Food Briefs: Tea and princess parties

March 17, 2014 

Order Easter cakes by March 30

Miniature Easter pound cakes are only on sale through March 30 from The Pentecostals of Troy. For 35 years, the homemade chocolate-covered, egg-shaped pound cakes -- topped with a candy flower -- have been a metro-east favorite. Cost is $10 per dozen, $5 per half-dozen.

Pick up date is April 12 at the church, 8965 Route 162, Troy.

For more information, go to pentecostalsoftroy.org, on Facebook, call 667-6054, or email revbb63@aol.com.

Pork, Pinot Noir & Port Pairing Dinner

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Fezziwig's Market Place, 220-222 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

Cost: $45 to $65 per person

Reservations: Required in advance to 618-537-8422. You will need to choose which option you wish when you place your reservation. Your wines by the bottle can be prepared for you ahead of time.

Features: Four-course meal, which includes appetizer, wild mushroom soup, pork tenderloin, truffle potatoes, haricots verts and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce. Purchase the $65 dinner and explore four wines to match perfectly with each course. Or purchase the dinner and choose your own bottle, plus a reduced $5 corking fee.

Princess Tea Party

When: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $20

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or online at eckerts.com

Features: Attention little princesses. Don't miss the chance to join the Queen and other little princesses for a special tea party. Learn etiquette, make a princess craft, enjoy special snacks, have fun dancing to princess songs and take part in a parade. Come in your favorite princess dress.

Growin' Groovy

What: Kids cooking class for ages 5-12

When: 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $20 (parents free)

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or online at eckerts.com

Features: Spring is the perfect time to experiment with growing your own food. Plant seeds and a pizza herb you will get to take home. Tour a few crops and finish up with two recipes in the classroom featuring homegrown harvest favorites.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

When: Two seatings, noon and 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fezziwig's Market Place, 220-222 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

Cost: $24

Reservations: Required in advance to 618-537-8422

Features: Wear your favorite hat. Surprise menu will include traditional tea fare as well as quirky twists on some timeless classics. Adult menu; no children under 8.

TEA 101

When: 6-7:30 p.m. March 25

Where: Fezziwig's Market Place, 220-222 W. Saint Louis St., Lebanon

Cost: $$20

Reservations: Required in advance to 618-537-8422

Features: An introduction to the world of premium loose-leaf tea.

Co-owner and Certified Tea Educator Specialist Ellen Leaf-Moore will help you learn about the history of tea, its origins, the processes used to make black, green, Oolong, Pu-Erh and white Teas. You'll also learn about Rooibos and botanical blends.

Learn proper brewing techniques and some basic tea etiquette.

Each student receives a guide book to take home and a special discount on tea and tea accessory purchases after the class.

All gummed up

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