Another day, another school function.
It’s like a blur. ‘Where am I off to this time’, I wonder all confused. Last Wednesday I survived the Year 2 lawn bowls evening and four sleeps later I was at a mother and daughter high tea for the mothers of girls in Year 12 at Arabella’s school.
I always find it difficult knowing what to wear to these school functions and hope I choose something that helps me to blend in. This was another ‘no stilettos’ occasion as we were told to bring our picnic rugs. The weather was actually good and lovely and warm so perfect for a high tea picnic.
We arrived at Coco Chocolate in Chowder Bay wearing our flat-soled shoes and carrying our picnic rug. Chowder Bay is a former military site and the old cottages that once housed the army families have been renovated and restored and turned into shops, restaurants and businesses.
A high tea costs $40.00 per person and comes with tea or coffee but you can pay more and enjoy your high tea with a glass of Moet and pay even more for a glass of Veuve. Arabella and I don’t drink tea (and the champagne was hidden) so I asked if they were serving anything else or if it would be possible to buy anything else but they unfortunately didn’t have anything to offer us so Arabella and I had tap water.
The high tea was beautifully presented and the food attractive, inspiring and appealing. I loved the chocolate strawberries, the organic white chocolates and the tiny cakes. I would have indulged in more but within a few hours I also had to be at a dinner function so didn’t load up my plate as much as I would have liked.
The venue also holds cooking classes. The Sydney Chocolate School runs a full day (six hour) course for $290 and teaches you how to temper chocolate on marble, make organic chocolate bars, make moulded chocolates, make fruit filled broken chocolate, create decadent rose creams with pure 100% organic rose oil and make hand tempered and hand flaked organic hot chocolate. A half-day course is also available and courses for children run during the school holidays.
Arabella and I had a lovely afternoon. It was wonderful to spend time with her and her friends’ mothers.
The only downside to this wonderful afternoon was the parking. Extortion is the best way to describe it. Open air spaces out in the boiling sun so tightly packed together you can’t open your car door once you’ve managed to manoeuvre into the spot and then you’re charged $8.00 for two hours. How do they justify it.
But Arabella and I put the ridiculous parking situation behind us and had a great afternoon at the high tea with wonderful company at an amazing venue and an awesome view.
Coco Chocolate and the Sydney Chocolate School is at 21/1110 Middle Head Road, Mosman.
Ph: (02) 9960 5848
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