An informative sampling focused on herbs and tea with an occasional sprinkling of fairy dust and a glimpse into family activities too. The contributions to this blog is the combined effort created by the sisters of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances.
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.