Friday, July 4, 2014

Harris-Lass Museum-Afternoon Tea for Charity

Tea Time Adventures brings you a summer charity event! The Harris-Lass Museum in Santa Clara hosts this fundraiser annually so this year we got tickets (courtesy of the Let's Go to Afternoon Tea Meetup group) and took Caltrain down to the South Bay for another tea adventure. Here is a little history about the house (from their website):

"The Harris-Lass House Museum is located at 1889 Market Street in Santa Clara, California.  It is the last farm site in the city of Santa Clara and is named for the two families who owned and lived on the property for 125 years.  The museum consists of the house, a classic California barn, summer kitchen, tank house and landscaped gardens."

We arrived early on this warm June day, so after we checked in and found our assigned tables (grabbing seats in the shade!) there was plenty of time for picture taking. We perused the raffle goodies. Most popular was the chair planter of purple petunias, but there was a wide variety of baskets and goodies available to win. You also got the chance to win a raffle just by attending when you entered your ticket stub for a door prize. A third chance at winning a drawing was to purchase something from the Harris-Lass gift shop which is housed in the Tank House (it has a windmill on top, easy to spot).

Plenty of door prizes.
Put your ticket in a basket for a chance to win!

Typewriter planter, Whaaat!

There is sure to be something to strike your fancy at the Harris-Lass gift shop. Including photos of the past residents and information about their lives.

The grounds are small, but lively flowers and an arched trellis show this could be a lovely setting for a wedding or garden party. The house was not open for tours since it was the preparation and staging area for the fashion show. We were reminded to save our tickets and return at a later date to see the insides of the house itself.

The catered afternoon tea included sandwiches, a mini scone with jam, lemon curd and (melted) cream, hot tea (we requested ice to make into iced tea—it was a warm day, even in the shade) along with dessert (lemon bars and brownies). 

J.K. made a party favor for the Meetup guests, Tea Marshmallows!!

Just as dessert began, so did the entertainment provided by Portraits of the Past. This group donned vintage clothing and enacted short vingnettes from the history of San Jose and the Bay Area. All the actors and actresses had a lot of fun and after the show they walked among the audience to let us see their costumes up close and personal. If you're interested in having them perform at your event, see their information below! The Harris-Lass tea is another fundraising tea event that happens yearly. Tickets to this afternoon tea sell out quickly, but don't despair. If you'd like to find out more about this historical home, you can visit year round!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon in pictures (2013)

Tea Time Adventures is happy to volunteer and help you with your foodie event! It's how we got involved with the Chocolate Salon! Now we know all the major players and chat them up whenever we get the chance. If you're interested in volunteering for a foodie event, (Tea Time also helps with the San Francisco Street Food Festival, Oakland Eat Real, the MOWSF Gala and we're looking for more!) just go to the website of the company hosting the event and click the volunteers link. You'll meet a bunch of fun people and get to see behind the scenes of a major event. Plus you (usually) get to attend the event for free (sometimes with restrictions). It's totally worth it!

Art Pollard (Amano Chocolate) and Chuck Siegel (Charles Chocolate)

There was a full roster of presentations.

Art Pollard's talks are always popular.

Angela loves the Teriyaki!

Tea Lovers chocolates

Art perusing Chuck's wares.

Plumeria flour

Their popcorn is always popular!!

Aaron Pollard minding the store while Art gives his talk.

Stephanie of Tea Lovers Gift Baskets
Angela and Adele of Tipsy Tea

Nothing like absinthe to bring out the essence of chocolate.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala—sweets

Sweets for the sweet! Guests indulged in a wide variety of desserts during the after dinner reception at the Meals on Wheels of San Francisco Star Chefs and Vinters Gala. From cupcakes to a reimagined apple pie from Taste Catering you could find something to satisfy your sweet tooth and celebrate. Since the auction and dinner had concluded, guests were excited to party! The dance floor was clear, the DJ ready to spin. Grab a cup of coffee, a melt in your mouth macaroon and get ready to shimmy shake. I have lots more pictures to share from the after dinner reception, but if you're curious about prediner reception, check it out!

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Cupcakes from Kara.

You squeeze the green tube into your mouth when you eat the dessert!

In demand cookies.

from this bakery/cafe!
Lots of options

I first ate this cookie with Afternoon Tea!

There's still a variety of wine if you want an after dinner beverage.
Pretty soon the DJ is going to crank up the music and the dance floor will be full of guests.
But don't worry, if your feet get tired, you can take a break to snack and recover.

Maybe you just want some take home granola from Aziza!
SF and Half Moon Bay show their cooking chops.

Thanks to the Ritz!

Hakkasan SF brings a layered fruity dessert to the guests tastebuds.
Pineapple galore.
A little meringue, kumquat and cream please from

Absinthe a favorite.

mini shortcakes galore

tout sweet
maccaroons, fruit in a cup and chocolate cakes, oh my!

goes to Taste!

Best presentation award

beautiful little apple pies!

going, going...

food on sticks-winner!

A very popular table, Taste has a great background of decorations and colors


Everything here is bite size so you can try them all

waterbar/farallon brings it on!

sweet donuty delights

Ready for some comfort foods? Grab a cookie!

Beth's Babies Cookies
Tea Icea Cream Sammies?? That's right up my alley!! Oh Humphry Slocombe.

Layered delights-Baker and Banker style


Susan Sarich and Suzy cakes!

Chefs give you a taste of their best creations!

They're ready for the storm, although not sure how many people have room after dinner?


A fellow volunteer let me photo her java ice cream

Pretty lights--wooooo

Looking, but too full for touching!

Sugar high? Getting sideways...

Time to Party the night away!!

*It was a long night and I tried very hard to keep track of everything and everyone's desserts. If I have made a mistake or misrepresented someone as making something else, I'm quite happy to change it! Just please let me know. It was my first time at an event so large trying to blog about every dish and it was a bit overwhelming. My best suggestion is to purchase a ticket or volunteer yourself at the next Gala!