It’s story time tea in the Grille at Morrison House (116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, 703/838-8000). At the tea, “Mrs. B” -- her real name is Rebecca Czarniecki -- teaches children everyday etiquette and manners by incorporating lessons in the tea time.
Tea takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on seasonal Saturdays. The Halloween Tea will take place on October 26. The dress-up will be a costume of the child’s own choosing and the activity will be a treasure hunt.
Thanksgiving tea will take place on November 23 with the dress-up consisting of feathers of all sorts. The activity will be to create necklaces and stationery with folded leaves.
The final tea of the fall season takes place on December 21 to celebrate Christmas and Chanukah. Holiday attire is the dress-up and the activity will be to design a table centerpiece with evergreen shrub cuttings and candles. All activity materials will b e provided.
Cost is $25 per child and $35 for adults. The menu for the little ones includes a pot of hot chocolate, sandwiches of ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and egg salad. In addition, there will be scones with cream and jam and sweets. For the adults, tea includes scones with cream, Waldorf chicken salad and smoked salmon sandwiches, biscuits with turkey, and a try of petits fours.
The Grille serves tea for children and adults every Saturday from 2 to 4 aside from the special story time teas.
If you like cheese, then this is for you: On Saturday, October 20 at 3:30 p.m., Restaurant Eve’s epicurium emporium, Society Fair (277 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, 703/706-0450) is hosting the third of its “Curd in the Word” cheese classes entitled “how to bring autumn into your cheese palates.” Should be fun.
Restaurant Eve (110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria, 703/706-0450) together with Paolo Bianchini of Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona vineyards of Montalcino, Tuscany, is hosting an Italian wine dinner on October 17 at 7 p.m. Chef Cathal Armstrong will prepare a special five course dinner highlighting the Tuscan wines of Mr. Bianchini’s vineyard. Cost of the dinner is $200 per person.