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An afternoon tea in honor of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of her 70th year of reign.
This is Part 2 of our theme that started last month, which was April Showers... This was the first breakfast tea we've had, and judging by the favorable response from almost everyone, we may have many more of these in the future.
Our Kentucky Derby Tea was one of our most memorable teas.
~ No matter what kind of bread you use, make sure it has a soft texture and is thinly sliced. Remove the crust, but only do this after making the sandwich.
~ Spread a thin layer of butter, mayo, or cream cheese all the way to the edges of the sandwich. This will help to prevent the bread from drying out.
~ Use a knife with a serrated blade for the cleanest cuts. Avoid squishing the bread by using a sawing motion with a sharp knife and don't press down on the bread.
~ Make sure you serve the sandwiches shortly after they are made. If there will be a delay, use a slightly dampened paper towel to cover them loosely to prevent them from drying out.
The afternoon tea for April was held on Saturday, April 9, 2022
Tea Class, March 26, 2022
Ah, who wouldn't enjoy a nice warm cup of tea tens of thousands of feet up the world's tallest peak? This group of Mount Everest climbers have now participated in the world's highest tea party, according to Guinness World Records who just officially recognized the feat. (Yes, there truly is a record for everything!) The event took place on May 5, 2021, and was organized by Seattle climber Andrew Hughes. He got the idea during the pandemic when shutdowns made expeditions impossible. Hughes realized he missed the community of adventurers more than the climbing part. "The greatest things in life are often those shared," he explains. When things opened up, he and a group of climbers lugged all the supplies, including Girl Scout cookies and plenty of mugs, up a portion of Everest to roughly 21,312 feet above sea level before tucking in.
Recently The VTS Board members spent a lovely afternoon at the Dacha Russian Tea House in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore. We have been fortunate to have one of the very few Russian tea houses in the country so close by. The owner is a wonderful hostess who has a very interesting history of spending many years in Russia, which has a very rich tea culture. Unfortunately, the tea house will be closing soon, but the owner, Jone, has decided to join the Virginia Tea Society much to our delight. We hope you will be able to meet her soon at one of our upcoming teas.
The Virginia Tea Society held its “My Favorite Teacup” tea on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Princess Anne Country Club in the Princess Anne Room.
~ No "pinkies up".
~ When leaving the table briefly, place your napkin on the seat of the chair. This provides a signal to the waiter that you are not finished yet.
~ When leaving at the end of a tea, place your napkin on the table. This is a signal that you are finished.
~ No cellphones or other electronic accessories on the tea table.
~ Tea should be sipped, not slurped.
~ When stirring tea with your spoon, stir back and forth, front to back, but not in a circle.
~ When eating a scone, break off a piece and add jam, clotted cream, etc. Do not slice the scone in half like a biscuit.
Tea time is for pleasantries. Avoid controversial topics.
Use 3 grams (1-2 teaspoons) for every 8 oz. of water. Adjust to personal taste. For stronger flavor, we suggest using more tea. Adding steep time can cause tea to turn bitter.
Love at the Movies was our theme for the February 2022 afternoon tea. There were lots of entries for the most romantic movies of all time.
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