Monday, June 21, 2021

Lovely Lavender Afternoon Tea

Traditionally June is the month when we hold our annual Lovely Lavender Afternoon Tea. It coincides with the glorious lavender blossoms in full bloom in central PA and it happens on the same weekend as a local lavender festival. The tables were wet with as many purple teacups as I have with coordinated deep purple, pale lavender and garden green napkins. The menu, printed with purple ink and graced with a beautiful lavender photograph sets the scene. Once guests begin to arrive, tea orders are taken. In addition to our usual list of teas, we add Lavender Black, Fig & Lavender, Lavender Earl Grey, and Lemon Lavender Herbal to accompany this special event.
The first course featured Mixed Salad Greens with Summer Berries, Feta Cheese and Lavender Balsamic Dressing along with a refreshing Citrus Lavender Herbal Spritzer.
The sandwich course included a Sweet Cornbread Muffin with Lavender Honey Butter, Lavender Apple Chutney atop a slice of Pork Tenderloin, Lavender Mint Cucumber Triangles, Pimiento Cheese with Strawberry Lemon Lavender Preserve, and a Lavender Goat Cheese Croustade garnished with a fresh sprig of lavender. To my taste, the lavender flavor was most predominant in the chutney, and the goat cheese sandwich with the fresh lavender sprig. The other sandwiches were a bit more subtle in lavender flavor.
The following course included Lavender Sage Golden Raisin Scones and a slice of Lemon Lavender Blueberry Tea Bread. These were served with Sweet Cream and Lavender Lemon Curd. Fresh Strawberries were glazed with a Lavender Syrup.
The dessert medley featured a Lemon Ginger Lavender Blueberry Trifle, Lavender Leaf Candies from Provence, France, a hand crafted Lavender Truffle by a local chocolatier (Brittle Bark), and a Crystallized Lavender Stem sugared and preserved a week or so earlier. A lavender themed napkin was tucked under the dessert assortment.

Thank you to everyone that attended our Lovely Lavender Afternoon Tea on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in June. This special event is a fragrant and sweet nod to the beautiful herbal harvest the many varieties of lavender blesses us with each summer. 


Unknown said...

How I wish I could have attended!!! Susan

Joy B said...

Oh, this sounds and looks amazing! I'd love to join you if it weren't for the distance involved.

Marilyn Miller said...

I love seeing your lavender tea time. It sounds amazing!
It also reminds me of the purple tea I did in the spring.

Bernideen said...

I just studied these photos and give you an A+ for your menu and presentation of these food items. You have really developed in your ability to make everything so special in your menu, culinary skills and the way you orchestra your Afternoon Tea!

Bernideen said...

I recognize the rose plate with amber edge - I have some of those!