Food & Drink

Tea for two hundred

Often, our fast-paced schedules don't allow time to relax and enjoy time with friends.

An afternoon party is a perfect opportunity to return to a quieter, less hectic time, sip a cup of tea and nibble on homemade treats.

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary in Richmond is having afternoon tea April 5 — one of the area's most popular events. Almost as soon as the auxiliary finishes gathering and distributing Christmas food bags, Angel Tree gifts and stockings, members turn their talents to planning a spring tea, Marilyn Hungarland said.

Rather than hiring a caterer, the women prepare all the finger foods themselves.

Members are making food for 225 guests, and most of it is individual servings of choco'roon brownies, blue cheese tea crackers, truffles, chocolate-dipped apricots, veggie rounds, nutty oat tea sandwiches, fruity petit fours, zucchini triangles, Italian stacks, bruschetta bites, butter chip cookies, crancrisps and ­Cheddar sunflower sandwiches — about 250 pieces of each.

Hungarland, a charter member and past ­president of the auxiliary, said the women work hard to make it an outstanding event as a way to give back to the community. Proceeds will pay electric bills, buy food and meet other essential needs of people in the four counties — Madison, Rockcastle, Estill and Lee — served by the Richmond Salvation Army .

The guest speakers at this year's tea are Eastern ­Kentucky University English professors Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet. Both men are authors, and they plan to discuss writing, specifically writing mystery short stories.

An antiques silent auction is a big part of the fund-raiser, and this year's gotta-have-it items are a mink coat and antique linens.

The event will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the Christian Life Center of First Presbyterian Church, 330 West Main Street, Richmond. Tickets are $18. Call (859) 624-5826.