Monday, November 14, 2011

Le Chardon Tearoom


(Photo from TeaMap website.)

One of the many benefits of attending a meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association (MATBA) is that the sessions are held in a tea room.  Last week, PA MATBA members Susanna, Nancy, Janet and Marcella traveled to Le Chardon Tearoom in Hopewell, NJ.  This casual European style tea room, operated by a Scottish mother-daughter duo provided the location we needed for our meeting and offered afternoon tea for our luncheon.                                                   
Le Chardon means Scottish thistle in French and connected their heritage with time spent in France.  The plates and tea cups at our table featured the lovely thistle. A choice of Butternut squash soup or Lentil soup preceeded the tiered tray. 
Afternoon tea sandwiches included a cucumber sandwich on white and wheat bread, salmon on pumpernickel, an open faced chicken salad sandwich, and ham on a croissant.  All very fresh and tasty, it was a nice variety of sandwiches.  Dessert was a slice of bakery made pear tart with a hint of almond flavoring. 
We had gathered early in the morning and scones and tea were served at that time, and not served during the Afternoon Tea.  It was a fun gathering of fellow business owners, tea speakers, and tea enthusists.  In the morning session, Susanna presented an informative program on Guerilla Marketing. Following her presentation was a program on The Art of Blogging by Darlene Meyers-Perry.   The Business meeting, conducted by MATBA president Kirsten Kristensen concluded the day.  A quick journey back to PA, and it's back to business for everyone.

8 comments:

Angela McRae said...

Sounds like a fun and tasty time! And since I have the "fantasy" image of being a tea room owner, I think it's helpful to be reminded this is a business and you do have to think about things like marketing and networking!

Marilyn said...

What a lovely tearoom. I would have loved being there with all of you. Enjoy Darlene's blog. Now is Janet still in business? Just curious? Love seeing the thistle dishes too.

The Tea And Hat Lady said...

Very nice review Nancy and the pictures are beautiful. It was a pleasure sharing the day with you, Suzanna, and Janet.

Marcella

Linda J. said...

What a nice change of pace for the two of you from serving tea and minding the shop! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and description of your afternoon experience.

Tea 4 U said...

Excellent review of our MATBA meeting and Le Chardon Tea room. Susanna's presentation was very informative. I am very excited to implement her many (all $-free) ideas. Maybe we should mention that the owner of Le Chardon Tea room wants to take a year off, so if anyone is interested in being a tea room owner for a year - the chance it NOW!

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Lady Linda said...

YUMMY

Steph said...

Reads like a great venue and meeting!