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Tea's the trend

February 19, 2012 | Sarasota, FL

Currant scones with preserves and Devonshire cream are stacked elegantly on a cloth-covered table, as a steaming hot Darjeeling blend trickles into a China cup.

It�s 2 p.m. on a Tuesday at the Powel Crosley Estate (in Sarasota, yes) and we�re having tea. United Kingdom reminiscent, this may be the most indulgent way to while away an afternoon.

Simply Gourmet Caterers conceived the grand idea of offering the royal English tea service throughout February. For $30 a seat, the experience includes a tour of the Crosley grounds at 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, and a to-die-for menu of tarragon chicken salad profiteroles, Tuscan bruschetta, Alastian tarts, almond-dusted raspberry sandwiches, and French apple tartlets, to name just a few of the finger foods. The February dates have sold out, but more tea events have been scheduled for March 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, and 22.

�Our menu features savory and sweet specialties,� said chef Larry Barrett, president of Simply Gourmet Caterers. �Guests will savor properly brewed cups of flavorful English tea.�

Barrett is famed for mixing gourmet cuisine with historical events in a �culinary theater setting,� (example: reproductions of White House state dinners from the Kennedy and Reagan eras).

Call 929-0066 for reservations, and bring your hat.


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