Tammy Morgan worked the assembly line at Chrysler since high school. She loved her job but when Chrysler closed, Tammy was forced to find another career. A new career that brought her from the assembly line into the kitchen of her own restaurant, Sisters Tea House & Evening Wine Garden.
“My job at Chrysler was placing plastic over car doors to kept them clean as they moved down the production line,” said Morgan. “I guess you can say I’m still working with plastic wrap. Instead of placing the wrap on cars I’m wrapping food.”
Making the leap from the auto line to the kitchen wasn’t hard for Morgan since she always enjoyed cooking and dreamed of one day owning her own restaurant. The dream became a reality when she discovered the Two Sisters Tea House was for sale.
“I was a customer here and when the owners told me they were retiring and the selling the business I knew I found the opportunity I was looking for,” said Morgan, who purchased the business with husband Jodi in 2008.
The Morgans added several new elements to the building -- an expanded wine and gift shop and an evening wine garden. On the food service side, catering was added along with the incorporation of family recipes into the menu.
"For the most part the menu hasn’t changed much but I have added a few things and use a lot of my grandma’s recipes,” said Morgan, who credits her grandmother for her baking skills. “My grandma taught me how to bake from scratch. It was great. I would go to her house and we would make desserts like apple pie made from apples that we picked that day. Grandma is an old-school cook.”
Among the menu features are a classic tearoom staples of chicken salad and quiche, along with Morgans homemade soups and a daily selection of homemade desserts such as Grandma’s Peach Cobbler.
To fill your glass or cup there's wine, soda, coffee and of course, tea. After all, this is a teahouse where tea is available by the pot or the glass with a variety of choices, from black, green and herb to delicate, exotic blooming teas, the current rage among tea lovers. Blooming tea resembles a small garden bulb. When dropped into a pot of hot water and steeped for a few minutes the bulb pops open to form a flower, creating a delicately flavored tea.
Blooming teas are offered at lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or during “high tea," which is by reservation only on the first Saturday of the month when some ladies come to lunch and take tea wearing hats.
“You don’t have to wear a hat but if you want to and don’t have a hat you can borrow one of ours. Just pick one from our hat tree at the front door," Morgan said. "It's something we to just for fun.”
Sisters Tea House & Evening Wine Garden is housed in Fenton’s Historic Navajo Hotel. It is open year round. The wine garden set to re-open in spring. To learn more about Sisters Tea House’s services, upcoming events, wine dinners and the history of the Navajo Hotel click on www.sistersteahouse.com
Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea
- Warm the teapot with hot water; let stand for a few minutes.
- Empty out warming hot water.
- Place in the bottom of the teapot a teaspoonful of loose tea leaves for each cup of tea to be brewed, including an extra spoonful, which the Brits call “one for the pot."
- Let steep for 3-5 minutes.