I had the pleasure of accompanying a friend to a lovely tea today at the Messiah Village Retirement Center in Mechanicsburg, PA. The menu offered many delicious foods with eye-catching elegance. The culinary staff certainly remembered that we eat with our eyes first in preparing the presentation of today's luncheon.
One of the highlights of the tea was being able to enjoy our tea in one of the resident's collection of antique bone china tea cups and pots. I found that even "tea bags" provide a tasteful cuppa when served in an antique bone china cup. Fortunately, the tea bags selected where among the very best -- Harney & Sons Fine Tea. One must search far and wide to find better tasting tea bags than Harney & Sons Fine Teas.
I especially enjoyed the Ginger Peach tea paired with the Pumpkin Bisque and Pumpkin Scones with Egg Nog butter. What a delight to enjoy pumpkin prior to the onset of Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Pie.
This tomato rose on top of greens was centered on each plate of tea sandwiches. Everyone found it fasinating as well as a work of art. I always find it amazing to see what artisans do with vegetables, fruits, and butter.
Today's tea luncheon was a welcomed escape from what was the typical Pennsylvania Fall gray skies and drizzle of rain type of day. Thank you Nancy for inviting me, the culinary staff at Messiah for preparing the delicious luncheon, and Ricki Cook for organizing the event.
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The Tea And Hat Lady