The St. James Gazette & Market Scoop ~ #67

“Music of the Night: Tribute to the Phantom of the Opera”

A whispering melody resonates from somewhere deep within the walls of The St. James Tearoom. Rumors of a ghost echo on the lips of employees. From October 1st – 27th, “Music of the Night: Tribute to the Phantom of the Opera” will raise the curtain on this mysterious tale of music and romance.

Gaston Leroux’s novel “The Phantom of the Opera” was first published in France in 1910. This tale was conceived after Leroux heard rumors of a ghost at the Palais Garnier Paris Opera House. At the time, Leroux was an accomplished author, The Phantom of the Opera marking his seventh publication in the mystery genre.

The Phantom of the Opera has entertained audiences as it moved from written word to movies then onto the stage with a theatrical production in the 1980s. Since that time it has earned more than fifty awards and is one of the highest grossing shows of all time.

We encourage you to accept your invitation to be a part of this continuing story and join us for “Music of the Night: Tribute to the Phantom of the Opera!”

Candlelit Teatime

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” -William Shakespeare
The flickering light of a single candle is as mysterious as it is comforting. It can illuminate the darkness, removing the fear from what lies in the unseen. It can offer warmth, lift up a prayer, or serve as a sign of welcome to someone’s home.

As we enter into Gaston Leroux’s tale of The Phantom of the Opera, we would like to welcome our guests joining us the first week of this theme with a candlelit teatime. There is no need to make a special request for this complimentary offer; simply make your reservations between October 1st – 6th and you’ll be welcomed to your seating area by the warm flicker of candlelight alongside your first pot of tea.

Featured Drink: The French Earl Cocktail

A unique take on The French 75, this menu’s featured drink blends our very own Earl à la Crème black tea with a wine-based gin, vermouth, orange juice, and sparkling champagne for an elegant beverage fit for any night out at the opera. A non-alcoholic option is also available for guests who would prefer to keep the spirits of their experience allocated to the opera ghost.

If you would like to indulge in this limited-time experience simply let your Reservationist or Server know!

Featured Products for July

Exclusive Tea: Sweet Autumn Crisp Black

just in time for fall, October’s Market Exclusive tea is the perfect companion to a brisk autumn morning enjoying the leaves as they change color. Sweet Autumn Crisp Black marries the flavors of toasty pineapple and tart cherries in a warming brew of black tea.

So pull out your favorite flannel blanket and cozy up in the brisk morning air sipping a cup of Sweet Autumn Crisp Black for the quintessential way to welcome the changing seasons.

Tips from a Tea Master: Denise

A lot goes into the perfect cup of tea. Today’s tip on how to brew the ideal cup comes from Denise, one of The St. James Tearoom servers who you’ve likely seen with a smiling face assisting our guests during their teatime experience:
“My favorite green tea is Mother of Pearl! The little white sugar pearls give it just the right amount of sweetness.

Green Tea is packed with antioxidants like catechins and polyphenols. These compounds help to protect our cells. Here are a few reasons to consider drinking green tea the next time you’re considering a cup:
1. Improves our brain function with just one cup a day
2. Helps to lower blood sugar levels
3. Can help lower bad cholesterol
4. Helps oral health; Catechins and polyphenols aid in fighting gum disease and tooth decay
5. Having several cups a day can help reduce body fat
6. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is one component in green tea that helps to make hair grow; washing your hair with green tea can also help to alleviate dry scalps
7. Fights signs of aging
8. Lowers blood pressure
9. Helps promote good bone health
10. Helps fight cancer
11. Drinking 5 or more cups a day can extend the length of your life, according to a Japanese study with over 40,000 subjects that showed people who drank 5 or more cups of green tea a day were less likely to die within the 11 year test period!”