“I was looking for a place to have mother-daughter teatime and the idea came to me: I want to provide this opportunity for families and friends in the Nashville community,” says Chef Maneet Chauhan of Nashville’s Chauhan Ale & Masala House (123 12th Ave. N., Nashville).
Chauhan’s brainchild is now a monthly afternoon high tea, making for a memorable mommy-daughter outing. The monthly tea — a relaxing two-hour stretch of down time — harkens back to an elegant way of life.
At a recent tea, Nashville Parent
enjoyed sampling teas of the day; a giant cart of decorative teapots yields eight different soothing and flavorful offerings. Chauhan makes the teas herself, changing them seasonally.
Our favorites include orange spice gingerbread tea and divine temple white tea — a fusion of jasmine, mango, pineapple, papaya, orange peel, strawberry and red currants — as well as the refreshing lychee ginger mint iced tea.
Nibble on a variety of tasty items like sugar cookies, cream puffs, deviled eggs, sausage and cheese biscuits, and fresh fruit. Chauhan is able to accommodate some special dietary requests (including vegan) in advance when you make reservations.
“It’s so lovely that Chauhan has brought the high tea experience to Nashville,” says local mom Shalene France Gray (pictured above with her 6-year-old daughter Zazou). “In the hustle of daily life, we often forget to take time for ourselves and sometimes even for our families. We happen to be big tea drinkers in our house, so spending an afternoon with loved ones while sipping Ms. Chauhan’s custom tea blends (not to mention tasty bites!) is just what the doctor ordered,” she adds.
High tea is $35 per person. February's high tea is Saturday, Feb. 20 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Call 615-242-8426 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org