Dear Tea Friends,
It seems as if I’ve been on the hop for weeks. First, there was the wonderful “An Occasion for Tea” event hosted by Tea Time magazine in Salt Lake City. As Master Tea Blender John Harney remarked, it was like old home week for the speakers who got a chance to catch up with each other and talk shop in a sumptuous space. The hotel was every bit as elegant as the St. Regis located on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The food was always delicious and everyone looked so glamorous at the gala.
I enjoyed meeting the charming staff of the charming Hoffman Media publication- they all managed to be pleasant and professional at all hours and it was satisfying to finally have faces to go with the cheerful voices on the other end of the phone. It was doubly fun to greet long-time tea pals and meet lots of new friends while signing books in the Elmwood Inn booth along with Dorothea Johnson Founder and Chair of The Protocol School of Washington®. Ms. Johnson invited me to join her for lunch and graciously taught me a thing or two including calculating the tip properly. Figure on the food, she said, rather than the total bill which includes the tax.
But all good things come to an end, unfortunately, due to severe East Coast snow storms, the airlines had overbooked many return flights from Salt Lake City. I surrendered my seat to a man who had been on standby for 4 days! Even so, there were so many others ahead of him that the poor fellow didn't get out. I was luckily re-routed through Atlanta, the next day, with a 24 hr. lay-over which gave me an opportunity to visit an old friend as well as the Swan Coach House to talk to the restaurant manager re my June 9th TEA WITH FRIENDS EVENT.
I’m delighted to report that the site is even lovelier than the photos posted on their website www.swancoachhouse.com. Rooms aglow with sunlight are graced with bouquets of fresh flowers. The menu - including their famous chicken salad and pimento cheese sandwiches, frozen fruit salad dusted with pecans, and “silk” swan dessert (meringue with slivered almond "feathers" and chocolate innards) - is delicious. There's also a six room gift shop jam-packed with silver, glass and china serveware, tea pots, cups/mugs books, jewelry, pillows, picture frames and more pretty things than you could shake a stick at. And there's the art gallery which was also featuring one-of-a-kind teapots.
One woman, who attended the Salt Lake City Tea Time Event, emailed that she’d enjoyed tea at the Swan Coach House, “ I was fortunate to have tea there in 2005 … That tea service was one to remember - quite a beautiful place and everything just so. Dorothea would be very happy there. Your event will be wonderful …” T. W.
Your $55 ticket to the Swan Coach House includes my talk, book signing, tea tastings and tea brewed by Spirit of the Lotus Tea House, www.LotusTeaHouse.com, three-course afternoon tea served on tiered stands and door prizes. Please note, regrettably, your ticket does not include admission to the Swan House and Gardens, part of the Atlanta History Center complex, located next door.
We’ve already booked 17 people for the afternoon event and that's before my publisher’s press releases have gone out or ads have appeared in various magazines! Avoid disappointment, visit www.teawithfriends.com now to reserve your space by Paypal. Can't wait to meet everyone at either the 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM seating.
I beat my suitcase home from Salt Lake City by five days- just in time to host another TEA IN THE CITY NEW YORK TEA TOUR. Participants came from as far away as California and Minnesota and as close to home as Brooklyn and suburban New Jersey. Lady Gayle of the Tea House Times and her mother-in-law participated and Lady G wrote about the afternoon on her blog: http://www.theteahousetimes.com/hearallaboutit.htm.
Heather Cross, a journalist who writes for About New York City for Visitors, also joined the group and posted her review: http://gonyc.about.com/od/toursbr/gr/tea_in_the_city.htm
The next tours will be held on April 15th and May 13th visit www.teawithfriends.com for details and to book your space.