If delicious aromas are wafting down Westfield Avenue, they might be coming from .
The tea room, recently named one of Open Table's Top 10 Places for Brunch, is cooking up some tasty-sounding classes for everyone from novice bakers to curious would-be winemakers this fall.
The first class, Cakes and Cupcakes, part lecture, part demo, part hands-on, will be hosted by Summit-based chef Olivia Saez on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Billed as a beginners back-to-school baking course, the evening will provide attendees with simple techniques and recipes to create the perfect batch of little cakes, decorated, stuffed and packaged, for the whole family to enjoy this school year.
Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, a second class will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
The following classes offer participants a chance to sample new recipes as well as treats to enjoy later at home:
Cakes and Cupcakes: Baking 101 ($35/person)
7 – 9 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 6 (sold out) and Sept. 13
Tea Tasting: White, Green, Oolong, Black, and Pu'erh ($30/person)
7:30 - 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 19
Taught by Ana Beall's owner Nancy Baker, the class offers attendees a chance to sample five teas and dessert. Enjoy a personal pot of tea from Ana Beall's collection of more than 50 flavorful infusions along with an array of sweet treats from pastry chef, Saez, make new tea-loving friends from your community, and leave with: •an ounce of tea of your choice from our collection (oolong, black, or green) •a tea infuser •tea samples from a local tea importer •and of course, a scone to enjoy later.
Pumpkins & Ghoulish Treats ($35/person) Taught by Saez, this class focuses on Halloween Treat Decorating for Kids and Parents.
7 - 9 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 4
Winemaking for Couples ($225/couple; $200/individual) Attendees leave with a a winemaking kit to take home)
7 – 9:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 19
An evening exploring Indian spices, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11, is in the works. Check back with Ana Beall's for additional details.
To register for classes, visit www.anabeallstearoom.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-264-4221.