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Supporting Women Around the World

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As a female-owned company, we’re happy to see groups like the TELUS Women’s Network, which supports the professional development of women at the global telecommunications company TELUS.

Recently the Vancouver chapter of the TELUS Women’s Network held a fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Vancouver, part of a global charity dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls locally and internationally.

The Secret Garden donated a gift basket for their fundraiser, which in total raised $800 for Soroptimist International! Below is a photo of the event planning committee enjoying High Tea at The Secret Garden:

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Tea TV?

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TEA TVIt doesn’t take much to convince us to have tea, but when we see people on TV or in a movie enjoying tea, we can’t help but wish we were sipping our own cup of Creamy Earl Grey!

Do you have a favourite TV show or movie in which the characters enjoy tea? If so, tell us on Facebook by 3/15 for a chance to win a free pot of tea and a scone!

You’ll get an extra entry into the drawing if you describe the scene. We look forward to hearing your recommendations–mostly so we can find some new favourite movies and shows to enjoy!

Free Breakfast Mini Scone is Back!

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Did you know we have a full breakfast menu?

Breakfast at the Garden is the best way to start your day. We’ll brew you pot of strong tea like Buckingham Palace, and even serve coffee for those who need a stronger caffeine-kick in the morning!

And along with tea, why not try a freshly-baked cheese scone filled with crisp bacon and scrambled eggs, or Gammy’s apple pancakes, or a French toast croissant?

Now through the end of February, we’re bringing back our popular special: get a free mini scone with jam with any breakfast order of $7 or more! Just mention the Winter Breakfast Special.

Breakfast hours are:

  • Monday-Friday: 8am-11am
  • Saturday: 8am-11pm
  • Sunday: 9am-11pm

We hope to see you soon!

The Lady Behind Our Edible Masterpieces

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Secret Garden is known for our delicious mini masterpieces, from dainty lemon tarts to mouth-watering sandwiches. Now we’d like to introduce you to the woman behind them all: Lysanne our head pastry chef!

Lysanne has been has been crafting pastries for 23 years, and has been at Secret Garden for 10. She learned her art in Montreal and began her career at the Patisserie de Gascogne. She then moved to Victoria, where she served as a pastry chef at the Oak Bay Marina, before moving to Vancouver and serving at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Eventually she found her way to Secret Garden, where she now heads up a kitchen team of 12 and provide the inspiration all of our treats!

In addition to managing details for our rotating treats and permanent menu, she also updates our High Tea Menu every two months with brand new sandwiches and sweets. For each High Tea Menu we produce, Lysanne spends hours of testing and research. She is constantly innovating new flavour combinations, using seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Lysanne enjoys the entire process: from imagining to tasting the final creation. “I love taking things so uninteresting to start with (flour, sugar etc.), and then this magic happens!” The ultimate reward though, is seeing guests enjoy themselves. “It’s fun to see everyone who comes here having a good time with friends and family. That’s what makes it special.”

Tea Stories: Four Generations Together

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Family friendly High Tea for Mother's Day at The Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

This week’s tea story comes from Calley R., who celebrates Mother’s Day at The Secret Garden every year:

“Our tradition is to have a 4 generations Mother’s Day tea since my daughter was born. She is five now. It is her, me, my mother and my grandmother. Such an amazing tradition we look forward to every year!

“Thank you [Secret Garden] for being there for all our family’s special moments. Birthday parties, baby showers, Mother’s Day, retirement parties. We love Secret Garden!”

Do you have a special tea memory or tradition you’d like to share? Send us a note!

Order Treats by the Dozen for Parties!

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Vancouver party catering by The Secret Garden in Vancouver, BC - Great for tea parties, birthdays, business events and other celebrations

Now it’s even easier to bring Secret Garden’s sweets and savouries to parties and special events. Browse our Treats To Go online, place your order, and set up a time and day to pick up your treats.

We’ll have everything ready to go so you can simply swing by the shop to pick them up the day of your party! You can also purchase High Teas To Go and rent teaware through our website:

 

Tea Stories: A Birthday Tradition

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Kid-friendly teashops in Vancouver, BC - The Secret Garden Tea Company has a special Children's High Tea! This week’s tea story comes from Sydney, one of our younger customers who has a special birthday tradition!

“I have been going to the Secret Garden since I was three years old for high-tea with my Mum. My mum created the tradition for me and it is our own very special mother and daughter activity every year on my birthday.

“I love going to the Secret Garden because its nice and quiet and because everything is so fresh and very high quality. My favourite tea is Blue Angel. I normally have it a few times a week. Me and mum are so happy that we have an amazing place for high tea.”

Do you have a special tea memory or tradition you’d like to share? Send us a note!

 

 

 

Gluten Free High Tea and other Menu Items

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Gluten free cookies, pastries and gluten free High Tea at The Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Gluten intolerant? No problem! Just ask your server, and we can adjust many menu items to accommodate you.

We even serve a special Gluten Free High Tea, complete with savouries and freshly baked pastries.

From lemon tarts made with meringue shells, to chocolate bon-bons and scrumptious cookies, you’ll find all sorts of gluten free treats to enjoy too! (Please note that our gluten free items are not prepared in a gluten-free environment.)

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