Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May's Theme Tea at O'Mara's Restaurant

On Tuesday, May 14th, I returned to O'Mara's Restaurant in Berkley, MI for their May theme, "Tea Showers Bring May Flowers."  It was my third consecutive month to visit the restaurant for their lovely theme teas.  I blogged about the two previous teas here and here.

Each month the attendance has increased, proving ladies definitely enjoy going to Afternoon Tea, and the demand is growing.  In my area it's rare to find Afternoon Tea offered outside of a tea room or hotel.   Kudos to O'Mara's restaurant for side-stepping the norm, and going above and beyond to establish a top-notch tea program!

Flowery, cheerful place settings carried out their theme perfectly.  Beautiful mismatched teacups are used for their tablescapes.

Below is the group of attendees [not all tables are visible in the photo].  I didn't count them, but it was more than the previous month, and this time a gentleman attended with his significant other.  A brave and very secure man!  ;-)  Men are tea drinkers too, and they will come if it's not too frou-frou and girly.

L-R:  Me, my tea buddy, Lori, and friend, Linda.  There were three of us who wore a hat to the tea, but several ladies said they are planning on wearing one next month.  Management said they might even offer a prize for the best hat. 

There were two loose-leaf tea selections [Harney & Sons], and one tisane:  Earl Grey and Citron Green teas, and Cranberry-Orange tisane.  I chose Citron Green with a delicate citrus flavor. Isn't it served in a pretty teacup?

Two soups were offered for the first course: O'Mara's Irish Cream of Potato and Chicken Lemon Rice with Chiffonade of Spinach.  Since I chose O'Mara's delicious Irish Cream of Potato soup at the two previous teas, I opted to try their Chicken Lemon Rice soup this time.  It was delicious as well.

Chef Anita Kern, who has been with O'Mara's five months, did a presentation before the Savory Course, featuring a spread in one the tea sandwiches in this month's menu - Spinach Spread. She didn't give specific amounts for most of the ingredients, but this is what she shared:
1 cup cream cheese
O'Mara's all-purpose seasoning
Mustard [Dijon, Honey Mustard, or Dry Mustard]
Worcestershire Sauce
Lots of fresh spinach [she had a pitcher full as seen in the photo below]
Blend all together and chill overnight.
Spread on buttered pumpernickel bread.  Top with thin slices or poached or broasted chicken. Roll edges in chopped parsley.   Delicious and healthy!

Beautiful tiered server with five tea sandwiches per person.

They are as follows:  Center - Chocolate Raspberry Nutella wedges; Left 9:00 o'clock position: Tomato Basil wedges on white bread; moving clockwise - Blue Cheese & Mango Chicken wedges on brown bread; Salmon Salad squares on wheat bread; and a finger sandwich of Spinach Spread with Poached Chicken on Pumpernickel.

The savories were followed by Baked Brie topped with Florida Orange Marmalade and toasted Walnuts wrapped in Puff Pastry, served with fresh fruit and oat crackers.

Main Entree was a Spinach & Gruyere Cheese Crepe topped with Hollandaise Sauce.

Dessert was a Meringue cookie, fresh Berry Cobbler, and a Cream Scone served with house-made Strawberry Jam and Chia seed, and Devonshire Cream.   [Scones at O'Mara's are served with dessert.]

It was a delightful tea, and I look forward to returning in June when the theme will be "Here Comes the Sun!"


  1. It looks totally delicious! How fun to have a restaurant that seems to enjoy having a themed tea each month.

  2. Such a lovely afternoon tea. Looks like plenty of food to enjoy!

  3. What a lovely afternoon tea! Everything looks so pretty and good! I really like your hat!

  4. How wonderful to have a nearby tea room with themed teas! It looks wonderful, and the menu---delicious!

  5. Yummo! I am like you quite impressed that a non-traditional tea is being offered here regularly, and well. The variety of tea sandwiches, savories and sweets sounds great, and I can't believe it hasn't dawned on me already to use Nutella as a spread. LOVE that stuff! And your teacup is so pretty as well. Fun, fun, fun!

  6. Yum! It all looks wonderful and I'm glad attendance at the monthly teas is increasing!

  7. I love a tea event like this and you ladies look sweet in your hats.


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