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Basile deviled eggs at Mountain Oaks Tea Room. (Photo by Mark Gilliland)
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House beef brisket at Mountain Oaks Tea Room. (Photo by Mark Gilliland)

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Mountain Oaks Tea Room recently added two new dishes to its everyday menu. On your next visit, why not try the basil deviled eggs, beef brisket slider or the house strawberry shortcake. Or, why not try all three?

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MOUNTAIN OAKS TEA ROOM

Address: 9508 Church St., Ooltewah

Phone: 423-238-9333

Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday hours vary depending on private parties; closed Sunday and Monday

Like the beast’s servants in “Beauty and the Beast,” the Mountain Oaks Tea Room staff wants you to be their guest, be their guest; put their service to the test at their third annual Princess Tea.

Held Jan. 27 from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event features six Disney princesses, appearing live: Snow White; Rapunzel; Ariel; Anna; Elsa; and Belle, of course, from Beauty and the Beast.

In addition to those guests of honor, the special tea will feature two magic-themed menus — one for adults and one for children.

The adult menu offers “Ariel’s seaweed salad” made with spinach, feta and almonds; “Remy’s tomato bisque” and “Castle quiche.”

Kid-friendly eats include “Rafiki’s Fruit Blessings” (a fresh fruit medley), “Bruce’s Goldfish Friends” (Goldfish cheese crackers), “Olaf’s Nose (carrot sticks, of course), “Ratatouille’s cheese squares” and “Alice’s turkey and cheese tea sandwiches.” The children’s menu also features “Fairy Fizz,” or pink lemonade, in addition to the range of teas available to all tea-takers.

All tea-takers may also partake in Mountain Oaks’ “Royal Tea Tray Tiers,” boasting a trio of sweet treats: “Frozen” Jell-O Jigglers, “Aurora’s cupcakes” and “Lumiere’s Gray Stuff.” (You know — as in “Soup du jour, hot hors d’oeuvres; why we only live to serve! Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!”

Or, you might ask attendees from years past. Mountains Oaks’ Princess Teas always book up, said owner Sonya Guffey. Reservations are required, but the event is not to be missed. As Lumiere once sang, “Don’t believe me, ask the dishes!”

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