A graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu program at the California School of Culinary Arts, Kristi Harfman passionately fills the roles of owner, manager, and head chef at Two A Tea. With a refined afternoon-tea program that boasts a selection of more than 40 loose-leaf teas, she oversees a traditional menu of scones, soups, salads, tea sandwiches, and desserts, served midday into the early evening, Wednesday–Sunday. Over pastel-colored tablecloths, tea takers raise cups brimming with jasmine, earl grey, and passionfruit teas to toast to birthdays, new babies, and the memory of all the leaves lost at the Boston Tea Party.
Two a Tea's boutique outfits at-home tea rooms with all the necessary teas and accessories, including infusers, books, and loose-leaf teas.
The Cake Mamas whip up confectionary concoctions from scratch with real butter, milk, flour, sugar, and eggs, crafting a kaleidoscope of more than 18 rotating flavors. Finely grind a raspberry lemonade and sip it through a straw or fill your stomach suitcase with a fully intact marble fudge.
After a course at Village Kitchen, accomplished chefs will inch closer to pro status, while those who've chopped more fingers than potatoes will have their clumsiness exorcised thanks to patient instruction from Village's enlightened gurus of all things edible. Classes are held every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (the classes are also offered one Wednesday a month at 6 p.m.), while the theme varies from week to week. On April 10, learn to master the pressure cooker to easily turn out incredible delights like coq au vin with button mushrooms, or discover the joys of the spring harvest on April 24 with a complete tutorial in a four-course seasonal feast with salmon medallions, baked gnocchi, and cherry-chocolate gelato. On May 8, harness the subtle power of Indian spices to create tandoori shrimp, curried salmon with cinnamon rice and golden raisins, and warm rice pudding; or craft the perfect wine appetizers (you'll make five), like scallop ceviche with melon and red-onion asparagus quesadillas, on May 22. You'll eat everything you make and get a beverage, so no one escapes hungry. Classes are limited to 18 people, so when you find the apple class of your human eye, call to schedule before it fills up.