To commemorate Chinese New Year, Susanna Foo and her son Gabe are creating two traditional and significant events – afternoon tea and a reunion dinner that marry her French influenced techniques with traditional Chinese preparations.
On her most recent R&D trip to China last month, the award-winning cookbook author and highly acclaimed chef met with a number of tea brokers who shared a variety of green, oolong and black teas which she has brought stateside.
On February 13th and 20th, from 2:00-4:00 pm SUGA will be hosting an ‘afternoon dim sum tea,’ pairing China’s little treasures from the heart and the special ‘teas’ for $35. Menu is as follows:
Longjing – green tea from the Zheijang Province of China
Lobster Spring Roll with Apricot Mustard and Persimmon Chutney
Dong Ding – oolong tea from the Nantou County of Taiwan
Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings with Truffled Nage
Bi Luo Chen – green tea from Taihu Lake in Wuxian, Jiangsu
Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Brussels Sprouts
Wild Chrysanthemum Bud Tea – flowering chrysanthemum tea from the Huanghan, Yunan, China
Keemun – black tea from the Qumen County, Anhui Province in China
Chocolate Orange Crème Mousse, Chocolate Macaron
Then on Friday, February 16th, starting from 5 pm through closing, SUGA will be offering a classic Chinese banquet including the symbolic seven lucky foods such as lobster and vegetable spring rolls (wealth), a variety of dumplings traditionally eaten in Northern China where Susanna hails (wealth) and good fortune citrus fruits.
To make this special occasion even more so, a personally autographed book ‘Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine’ will be given and a portion of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless and at-risk animals (many of which are dogs) and provider of low-cost, basic veterinary care for pet owners and rescue organizations.