The actual taking of tea in the afternoon developed into a new social event some time in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s by Catharine of Braganza. Jane Austen hints of afternoon tea as early as 1804 in an unfinished novel. Anne, the Duchess of Bedford. requested that light sandwiches be brought to her in the late afternoon because she had a “sinking feeling” during that time because of the long gap between meals. She began to invite others to join her and thus became the tradition. Ladies Who Lunch are inviting you to their afternoon tea at the historic Town Hall in Carleton Place.
Since ancient Rome, a cultured person ate with 3 fingers, a commoner with five. Thus, the birth of the raised pinkie as a sign of elitism. This 3 fingers etiquette rule is still correct when picking up food with the fingers and handling various pieces of flatware. This pinky “up” descended from a misinterpretation of the 3 fingers vs 5 fingers dining etiquette in the 11th century. Chef Dusty Pettes of Ballygiblin’s is providing you with a savoury menu of:
Cucumber salad rolls
Roasted red pepper mousse on potato baguette
Mini quiche made with local eggs and fresh cheeses
Fluffy Sweet potato biscuits with fresh herb whipped butter & hot pepper marmalade
Dusty Pettes, and Dan— chef extraordinaires from Ballygiblins are also making their Maple Pecan Bars. More desserts choices to come.
In addition to tea, larger parties provide punch. Tiffany from the Ginger Cafe is providing you with Lavender lemonade from a silver punch fountain
Cake slices, buns or rolls, cookies, biscuits and scones are all common at a tea.
The Victorians often offered professional tea-leaf readers to read your cup of Earl Grey tea. Christine Toth from Steeped Tea is offering all the ladies Earl Grey Tea a La crème that will be served by the ladies of St Mary’s. We will not have tea readers Like the Victorians but you can get your cards read later at The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Still all in Victorian Tradition.Also see a beautiful art display by Beautiful Minds.
You can also visit Springside Hall built in 1860 that had many high teas held by one of the founders and mayors of Carleton Place in its time. Visit all 22 rooms decorated in Steampunk and Victorian décor.
See you June 6th!