Destination Tea: Taste Wine & Gourmet Foods

Where:  Historic Dahlonega, Georgia
Style:  Boutique court
Tea Selection:  3 bagged teas
Teatimes:  Special Tea Events
Reservations:  Ticket purchase required
Contact: 706-688-9463 or Reserve Here
Cost:  $30 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips:  Make a day of it! Especially if you are from out of town, come early to shop the historic Dahlonega square (tea lovers will want to make sure they visit My Vintage Gypsy Teas & Magical Makings). Across the street from Taste, there several large antique stores where one might hunt for vintage teaware, as well as a great boutique, The Rusted Buffalo, inside the same building. And it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find a couple delicious wines to take home from Taste while you’re there. Carriage House Shoppes has limited parking in front, and additional spots around the side of the building on South Grove Street.

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Georgia afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

exterior Carriage House Shopped in Dahlonega for afternoon tea at Taste

Destination Tea Notes: Something very wonderful is happening in Dahlonega, and we say, this trend needs to take off across the United States. In this small, historic town of gold rush fame, when community members began asking for an afternoon tea service, Michael Davis, owner of Taste Wine & Gourmet Foods, agreed to throw a tea party. Walking down any Main Street of a 19th century American town, it’s hard not to have the same thought: this town needs a tearoom. Micheal began hunting for vintage china and menu planning, scheduling several teatimes in November and December. In January, he’ll reevaluate whether or not and how he’d like to continue. We certainly hope he does, because we very much enjoyed our teatime, and see the beginnings of something lovely happening here.

One of the heartwarming aspects of taking tea in a small town is experiencing its tight-knit local community. Ivy Spraker, whose 23-year-old floral shop neighbors Taste, pitches in to serve the afternoon tea, making sure we always have hot water and everything we need. Happily, we are sat with C.C. Felty, Communications Coordinator for Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau, who is not only a gracious young lady, but also a Dahlonega aficionado, sharing the many things to love about her town.

Visiting with Michael, we learn that he adapted to several last-minute snafus with aplomb. In fact, our favorite part of the menu is the savories course, which Michael makes himself. The pictures below depict the inaugural tea, so expect that certain aspects of this afternoon tea will evolve. And especially if you are local and want to see this afternoon tea service become a regular thing, reserve your December tickets today!

afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Past the Taste storefront, Michael sets up tea tables in the shoppes’ mini court.
afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Crisp white linens and beautiful china dress up the space, bordered with potted greenery.

Tea Service

pretty tea cup at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Loving my teacup, and this pretty creamer
lemon curd and tea bags at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Pots of hot water are served with a choice of three bagged teas, a Vanilla Chai and Green from Bigelow, as well as a Lemon Zinger. Talking with Michael, we learn he may be offering loose leaf teas in future (we recommend it).

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

broccoli cheese soup at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Michael whipped up this tasty broccoli cheese soup himself.
3-tiered tray at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
The three tier tray is plated course by course.
finger sandwiches at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Finger sandwiches are all delicious. It seems a bit much to get overly enthusiastic about a ham and cheese sandwich, but it is so good, and note the pretty layering of ham and cheese. The pimiento cheese is richly satisfying, and we appreciate the garnished cucumber sandwiches.
savories at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Smoked salmon crostini with capers are very yummy, and stuffed cherry tomatoes round out the savories course.
scones at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Though the scones are not as airy and warm as we like, the cranberry scone’s flavor (the other is lemon poppyseed) comes through and is a perfect pairing for the season.
desserts at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Two French pastries are fresh baked for this occasion: scrumptious, pillowy madeleines (vanilla sponge cakes) dusted with powdered sugar, and palmiers, light, crispy and not overly sweet.
Angela at afternoon tea at Taste in Dahlonega
Such a happy time at Taste’s afternoon tea! I am properly caffeinated and ready to shop. Also especially pleased to have donned my newest fascinator, designed by Nabi.
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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