Every four years it has been our tradition to host a Presidential Tea as a culmination to the months (years) of campaigning that leads up to a presidential election. We hold this special event on the Sunday before the election while everyone is still hopeful that their candidate will pull through as the winner. The tea room transitions to an elegant dining establishment, the tables are set with the finest china, touches of gold along with red-white-and-blue sets the scene. A Chardonnay Lemon Spritzer with fresh fruit and frozen raspberries welcomed the guests as they arrived.
The first course featured a Pear & Pecan Salad topped with spring onions, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, sugared pecans, and ripe pears all dressed with a Parmesan Balsamic Dressing. We offered a range of hot tea selections honoring our Allies around the world that include The Paris Accord (black & oolong blend with vanilla, currant, bergamot & caramel), A Very British Herbal Tea (with herbal symbolism, mint for courage, lavender for luck, and marjoram for virtue), Morning Mist (a light green tea with a soft sweet taste), Keemun Superior (a plain black tea with earthy notes), and Red, White and Blue Lady (a flavored black tea with strawberry, coconut & kiwi flavors).
An array of sandwiches included a Cranberry, Rosemary, and Pecan Cheese Spread on Wheat crackers with a tiny sprig of fresh rosemary, Marinated English Cucumber Sandwich, Cheesy Mozzarella Pumpkin Tartlet, Sliced Turkey with Parsley Shallot Mayonnaise with a Star studded topper, and Chicken & Almond Tea Sandwich with Basil Butter.
The scone course included a Traditional English Cream Scone served with Sweet Cream and Raspberry Preserves alongside a slice of Red, White, and Blueberry Bread with fresh raspberry touches. Petite gold stars graced the Sweet Cream.
Dessert included a Rosemary Shortbread Eagle sprinkled with gold sugar and a Petite Chocolate Toffee Torte which consisted of layer upon layer starting with a crisp pecan base, a chocolate ganache filling, a yummy toffee mousse, and a swirled whipped cream rosette with a dusting of chocolate shavings.
The Presidential Tea looks amazing with sweets and savories! Nancy, you should be the next White House tea consultant!!!
The thought you put into this tea is amazing and the food items looks really unique. Your guest was also really qualified - I think he would have intimidated me for sure! Lovely afternoon tea.
Your tea time sounds delicious and beautiful!
I would loved listening to the speaker too. Jim and I were just saying we never hear of State dinners and special meals at the White House these past almost 4 years. Sad, but glad it will soon be over! Ha! Thanks, Pennsylvania!
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