13th Street Cats holds another successful afternoon tea fundraiser

Place setting for afternoon tea. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

The Friends of 13th Street Cats just wrapped up their 4th annual Cat Rescue Tea in downtown San Jose! A few changes were introduced for 2012, the biggest one being a new, larger venue. The historic three-story Victorian mansion that hosted the event this year is located on North 3rd Street and enabled the organization to serve around 150 people – including the army of volunteers, who ate after the guests had left – over March 10 and 11th. The menu included a choice of two hot teas: Earl Grey Creme — one of their most popular flavors, donated by Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square, and Lemon Rose tisane, donated by Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Santa Clara St. and the Peet’s at Santana Row.

Guests being served in the entry. Photo: Miranda Von Stockhausen.

A hearty afternoon tea menu was provided for each guest, including savories like bacon with fig jam and cream cheese, tomato and basil with goat cheese, and pear with blue cheese and pecans in tea sandwiches, currant scones with jam and Meyer lemon curd, lemon pound cake, chocolate bonbons, and artichoke frittata. Vegetarians and guests with nut allergies were accommodated with separate plates. A colorful sugar cookie in the shape of a cat sat at each place setting as an extra treat. All of the food was homemade by the volunteers who plated and served it. Along with conversation and taking photos of the beautifully restored house, the guests spent the time viewing the raffle and silent auction items, which included tea-themed and pet-themed gift baskets, bottles of wine, gift certificates for massages and other services, and a weekend in Tahoe.

Guests in the back parlor. Photo: Miranda von Stockhausen.

Everyone seemed to have a good time, including all the hard-working volunteers, so it was a success! Local San Jose businesses, including Satori Tea Bar, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Roy’s Station in Japantown, Trader Joe’s, and a long list of individuals donated supplies and services necessary to make the 2012 Cat Rescue Tea fundraiser happen for 13th Street Cats. The best compliments that the Friends of 13th Street Cats have received are the many guests who return year after year, the number of teapots that returned to the kitchen for a refill, and the many requests for second helpings of the food (unfortunately, second helpings can’t be provided)! If you didn’t get a ticket, you should know that seats at this fundraiser have sold out far in advance from the very first year, so when you hear that they go on sale for the 2013 event, get your ticket right away!

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

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