by Kristina Jahaly, Special Events Assistant
Caramoor’s Afternoon Teas are a spring staple! This year, a team of Caramoor tasters sat down with The Market on Spring to sample this season’s menu and teas.
The arrival of spring means many things at Caramoor. The lush grounds are bursting with color — the glorious weeping cherry outside the Rosen House gates is virtually dripping with pink petals, and of course there’s the anticipation and planning for the upcoming concert season. Inside the Rosen House, preparations are being made for quite another delicious and satisfying season; It is, quite literally, time for tea!
Caramoor staff recently sat down to a tea tasting and invited two of our Leadership Members to sample and review this season’s menu and tea offerings. Caramoor is in capable hands with local caterer The Market on Spring, whose head chef Pam Friedman offers firsthand expertise of how an English tea should look and taste.
[tout]The list was extensive but we tasted them all, keeping carefully recorded notes so we could later compare, assess, and determine what new and exciting flavors to include for this upcoming season.[/tout]
We tasted quite a wide variety of teas — black, white, green, herbal, and even rooibos, each plant variety unique with regard to intensity of flavor and aroma, and optimal amount of time to steep. We tasted a special Earl Grey and an Assam from the black tea collection. A number of playful herbal teas made us think not only of spring but downright summer with names like Kona Pineapple, Piña Colada, and Peach Serenity. Not to be outdone, the white and green offerings we tasted were just as a delightfully warm weathered with names like Lemon Meringue, Jasmine Chun Hao, and White Fuzzy Navel. The list was extensive but we tasted them all, keeping carefully recorded notes so we could later compare, assess, and determine what new and exciting flavors to include for this upcoming season.
We also had the added pleasure of sampling this year’s menu while tasting the teas. The tea service arrived beautifully presented on a white doily-coiffed, three-tiered service, as is proper for afternoon tea; two tiers of tea sandwiches topped off with another of delicious desserts. Some highlights from this year’s menu are: curried chicken salad and arugula on mini brioche; mushroom and goat cheese duxelle on crostini; cured salmon, chive, cream cheese, and capers on rye bread; and roasted beef, onion jam, and cheddar cheese on whole grain bread. You won’t leave hungry!
The Market on Spring also has a new pastry chef on staff who will hand-craft all of our delicious baked offerings. We had the distinct pleasure of sampling her baked goods at our tasting. Some of the standouts were: cookies glazed with rose water and calendula; a light and airy pear custard tart — with and without crystallized ginger; a dense and sticky flourless chocolate treat; chocolate dipped strawberries; a cheesecake tartlet with lingonberry; a poppy seed paste pinwheel; and homemade grapefruit scented scones. It was hard to pick our favorites as they were all quite delectable!
At the end of our tasting, our guests and staff were happily sated and in agreement that we have all of the right elements in place to usher in yet another successful season of Afternoon Tea at Caramoor.
It certainly is time for tea!
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Arlene Collins says
I have 14 sets of Wedgewood bone china tea cups and saucers. Would they be useful for your afternoon Teas?
Emily Buffum says
Hello Arlene, Thank you for contacting us about your china set. Please contact Merceds Santos-Miller, Director of the Rosen House, at email@example.com who will be able to give you more information about our tea service needs.
Jan Myers says
What’s the point of saying what teas you have tasted if no info is included on which ones have been chosen.? I’m a tea lover who don’t drink Earl Grey or herbal teas so don’t know if you have selected a black tea that I would order. I wouldn’t book tickets without knowing whether a non-Earl Grey black tea is on the menu. Also are you offering any tea and concert packages this summer?
Emily Buffum says
Hi Jan, Thank you for your interest in our upcoming afternoon teas. Our staff had not yet confirmed which of the teas tasted would be served. We have since decided on Earl Grey Moonlight Sonata black tea, Ceylon black tea, and a green rooibos tea. During our Summer Season, we will be offering teas on Sundays at 1:30pm that are scheduled to end in time for the evening’s 4:00pm concert. While we are not offering this a standalone ticket option, you can add a tea reservation to your concert purchase during the checkout process. If you have any further questions about our upcoming Afternoon Teas, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Heyel says
Is there a member discount on the price of the tea?
Emily Buffum says
Hi Julie, We do not offer member discounts on the price of tea. For a full list of Membership discounts, please visit caramoor.org/support/membership
Regina Padovani says
do you serve? see any food items that are Gluten Free?
Emily Buffum says
Hi Regina, Yes! There are both gluten free and vegetarian meals and dessert options that you can request at the time of booking or by calling our Box Office at 914.232.1252.