A Birthday Tea

We tried something a little new two weeks ago: a birthday ice cream tasting, at our kitchen. The day was so lovely, we set up tables and chairs outside, under the ficus tree, and our small-but-perfectly-formed party of eight enjoyed a nine-flavour tasting of the birthday girl’s favourite flavours, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits.

We’ve got quite a lot of ideas about how we want to use the Creamery HQ for not-quite-ice-cream-centric functions and events in the coming months, such as supper clubs and cook-offs. So this was quite a nice test to see whether our patio, which is tree-shaded and has a magnificent view of the mountain, but is also at the corner of two busy roads and a business park, is a nice place to entertain visitors. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, our kitchen staff kindly assisted with the serving, and we even sold a nice number of pints to our guests for taking home at the end of the morning.

I’m trying to decide whether we need to invest in coffee-making apparatus (Progress actually has trained as a coffee maker, which is good, because I’m pretty useless), and if we should start buying vintage teacups and napkins at Milnerton Market (the source of our extensive collection of teaspoons and side plates).

Chatting with Progress and Harmony about all of this after our birthday tea, they felt very strongly we should do an in-house supper club using their skills as prep and line cooks, and Marianne’s baking know-how, rather than bringing in guest chefs on a monthly basis to cook for guests. I’m very tempted by the idea, even if I think it would be good to have a couple less ambitious private tasting workshops under our belt, first.


Kate is a company director. She spends her time on mentoring our leadership team, product development, new systems, finance, and business strategy. Her favourite ice cream flavours include raspberry choc chip, cookie dough, nectarine, jasmine blossom, toasted almond and berry cheesecake.

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  1. Liz

    I’m totally ok with coming to an unambitious private tasting.

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