Cordelia's TEA PARTY at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant
Memorial Day weekend theFUNnelCakeBlog along with Miss Doolittle and Mama enjoyed Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant's new offering... Cordelia's Tea Party... offered (as of 5/30/21) Monday thru Fridays from 11am-2pm (until the end of the summer). Priced at $17 per person based on a party of two, you will get to choose from a selection of teas, scones, biscuits, and finger sandwiches. We had a blast! Enjoy the video to see what it was like. Details below. Reservations are required and can be booked over the phone (714-220-5055 or 714-220-5319) or on Open Table. ***Note during the reservation that you are interested in the tea party when booking.***
The menu from Knott’s provided this bit of history…
It’s the berries that started it all when Walter and Cordelia Knott planted their first 20 acres of rented land in Buena Park back in 1920. An extremely cold winter froze most of their first crop, but the Knotts were not discouraged. Their confidence and hard work were rewarded as future crops thrived.
With the last of their savings, the Knotts built the Farm’s first permanent business building in 1928. The 80-foot structure housed a 40- foot Berry Market, a 20-foot Nursery where berry plants were sold, and a 20-foot Tea Room – where Cordelia served fresh berry pie, hot biscuits and berry jam. The depression years were difficult ones. Walter attempted to introduce new varieties of berries from all over the world to bolster the family income. In 1932 he heard of an Orange County grower named Rudolph Boysen who had reportedly crossed a loganberry, a blackberry and a red raspberry, producing a spectacular new fruit. He located Boysen in nearby Anaheim only to learn the plants had been left in an orange orchard Boysen had sold. Luckily, a few scraggly plants still survived, and Walter asked permission to cultivate them. After three years of careful tending, the large, tasty Boysenberries, as they were named after Boysen, were ready to be offered to the public. Today, the Boysenberry is grown in many parts of the nation and in many foreign countries and all can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm.
Meanwhile, the family was kept busy in the little five table Tea Room. Although Cordelia had repeatedly warned Walter that “we’re not going into the restaurant business,” one day in 1934 she casually announced that she was going to “try some chicken dinners.” The first eight dinners served on her wedding china on a summery Wednesday afternoon were an instant success. The demand became so great that in 1937 a restaurant seating 300 was built. By 1940 the Knotts were serving 400,000 dinners a year – and as many 1,200 on Sunday. 1940 also marked the beginning of Ghost Town.
Cordelia’s Tea Party
Party of two 17 per person
Choose one from the list below
Decaf Lotus Blossom
Sweet Orange Wild
Mrs. Knott’s Biscuits
Glazed Lemon Scones
Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
Cucumber Avocado Tea Sandwiches
Prosciutto, Apple, and Brie Tea Sandwiches
Apricot Shortbread Bars
Raspberry Shortbread Bars
Honey Lavender Madeleines
OpenTable or 714-220-5055 or 714-220-5319. Note that you are interested in the tea party when booking. Currently available Monday-Friday from 11am-2pm.
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