Where: Chamblee, Georgia Style: Inviting cafe, sup de luxe kitchen Tea Selection: 35+ loose leaf teas by Adagio Teas Teatimes: Tuesday to Saturday 7 to 9 pm; Sunday 10 am to 12 pm Reservations: Required with online deposit Contact:Reserve here or 404-832-0533 Cost: $25 Private Tea Party (plus $75 deposit) Destination Tea Tips: Try the Bewitching Tea! We recommend leaving time to shop their shelves of all-natural spices and high quality teas. Southern Roots also offers an optional spice tasting, which we loved as a follow-on activity after our teatime.
Destination Tea Notes: Don’t let this new spice shop’s unassuming storefront deceive you. At least half the guests at our Southern Roots Spice Shop tea party commented that this was one of their best afternoon tea experiences yet. Once you meet the hosts, “The Seasoner” Todd McKinley and his husband Lynn Brewington, you’ll see why. No staid teatime, this tea party is interactive from start to finish, peppered with lively storytelling and shared laughs.
Upon entering, we walk past the inviting cafe area, where coffee, teas and treats are sold, to the back of the shop where two full walls are lined with spice shelves, and our beautifully set tea table awaits. After enjoying our meal, we each take a little basket and tiny tasting spoon, and begin our spice tasting journey, touring the entire spice collection with Todd as our guide. Everyone finds several treasures to take home, from loose leaf teas and granulated honey to gourmet salts and one-of-a-kind spice blends. Looking around at my smiling friends, I think Todd and Lynn have a proprietary seasoning they freely share: a sprinkling of happiness.