Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Busy Week Planned

 Each spring our family hosts the Japanese Sister City delegation
for the first night reception and casual dinner on Tuesday night. 
We will participate in a full week of activities while they are here. 
Glenn is reading their history and agenda in Japanese (not!) 

Below:  Austin played My Old Kentucky Home on the ukulele
while everyone attending (including the Japanese) sang along.  

Monday, April 28, 2014

It Takes a TEAM to Host a Tea for 70

 Afternoon Tea at Boone Tavern is a major team effort. 
Remember, this is a busy hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner service,
in addition to various scheduled special events.  
 Some of the tea brewing in the photo above. 
Chef Scott
 Chef Cliff
 Pastry Chef Liz

 Dining Room Manager, Aaron and Chadwick in the background
and various assistants. 
 Table set-up, and much more! 
I helped with tea brewing and greeting guests,
and wore my hat to tea.  But, had no time for photos. 
And, the staff served over 350 guests on Easter Sunday for lunch.

I wish I had this staff when I serve tea in my home! 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kentucky Derby Tea at Boone Tavern Hotel

The Kentucky Derby, known as
"The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports"
is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.
The Kentucky Derby Festival officially began on April 12th.
Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant at Berea College
held their third afternoon tea on April 19th.
The theme was "A Kentucky Derby Tea." 
The event was sold out weeks in advance,
The Coyle Dining Room was set for tea.
The guests enjoyed the coziness of this room,
compared to previous teas held in the elegant main dining room. 
Guests were encouraged to wear Derby attire, including hats.
The room was filled with ladies wearing colorful hats and spring attire.
I was happy to see our number of gentlemen guests increased.

The tea service began with a Cherry Rose Green Tea.
and  a "spoon" of
Boone Tavern's famous spoonbread.
Guests were also offered Elmwood Inn's Lavender Earl Grey Tea,
the Mayor's Cup Black Tea, and Strawberry Kiwi Herbal.
Served Plated
Tea Biscuits with Country Ham, Apricot Jam, and Arugula
Crab-topped Fancy Deviled Eggs
Mini Hot Brown Tarts
Liz's Spicy Pimento Cheese Sandwich
The three-tiered server was brought out with the next two courses.
The "Lily" Scone with cranberry and orange and a triple sec glaze
Plain Scone
Served with Berea College Farms Fruit Preserves and
Double Cream
Chocolate Bourbon Tartlet
Mini Race Day Bite
Mini Cupcake with Mint Julep Frosting
White Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Raspberries
Blueberry Pinwheel Cookie

The horse looked like a real winner with her Derby Hat,
Blanket of Roses, and Austin, Peyton, and Kaitlyn. 
Gluten Free Afternoon Tea for the three GF guests attending

A BIG thank you to Chefs Scott, Cliff, and Liz
for fabulous afternoon tea foods, and especially
for making special plates for four guests
with special dietary needs!

If you frequently read my blog, you may remember a
preview of this Kentucky Derby theme and menu
in March when "The Traveling Tea Friends" were here.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Family and My 1500th Blog Post

We celebrated Easter Sunday with our family.
Photo above: Melissa, Linda (me), Austin, Peyton, Kaitlyn and Laurel
Austin, Peyton, and Kaitlyn
 Melissa, Tim and Peyton
 Laurel, Kaitlyn and Josh
Glenn and Linda (me)
This is my 1500th blog post.
When I began blogging in January 2008,
I didn't know where this blog would take me.
Here I am 1500 blog posts, and six years later.
As result of this blog, and my passion for afternoon tea,
 I have met delightful new friends in person and online. 
I no longer post everyday because life is very often busy.
I just want you to know appreciate the readers and followers very much!

Our summer calendar is filling up with travels and various events. 
We will be very busy, but I don't see many opportunities for afternoon tea. 
When I feel guilty about not blogging about TEA,
I go to the introduction and description of
the blog at the top left side bar and remind myself
this blog is about a lot more than TEA.

"Friendship Tea is a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda,
a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning,
and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky,
and all things TEA."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vintage Royal Standard Teacup Trio

 A recent addition to my blue and white collection
is this pretty and very reasonably priced
Royal Standard English Bone China "Melody"
teacup trio. 
This will be used often!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Planning a Japanese Cherry Blossom Tea Party

Woman's World  has become one of my favorite magazines.
It is quick to read, chocked full of a wide variety of articles of interest to women,
easy to carry while out and about, and almost always has an article or a
quick tidbit about tea, often highlighting tea's health benefits.
The March 31st issue has a one-page article giving many good tips
for planning a Japanese tea party, from decorating to the menu. 
What a fun idea!
Of course, you *must* serve a Japanese green tea.
My tea of choice of tea for this party would be
Elmwood Inn Fine Teas Cherry Rose Green Tea,
a Japanese sencha green tea with rose petals and cherries.
I can imagine sitting among the cherry blossoms enjoying this tea party.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from our family! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Eloise Tea at The Plaza, NYC

Kaitlyn ordered the Eloise Tea from the menu.
Eloise was the fictional, mischievous long-time resident at The Plaza Hotel.


The Eloise Tea sandwiches included:
Sandwiches and Savories
Grilled Cheese
Cucumber, Buttered Bread
Organic Peanut Butter and Jelly
Strawberry and Cream Cheese

Freshly Baked, Warm Seasonal Scones
Double Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd and Preserves
Pastries and Sweets
Assorted Cookies, Chocolate Cupcakes
Pink, Pink Jello
Eloise Shortbread Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

What a fun and special tea time!  
 Afterward tea we visited the Eloise gift shop
and children's party room.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Plaza, NYC

My afternoon tea at The Plaza was a Gluten Free version of the tea
Glenn and Austin ordered from the menu,
The New Yorker
The sandwiches were made on gluten free bread
Lobster Salad
Roasted Chicken Salad
Two very good gluten free scones
served with Double Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd and Preserves
My Gluten Free Pastries and Sweets
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Raspberry Gelee
Fresh Raspberries
French Macaron
Chocolate Covered Strawberry

  I drank two pots of the Afternoon Blend
 I was so, so happy to be able to enjoy afternoon tea gluten free!

 Tea time at The Plaza is a memorable event!


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