G's First Tea

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Wild Plum Tea Room

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Friday, September 20, 2013

After much discussion and planning, we decided to take my daughter to her first tea at The Wild Plum in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Although she had only just turned five months old everyone knew it would be a great way to begin a new tradition as well as form a story to share with her later.

G's three Aunts, E, R and M were there, as well as Grandma S and Grandma B. We each moved our schedules around to be included in this special event, and found The Wild Plum nestled off the beaten path on a curvy mountain road. Although the parking was tight and sparse, we were all quite satisfied with our treasured find.

Although you might have to wait to sit, especially if your party is larger than three, it is definitely worth the wait. Since we had six adults and one baby, we were invited to sit inside and able to view the tea sets on display as well as walls hanging with painting and drawings from local artists. Our waitress stopped at our table to explain the menu and list off some specials before she asked whether we would like the hot or iced wild plum tea.

Out of six adults, five requested hot tea while Aunt E settled for the iced selection. Though you may think these would taste the same, they are apparently quite different. The hot tea tastes as though you are biting into a fresh plum while iced tea is supposedly citrus based in flavor. We were all pleased with our tea and crumpets (which included delicious homemade plum jelly) and moved on to special salads, tomato basil soup and chicken salad before desert. After a little deliberation we picked out an apple cake with cinnamon ice cream topping and caramel syrup, a chocolate torte drizzled with raspberry topping, grapefruit ice cream and lime sorbet.

Everything we tried was completely unique, including the grain based salads, not to mention the tea, and each hope we can turn this into an annual tradition. It was made even more special by the presence of the first granddaughter and purchase of her very first tea cup (which was used by Grandma S and came from the owner's personal collection). The pattern had a special meaning to me and I hope it becomes a treasured Feast of Tabernacles gift for her one day.
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