Showing posts with label Tea Parties. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tea Parties. Show all posts

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Experience a Tea Fit for a Queen at Bouchee Confections in Reno, Nevada


Bouchee Confections
940 W Moana Ln #102 
Reno, NV 89509



***High Tea 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month + Select weekends for special Holidays
Seatings: 11am, 1:30pm, or 4pm
***You can order tea pot loose leaf tea (without food) a la carte any other day

or call/text (775) 384-1455 

Simply put, "Afternoon Tea (also known as High Tea these days)," a British tradition introduced in the 1840s by the Duchess of Bedford, Anna, was a means to bridge the gap between meals and tame hunger.  

Though there are subtle differences between "High" and "Afternoon" Tea, they have evolved to be used interchangeably as restaurants have found it easy to put the two in the same category for advertising purposes. 

Source of Picture The Spruce

Today, tea is enjoyed as an occasional indulgence, a way to catch up with special friends, and is used to celebrate special occasions. 

Whatever the reason for tea, you can expect to delight in a lovely and cozy setting in which conversations flow easily, dainty sandwiches, premium loose leaf teas, and fine pastries are savored, and time is enjoyed with friends and family. 

I am so excited to announce that we have a proper tea service here in Reno that can be found at Bouchee Confections, a craft chocolate shop created and owned by Natalie, a passionate local chocolatier/pastry chef that's trained in France and has years of experience working in restaurants. 

Using quality ingredients, special training, creativity, passion, and patience, Natalie concocts multi-layered desserts and craft chocolates for the main part of her shop, specials throughout the holidays and seasons, and special pastries, finger sandwiches, and desserts for her High Tea service.

If you want to indulge and celebrate life, and you want to do it in style and class (with Bridgerton-like music playing in the background), Natalie's High Tea service is a special experience that will make any day and occasion special, with beyond delicious finger sandwiches, pastries, the perfect accompaniments, and desserts that will keep you coming back for more.

What to Expect at Bouchee's Tea Service

*Comforting and Tasty Sandwiches  
(subject to change with seasons) 
My service came with: 
-Herbed egg salad 
-Roast beef, horseradish, and arugula 
-Brie, apple, and prociutto

They were all so flavorful and delightful.  I kept on taking small bites because I didn't want the magic to disappear. 


*Bottomless Premium Loose Leaf Tea
One flavor per person
They have Green, Black, and Herbal Options

Coffees and Teas sourced from Glory Cloud in Carson City.  They have exceptional craft products and service inside their shop (order drinks while shopping for bags of coffee and tea and learn about their process). 

Their Strawberry Chocolate Pu'erh was BEYOND tasty.  A taste of sophistication. 


*An Assortment of Fine Pastries and Desserts
My service included a piece of divine chocolate, a delicious housemade shortbread cookie, a moist and flavorful scone, a beautiful chocolate-covered strawberry, and a gourmet housemade marshmallow.

*The Best Clotted Cream and Jams

What is Clotted Cream? 
The best thing you can spread onto your made from scratch scone!

Clotted cream is a thick butter made from heavy cream that's been baked for a long time in an oven.  With its long baking time comes the most flavorful type of thickened, earthy, and nutty kind of butter that has bits of explosive flavor in every bite.  

My service came with lemon curd and raspberry jam.  Both were so addicting and when added onto pastries with clotted cream, became an explosion of flavor. 

*Attentative and Friendly Service

I have a natural tendency to ask questions about foods I enjoy and kept on bothering my kind server, April, with so many questions.  She was always happy to answer them and even threw in some extra information for fun.  April was also great at checking in. 


*A Mix of Lovely China and Teapots 

Bouchee Confection's Teapots and Plates are absolutely cute and adorable.  These touches make for a fun and charming experience.

NOTES
*Natalie does custom orders
*You have two hours to dine for High Tea
*Desserts and treats in shop change often according to seasons and holidays
*Plenty of parking available
*Espresso Coffees, lattes, and loose leaf teas served daily
*Indoor seating available
*Book in advance to secure spots for High Tea
*You can find other products at the shop from other local vendors
*If you would like to support and help keep this amazing shop open, please follow them on Social Media and spread the word to friends and family

Other Desserts and Treats at the Shop

Categorized Under "Good Eats"---> "High Tea and Tea Shops" & "Desserts"

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Step back in History at The Lake Mansion, One of Reno's Oldest Buildings (1877)


250 Court St. Reno, NV 89501

Website


Every summer, Reno holds a month-long art festival called Artown, which is held throughout the whole month of July.  The festival features many events produced by many organizations and businesses all around town.  Arts for all Nevada- The Lake Mansion was only one of many participants and held a Summer Sizzles Art Festival.  I knew I had to check it out with my kids because 1: I had to get a bite of history and check out the 1877 Victorian/Italianate mansion and 2: the kids would have eight stations of art enrichment.

This event, open to all ages and free of charge, turned out to be a huge hit with the whole family.  Some art included shaping clay, art with pastels, assembling paper birds, making stick bumble bees, paper butterflies, and more.  They even had books and face paint for all.

It was priceless for the kids to work on multiple art projects, exercising their creativity while building their skill set.  It was also nice having guidance available when needed.  Only one knows the endless influence these art projects will have on their future selves.  

Upon arrival, I immediately felt the excitement of all the kids.  All the volunteers and workers were happy to be there, teaching.

I love that they kept track of which schools kids were coming in from so that they can have a better picture and make arrangements for funding.  

They hold kids' birthday parties(outside food and decorations allowed), special events, legit tea parties (tea and food available for purchase), and weddings.  I've seen pictures of their events on their website and they looked amazing.  I'm definitely going to do tea and throw a birthday party here one day, especially knowing that I'll be in good hands and the funds will go toward maintaining the beautiful property.

Check out their website for events details for rentals, tours, lessons, camps, and volunteer opportunities (they're always looking for art people to teach).  Also be on the lookout for their three amazing art festivals they host throughout the year (summer, spring, fall).

Thank you Lake Mansion for having a passionate, artistic heart and thank you Reno, for hosting art town for the betterment and enjoyment of the whole community.


Categorized under "Artown and Birthday/Event Venues"