Tea is typically associated with the United Kingdom, but the drink has occasionally cropped up in coffee-loving France – most famously in Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, in which the narrator drops a crumbly cookie in his cup and 3000 pages of reflections ensue.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is hoping to stimulate garden archaeology, not unbridled sentimentality, with its upcoming French Tea. The Apr. 6 event will benefit the Friends of André Michaux Charleston Garden Project, an organization studying the site of the 18th-century French botanist’s Charleston-area home.
To give the tea party a French feel, Fork chef Wendell Edwards is preparing a four-course meal featuring carrot soup; a vegetable Napoleon and chocolate tarts. A flutist, violinist and cellist will provide the classical French tunes.
Tickets to the tea are $65, and can be purchased through magnoliaplantation.com. The tea runs from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.