Where: Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, Georgia Style: Loft home kitchen Tea Selection: 5 loose leaf teas by ZenTea Teatimes: Select Tea Dates Reservations: Required, pre-paid Contact: 404-401-9655 or via email Cost: $65 High Tea (includes chai-making demonstration) Destination Tea Tips: The best way to learn when The Third Space will be offering another high tea is to request to be added to their newsletter. Come early to find free parking on the street, or pay to park in the Studioplex lot.
Destination Tea Notes: At The Third Space, we try not to act too starstruck when Asha Gomez comes to our table to prepare our tea for us. Asha is a big deal, and we know this firsthand, because we’ve been blown away by her cooking before, at her former Westside restaurant, critically-acclaimed Cardamom Hill. Asha is not just an amazing chef featured in national media outlets from Food Network to the New York Times. She’s also a cookbook author, contributing writer, global food advocate, online cooking show teacher, and we learn, a mom like us, who loves going to afternoon tea with her son whenever they travel.
Asha has just begun offering a “high tea” as a special event, which is priced at the high end of Atlanta’s tea services because it includes a chai-making demonstration after a very generous meal. Born in Kerala, India, Asha intentionally invites us all to celebrate Indian cuisine, this time familiarizing us with her favorite chai preparation. We note that while teas grown on Indian estates are very often served at afternoon tea around the U.S., Asha is the first hostess we’ve had who incorporates traditional Indian flavors into each course of her delicious menu. In fact, we find that her mint-cilantro chutney cucumber sandwiches are a masterful improvement on the original.