Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Becoming a Tea Room - Permitting

Remember, if you want to become a tea room, you cannot simply start serving tea.  After hiring the architect (see earlier post) you will then have to begin the permitting phase.  You will need to complete the forms to become a food establishment, even if you are serving just a small group of people.  Don't be overwhelmed:  take it step by step and stay in touch with your Board of Health and your Building Inspector.  Before you know it, you will be getting ready for the big meetings!  You will also have to become a Common Victualler which will require a permit.  So gather your forms, make a nice cup of tea, and enjoy the process!  More soon!  :)  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Join Fancy That at POSH Upscale Vintage Boutique Bridal Event 1.26.13

Photo from POSH Upscale Vintage Boutique's Facebook Bridal Event Page

We are always delighted to be a part of a local bridal show!  POSH Upscale Vintage Boutique invited Fancy That to be a part of the Bridal Event being hosted at POSH Upscale Vintage Boutique in Norwood, MA from 10am - 4pm on Saturday, January 26, 2013. You can get directions and address by clicking the link above or the link below.  Stop by and see our table, and browse the other wonderful vendors that that will on site.  Be sure to say "HI" when you stop by!  :)

Shall we see you at POSH's Bridal Event?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Becoming a Tea Room - Common Victualler's License

In getting licensed to open as a Tea House or Tea Shop, we have found out two important things: 1 – It is always easier to find a commercial property in a proper zone than it is to find a nice property and try to get a variance and 2 – you will need to get licenses. If you are serving tea, you will become a Common Victualler (pronounced VIT-ler). The only way to become a Common Victualler in the USA is to get permitted through a license. Let’s look at the process right now:

A Victualler is traditionally a person who sells foods or other provisions, serves food or other provisions, similar to a grocer, and in particular, British usage can be used to mean a person licensed to sell alcoholic beverages (of course, that is another license in the USA).  Here’s a summary (very generic) of how to get open, properly with licenses in hand….

Step 1 - get the architectural drawing of how the kitchen or food prepare SHALL BE (there is usually a certification affidavit that you will sign with the Common Victualler application that says you will do the work as drawn – you will provide that affidavit with the drawing.)

Step 2 - take drawing to Board of Health and Building Inspector (be prepared to leave a copy with them for review) for their approval - providing initial spaces or signing spaces would be perfect. If they choose to sign elsewhere that will be up to them).

Step 3 - Complete application for Common Victualler and submit along with the fee to BOS (Board of Selectmen), Town Aldermen, or designated board. They will notify when a public hearing will be accomplished.

Step 3 A - for the application: letter and/or lease from owner; affidavit of workman's comp; affidavit of tax payments made to department of revenue; bank reference.

Step 4 - Appear before the Board of Selectmen Public Hearing with a copy of package for each selectman and answer any questions. Getting supporters to join at this meeting would help! :)

Get Victualler's License and start construction. Upon Final Board Of Health inspection and their permit issued, OPEN!

More very soon!  :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Boil your Rooibos! Boil your red tea!

Red Tea.  Or not a tea at all?
Tisane? Or not herbal?

Rooibos (pronounced Roy-boss) has been enjoyed for centuries by indigenous peoples of South Africa. Rooibos is a broom-like plant of the legume family growing in South Africa. The generic name comes from the plant Calicotome villosa, aspalathos in Greek (scientific name is Aspalathus linearis). This plant has very similar growth and flowers to the redbush.

Rooibos teas can be herbal infusions made from a South African red bush and other ingredients like ginger, blueberry, mint, chocolate, chai, and on and on. Rooibos by itself is sometimes called "red tea." There are also green Rooibos teas that are just as delicious as the popular red teas but much harder to find on the regular market.

Now for the part that will set your sensibilities alight – boil the rooibos! Yes, boil! If you have had rooibos in the past and you “just couldn’t get over the taste” then you obviously made it like tea (you know, that Camellia Sinensis leaf). If you boil tea, it turns bitter. We all know that. But rooibos is not tea.

Try this. Take rooibos and brew it like tea. Steep it for about 3 to 4 minutes. At the same time, take some of the rooibos and add it to boiling water and boil hard for about 2 minutes. Strain.

Taste both. You may find you like the boiled rooibos much MUCH better.

Now grab a good book, turn your mobile device off for an hour and enjoy your boiled rooibos!