Moun­tain Oaks Tea Room ac­cept­ing reser­va­tions for Valen­tine’s Day

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - WHERE TO DINE - BY BRANDI DIXON COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Fresh into the new year, and not miss­ing a beat af­ter their sold-out Princess Tea, Moun­tain Oaks Tea Room in Oolte­wah is keep­ing up the pace with its next event geared to­ward cou­ples cel­e­brat­ing Valen­tine’s Day.

The Oolte­wah tea room is of­fer­ing a spe­cial menu for the evening of Feb. 14, when cou­ples can take ad­van­tage of qual­ity time to­gether and sam­ple some of the restau­rant’s fa­vorite dishes to boot.

“This is a no- wait event,” said owner Sonya Guf­fey. “We’re not flip­ping ta­bles once you fin­ish. Your ta­ble is just your ta­ble for the evening. We won’t rush you out.”

The menu for the night will con­sist of gar­lic Parme­san chicken, which is mar­i­nated and then baked in a lus­cious sauce, a sam­pling of the tea room’s fa­mous brisket, which is al­ways a fa­vorite of the gen­tle­men, green beans, mashed po­ta­toes and salad. An el­e­gant red vel­vet tri­fle served along­side choco­late-cov­ered straw­ber­ries will con­clude the meal.

“Guests are wel­come to bring their own bot­tle of wine or cham­pagne for the meal as well,” Guf­fey added.

The tea room’s scratch­made fare sup­ports all the love and ro­mance of Valen­tine’s am­biance, as does its el­e­gant space and décor. The large space, which is at­tached to the wed­ding chapel of the same name, Hum­ming­bird Cake is a pop­u­lar dessert at Moun­tain Oaks Tea Room. fea­tures four din­ing rooms, each with a dif­fer­ent theme, color scheme and china pat­terns.

There is The Queen’s Room, The Gar­den­view, The French Mar­ket and Scar­lett’s Room, which fea­tures flo­ral pat­terns, hunter green lace, satin-topped ta­bles and a paint­ing of Scar­lett O’Hara.

The large, brick, white-columned build­ing that houses the tea room is 104 years old, fur­ther adding to the venue’s charm. Over the past cen­tury, the site has func­tioned as the James County court­house, a li­brary, a health de­part­ment and a vot­ing precinct.

Cost for the Valen­tine’s Day din­ner is $22.95 per per­son. As this is a reser­va­tion-only event, those hop­ing to sa­vor the ro­mance of this meal are en­cour­aged to call early to se­cure a spot.

Con­tin­u­ing all its grand tra­di­tions and clas­sic fla­vors for the new year, Moun­tain Oaks Tea Room fea­tures its usual 28 fla- vors of hot tea and lun­cheon fare in­clud­ing crois­sants, scones, soups, sal­ads and sand­wiches, and the ever- pop­u­lar South­ern smoked bologna slid­ers.

Sam­mies of­fered dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours make an ex­cel­lent mid­day meal, such as The Gen­tle­man, which boasts hearty roast beef, pep­per jack cheese and mayo on toasted bread or the jalapeno pi­mento cheese.

“We’re not just fluffy and f roufrou,” Guf­fey said. In ad­di­tion to hearty menu op­tions, there are deca­dent desserts in­clud­ing choco­late cake, tur­tle cheese­cake and cob­blers.

The tea room is an ideal choice for bridal or baby show­ers, Red Hat par­ties, cor­po­rate events, an­niver­sary or birth­day par­ties.

PHO­TOS BY MARK GILLILAND

Gar­lic Parme­san chicken is one of the menu choices for Valen­tine’s Day din­ner at Moun­tain Oaks Tea Room in Oolte­wah.

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