Tea Time

My Mother turned 50 late last year and we waited to celebrate once everyone was in town for Christmas. The event that I was most excited about was her birthday tea. If you live in Memphis or find yourself in Memphis, add tea at Chez Philippe in the Peabody Hotel to your edible bucket list Memphis edition.

I have had tea at Memphis’ famed hotel a couple of times before, so I knew we were in for a treat that afternoon.

After you make your way through the hotel and walk through the gilded gate that leads you into the restaurant you are greeted by an all male staff ready to attend to your every need in what seems like Buckingham Palace.

First things first, what type of tea you would prefer in your pot. I selected Earl Gray, no surprise there 🙂

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What is a part with out party favors?

the part favors I made

the party favors I made

After your pot of tea is brought out, the server pours your first cup while you await the first course.

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A selection of 5 sandwiches is the savory course of the afternoon. The sandwiches that day were prosciutto and shaved asparagus, chicken and walnut salad, salmon and capers on cream cheese, crab salad, and sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.

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My favorites were the chicken salad and the crab salad.

close up of the crab

close up of the crab

My favorite course is next, the scone! The scone we received that afternoon was laced with dried cherries. It was warm, flaky, buttery— it was perfect.

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The fact that I generously schmeared it with devonshire clotted cream had nothing to do with it, I am sure.

jam & cream

jam & cream

Lastly, the sweets. Just when you feel as you cannot eat another bite, a tower of dessert appears.

sorry, bottle not included

sorry, bottle not included

Chocolate covered strawberries, mango macarons, dark chocolate cups filled with vanilla cream, red velvet cake, and a walnut and ginger tart wrap up the luxurious tea.

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Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you very much and I am so thankful for an opportunity to celebrate your life.

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Chez Philippe is located at 149 Union Avenue in the lobby of the Peabody hotel in downtown Memphis. Call 901.529.4188 for reservations. Also, you may visit their website if you would like more information.

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