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Mark your calendar for the St. Christopher's Tasting Tea

Special to the Courier

Nothing says “Christmas is here” more than the convivial spirit of the annual Tasting Tea, brought to the community by the Episcopal Church Women of St. Christopher’s. From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Friday, Dec. 8, the place to be will be St. Christopher’s Parish Hall on Highway 173 North. For a delectable entrée to the holidays, don’t miss this mouth-watering event. Tickets are $10 per person and church members prepare one or more food items. Recipes are collected and bound in a cookbook for purchase. Several local restaurants also participate by contributing items. No one should miss this exquisite occasion.

The holiday season is approaching and nothing provides more Christmas spirit than the annual Tasting Tea, brought to the community by the women of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Friday, Dec. 8. Held in the church's parish hall at 403 Hwy 173 North, in Bandera, the beautifully decorated setting serves as a backdrop for a feast of delicious homemade edibles, luxurious desserts and refreshing beverages. It's the perfect occasion for meeting friends and getting into the Christmas spirit.
The tasting table will also feature chef-prepared specialties from several local establishments including Bandera Meat Market, Brick’s River Cafe, Country Sweets Bakery, Samantha’s of Bandera, Sid’s Main Street, BBQ, Sue’s Tacos, and TJ’s at the Old Forge.
Those who miss this annual treat should not be surprised to find coal and switches in their stockings on Christmas morn. The sights, sounds and smells wafting from the church that afternoon will put even the Grinch in the holiday spirit - without having to engage in all that tiresome time traveling.
This wonderful Christmas extravaganza has been a Bandera tradition since 1986 when Kiddo Wright brought the idea from Laredo, where the Tasting Tea was held in the spring.
The lavish buffet changes each year and the recipes featured at the feast can be found in a cookbook produced annually by the contributors for a $10 purchase fee. Those who fail to fill their Christmas plates on Friday, Dec. 8, can reproduce the efforts in their own kitchens. However, it would be much easier just to sit back and enjoy the culinary concoctions that came courtesy of the Episcopal ladies. Several local restaurants also participate by contributing items.
Donation tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit charities and projects in the City of Bandera and Bandera County, as well as parish activities.. St. Christopher's is located at 395 Highway 173 North in Bandera. Call the church at 830-796-4387 for more information about the tea.