Review of Simply Gourmet’s hosting of traditional Royal English Tea Service at Powel Crosley Estate; A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation

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By: Carol Erickson

Tea Time Everyone !!

Making a cup of tea is nice and relaxing,  but if you would like to make it an event or celebrate an occasion,  head to the Powel Crowsley Estate for a traditional Royal High Tea. The vintage feel of the building, yet the tropical location on the Bay of Sarasota,  transports you back to an era of sophistication.  It is a perfect ambiance for a recreation of the Royal Event at the Buckingham Palace.  Simply Gourmet Catering is serving High Tea in the exclusive upstairs living area in the mansion overlooking the Bay.  The menu features both sweet and savory traditional specialties that are sure to please everyone.

“Pinkies Up” …for a ‘spot’ of afternoon tea served in style,  make your way to The Crosley Mansion,  located at 8374 N. Tamiami Trail (3 blocks north of the Ringling Museum).  Tickets are $32.  A portion of the proceeds benefits The Crosley Foundation.

For more information and limited availability,  call 941-225-9122




Everybody Must Get Sconed!

Royal Tea Service at Powel Crosley Estate

February 12, 19, 26 and March 5, 12, 19 Powel Crosley Estate

Get your pinky finger ready! Simply Gourmet hosts a traditional royal English tea service on Thursday afternoons.

(Sarasota, FL) Simply Gourmet is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. In February and March, the Sarasota-based catering firm features a traditional Royal English tea service on Thursday afternoons, February 12, 19, 26; and March 5, 12, 19, 2 p.m., at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $32. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. To reserve, call 941-225-9122.

What is a Royal English tea service?

Every year, the Royal Family hosts an afternoon tea for about 8,000 guests at Buckingham Palace,” says Chef Larry Barrett, president of Simply Gourmet Caterers, explaining that the tradition began in 1860 with Queen Victoria. “It’s a grand and colorful affair. Men wear suits or military uniforms, and women wear dresses with hats and gloves. The 500-foot buffet table is set with a feast and there’s tea, of course.” Barrett says that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, circulate among the guests.

The Crosley Estate offers the perfect ambiance for our recreation of this royal event,” says Barrett.

Chef Barrett is known for combining fine cuisine and wines with historical events. Most notable are his signature reproductions of White House state dinners, which feature authentic reproductions of meals served during the Kennedy and Reagan eras. “I see it as a type of culinary theater,” he says.

What can guests expect at the Crosley Estate afternoon teas?

Our menu features savory and sweet specialties,” says Barrett. Expect such delicacies as Cassis Marinated Strawberry Parfait, Vanilla Cream Fruit Tartlets, Currant Scones/Devonshire Cream, Double Chocolate Triangles, Turkey/Sundried Tomato Pinwheels, Royal Tea Sandwich Medley. “And don’t forget the tea,” Barrett laughs. “Guests will savor properly brewed cups of flavorful English tea.”

For more information and reservations for the afternoon teas at the Powel Crosley Estate, call 941-225-9122.

Simply Gourmet is owned by Larry and Jamie Barrett, a husband-and-wife team with more than 25 years in the culinary and events-related industry. The company caters weddings, galas, business luncheons, brunches, corporate retreats, birthdays, receptions and private affairs in this region and in the Tampa Bay area. Known for its meticulous attention to detail and innovative style, Simply Gourmet has been featured in such magazines as Food Arts, Catersource and Food and Beverage. For more information, call Larry Barrett at 941-929-0066 or visit

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