy a Tea Friends Gathering in Kentucky.  
I'll return to the blog in a few days
 to post our fun tea adventures. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Birthday Celebration Continues...

I'm enjoying lunches, dinners, and cups of tea
with friends and family.
What a fun birthday week celebration! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Birthday Celebration 2014

 I received a pretty bouquet from Glenn and Austin, and cards from friends and family.
Let the birthday celebration begin! 
Lynn and I began this morning in Midway, KY at the
Midway School Bakery.  Oh my!  I had a delicious gluten free
pumpkin muffin, and brought home a few gluten free pastries.  
 After visiting Midway, we drove through the beautiful
horse farm country to Wallace Station.
 Lynn and I ordered the Shady Lane Chicken Salad Plate,
chicken salad, potato salad, fresh fruit and a muffin.
Midway School Bakery gluten free bread was substituted on my plate.
 We talked non-stop, and had a great day together!


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