Saturday, December 18, 2010

First Ladies Tea Room

Canton, Ohio

We had the privilege of partaking in the fanciest "First Ladies Tea" in celebration of Lindsey's college graduation! As we previously reviewed First Ladies' "Martha Washington Tea," this review will focus on the delightful unique aspects of the "First Ladies Tea."

Entrance: In the entrance to the First Ladies Tea Room, is a darling gift shop offering a variety of tea cups and tea accessories.  New additions to the gift shop since our last visit are a variety of jewelry.

Service: We had a lovely tea hostess for our afternoon tea.  She began by explaining the loose leaf tea offerings and letting us smell a selection of the teas.

Presentation: The tea room was decorated in festive Christmas decor and our serverware featured charming Christmas designs.

Tea quality: Our tea selections were Artic Berry, Creme Brulee and Chocolate Rooibos. All of the teas were delicious.

Food quality and variety:  The "First Ladies Tea" certainly encourages a leisurely afternoon as there is quite the variety of food to enjoy. Our tea began with a sparkling beverage, followed by a choice of soup or salad - Chicken Orso soup or Pear and Pecan salad. Breanne and her mother selected the Chicken Orso soup which was delicious and Lindsey tried the pear and pecan salad which was equally tasty.  For the second course we all selected the spinach and cheese quiche - one of our First Ladies Tea Room favorites!

For the next course, our tea hostess brought out a three-tiered server featuring bread and scones, finger sandwiches and a variety of desserts. 
Finger sandwiches: prosciutto wrapped asparagus, vegetarian wrap with hummus, cucumber sandwich, carrot and cream cheese on raisin bread, and cranberry and walnut on pumpernickle that was tied with a darling red ribbon.
Bread and scones: apricot and cranberry scones served with lemon curd and devonshire cream, and chocolate biscotti.
Petite desserts:  chocolate covered strawberries, raspberry mousse with blackberry garnish in a chocolate cup, cherry cheesecake, tri-color cake with chocolate frosting, and Christmas tree, gingerbread man and bell frosted sugar cookies.

Our mother's favorite dainty was the raspberry mousse with blackberry garnish in a chocolate cup, Lindsey's favorite was the prosciutto wrapped asparagus and Breanne's favorite was the vegetarian wrap with hummus.  All around favorites were the spinach and cheese quiche and the not-to-be-missed lemon curd!

Price: The "First Ladies Tea" is the most expensive tea that the tea room offers, but the delicious variety of tea and tea treats offered is worth the cost.