Monday, April 28, 2008

The art of tea at Suzette's Creperie


Author Elizabeth Knight sets a perfect table for tea.

The art of tea at Suzette's Creperie

Elizabeth Macik/ staff reporter 04/22/08 09:54 AM

Elizabeth Knight has mastered the art of the tea party. After years of studying, hosting, writing about and drinking tea, Knight will visit Suzette’s Creperie, 211 West Front St., Wheaton on Sunday, May 4 to impart her hospitality wisdom while sharing her new book, “Celtic Teas with Friends.”

“I am excited to share how special Celtic hospitality is, as early as 300 B.C. there were laws established to offer hospitality to travelers. It was a sacred duty. We are all here to make the world a little warmer for each other,” Knight said.

And Suzette’s is thrilled to have her.

“We have hosted events like this before and we tend to look for opportunities to feature tea service and invite people to an event that is exciting for tea enthusiasts, “ said Christine Kenny-Sheputis, private party and catering manager and day manager.

Diners can expect a meal with samplings of recipes from the book, and a chance to ask the author questions. Knight will discuss tips on creating the perfect tea setting, including appropriate music selection, and ways of injecting fun into a tea event with favors or activities. She will also be available to sign books.

“The proprietor, Donna Hesik, is very tuned into events and celebrations and is always looking for something interesting to do. This is also an alternative Mother’s Day experience,” Kenny-Sheputis said.

Something for everyone
“Tea is both a drink and a meal. It is a ritual and sacrament. It is part of a whole ritual to realign you with nature and connect with people you are sharing with. I don’t know of any other drink that is all those things,” Knight said.

Reservations are filling up fast for this event. Afternoon tea is $35 per person plus tax and gratuity and High Tea is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. There will be two seatings from 2 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday May 4. Afternoon tea is a light fancy snack, and high tea is more of a meal.

“I think it always enhances the event when ladies come in hats and gloves, it makes it more fun and festive. Hats will be really fun to enhance the experience.” Kenny-Sheputis said.

For reservations, call 630-462-0898 or vist Suzette’s Creperie is located at 211 West Front St. in Wheaton. For more information on Elizabeth Knight, visit

By Elizabeth Macik staff reporter