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Royal Tea Service at Powel Crosley Estate

Feb 27, 2015 11:33PM

Get your pinky finger ready! Simply Gourmet hosts a traditional royal English tea service on Thursday afternoons through March 19 at 2 p.m., at the Powel Crosley Estate. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the Bay.

     “Every year, the Royal Family hosts an afternoon tea for about 8,000 guests at Buckingham Palace,” says Chef Larry Barrett, president of Simply Gourmet Caterers, explaining that the tradition began in 1860 with Queen Victoria. “It’s a grand and colorful affair. Men wear suits or military uniforms, and women wear dresses with hats and gloves. The 500-foot buffet table is set with a feast, and there’s tea, of course! The Crosley Estate offers the perfect ambiance for our recreation of this royal event.”

      Expect such delicacies as Cassis Marinated Strawberry Parfait, Vanilla Cream Fruit Tartlets, Currant Scones/Devonshire Cream, Double Chocolate Triangles, Turkey/Sundried Tomato Pinwheels, Royal Tea Sandwich Medley. “And don’t forget the tea,” Barrett laughs. “Guests will savor properly brewed cups of flavorful English tea.”


Location: 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $32. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. For more information and reservations, call 941-225-9122.

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