Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vintage Teas - Sweet Shalom

I'm continuing my blog with visits to great tea rooms - Sweet Shalom, in Sylvania, Ohio.  But first I must share some of their theme teas before they opened at their present location, when their events were held at Otsego Park's Stone Hall, in Bowling Green, Ohio [near Toledo].  Those teas were too good not to include.

I first became aware of the teas when I read a post Chris Kruse wrote to a tea-themed E-group in February, 2003 telling about their Valentine's High Tea she and her long-time friend, Sara Velasquez, were hosting via their business, "Vintage Teas."   It was a doable day trip, so a friend and I made reservations to attend.

As soon as we walked in the door it was a delight to the senses.  First, visually.   Fresh flowers and candles on the buffet table. . .

A charming server to greet us. . .

A beautifully set table reserved for us. . .

With a little keepsake place card . . .

A strolling violinist played love songs delightful to hear.  When he came to our table he played "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Our taste buds were treated to wonderful tea - Courtship Tea Blend [which I blogged about in February], and wonderful food. . .

Heart-shaped Scones with dried cherries, served with raspberry butter and lemon curd.
Vegetable frittata made with potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, onions, cheese, garnished with red pepper cut-out hearts
A Roma tomato stuffed with egg salad
Cucumber sandwiches with avocado and cream cheese spread
Russian cream with cherries, and heart-shaped chocolate truffle cake

Following the meal there was a program about the history of Valentine's Day and a Valentine contest [three categories - beautiful, humorous and romantic] for those who wanted to participate.  What a fun afternoon, and Chris and Sara didn't leave out a single detail!

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The following October I returned with a different friend for "A Taste of Tea and Treachery Mystery Tea."   What a nice touch to have someone taking photos as a keepsake of the event.

The event was publicized this way:  "October brings memories of the fun of dress-up.  We invite you to come dressed "fit to kill" [optional] as in the Victorian days of Sherlock Holmes and help us solve the mystery of the disappearance of Mistress C. Nomore, the tea lady!  Join the suspense in the tea parlor with good food, good company, and good fun.  There will be prizes for the best costumes." 

Buffet Table


Our Table

Fun Menu Description:  The plot will thicken as we tuck into a meal of kneadless violence scones with Devon cream, lemon curd and jam.  Crooked cucumber sandwiches, fowl play sausage banger rolls, Sherlock's savory tart, sweet revenge pumpkin bread pudding with cinnamon mousse and quick and painless raspberry chocolate cookies.    All served with steaming cups of St. James' Sherlock Holmes tea.   [I purchased a tin to take home.]


  1. I have been there!! I don't live very far from there, a friend and I went one day on a whim, we made reservations the day before. What a lovely afternoon it was!

  2. What fun! I've never been to a tea room quite like that, but it sure sounds like a good time, and the menu items sound yummy as well!

  3. Oh I wish I had time when I am in Ohio to visit the Sweet Shalom with Chris and Sara. How fun that you got to participate in this special event.

  4. Such a delight to the senses! I love the setting --- the walls, the beautiful centerpieces on the buffet table, and the attention to detail! Sweet Shalom is SWEET for sure!

  5. This is another tea experience on my tea room visit bucket list!

  6. Chris and Sara make each guest feel special. Tea time at Sweet Shalom is a delight!

  7. The vintage teas look like great fun! I am enjoying your tearoom visits. Thanks for sharing them.


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