Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tea with the General & Mrs. Robert E. Lee

We recently welcomed Frank Orlando, a Civil War living historian representing General Robert E. Lee and his wife Bonnie who portrayed Mrs. Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee for a presentation where they shared their fascinating story and brought history to life.

Before the presentation, we offered our guests a southern style red-white-and-blue Afternoon Tea. Each guest received a glass of Southern Sweet Mint Tea to accompany the salad which featured a Fresh Raspberry, Parmesan, Bacon & Pear Salad topped with Raspberry Cream Dressing.

The sandwich course included a Stacked Sandwich with Spinach and Pimento Cheese layers, fresh Georgia Peach & Brie Crostini, Star Studded Magnolia & Ivy Tea Sandwich, Curried Chicken Salad, and Sweet Potato Biscuit with sliced Baked Ham.

 The scone course included a Traditional English Cream Scone with sweet cream and jelly and a slice of Orange Glazed Poppyseed Tea Bread along with Fresh Fruit.

And dessert featured a slice of Robert E. Lee Cake which is a four layer lemon cake with lemon curd filling in between each layer frosted with a lemon and orange sweet icing. Yum! There was also a small triangular piece of Southern Praline Coconut Brownie.
Our guests enjoyed the presentation by the General and his wife (a descendant of George Washington). Duty and Honor were the theme of the presentation, two words that symbolize all that Robert E. Lee represents. Passionate about their story telling, the two presenters bounced their story off of each other, keeping the audience enthralled with their interpretation of this historical figure.


Marilyn Miller said...

Oh I just love this! I would have loved sitting in your tearoom for their presentation and a southern tea time. Magnolia and Ivy, hummm? Did you go to their Tearoom for Profit seminar years ago?

The Victorian Girl said...

That sounds right up my alley since I'm a Southern girl!