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 are the combined efforts of the sisters of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances.
In October, members of the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association gathered together at Sugarplums & Tea located in Lancaster, PA for their quarterly meeting. Tucked in a somewhat residential area is this stately building that houses the tea room.
Linda (Tea on the Tiber) and Terry (Dollies Tea Room)
We always enjoy a morning reception provided by the host tea room as members of the association arrive at different times, traveling from NJ, MD, PA, and VA for this particular meeting. Quiche (two varieties), scones with assorted toppings, fresh fruit cup, and tea round out the morning options.
The tea room has several seating areas, and we were seated in the enclosed porch. With lots of windows, it offered a cheerful open feeling. The day started with a program by Amy Thorn, artisan wine maker and motivational speaker entitled 'From Passion to Purpose'. Amy and her family own Thorn Hill Vineyards which specializes in hand-crafted artisan wines. She shared her story with us, and offered inspiration as we each discover our passion.
After the program, Afternoon Tea was served. We each selected a flavor of tea from their extensive list of teas. First course included a pumpkin bisque and a spicy cheddar scone. Perfect for a beautiful fall day.
The tiered tray included their traditional Hawaiian Chicken Salad, cucumber with carrots and dip, a petite quesadilla, salad greens, and an array of desserts on the bottom tier.
The dessert trio included a petite pumpkin cheesecake, peanut butter mousse in a chocolate cup, and a third dessert. We also enjoyed a little bubbly from the Thorn Hill Vineyard to tie in the program and tea.
Karen (Greenhalgh Tea) Mike & Deb Raab (Tea-for-All)
Following the afternoon tea, the business meeting conducted by current president Deb Raab of Tea for All rounded out the day. We are pleased to welcome Justine Cooney, owner of Sugarplums and Tea, as a new member to MATBA.