VIANNE’S TEA HOUSE
544 Girod Street • Mandeville, LA 70448
985-624-LOVE (5683) • viannes.com
When Kerri Blache went out for a Sunday afternoon drive more than 13 years ago, she discovered a charming cottage for sale in Old Mandeville. Although the retail location needed a little tender loving care, it captured the imagination of Kerri and her husband, Michael, and sparked a vision of the international tea house they would have there. After more than a year of renovation, the Blaches opened Vianne’s Tea House in December 2003, and they haven’t looked back.
The tea house, named for Kerri’s mother, Vianne Ruffino Jones, has a bit of a split personality. Traditional tea with all the trimmings is still available by reservation. But in response to customer demand, the couple now offers quicker counter service for patrons who have limited time for lunch. Busy patrons choose a table in one of the cottage’s four rooms, peruse the menu, and when they’ve made their choices, place their orders for tea and scones, salads, and sandwiches at the counter. Tea is brought to the table, ready to be brewed in T-sacs, along with a teapot of hot water at the correct temperature and a laminated card with brewing instructions. Brewing one’s own tea adds to Vianne’s ambiance, and the tea house has become a popular neighborhood hangout.
On the second Saturday in December (December 9 this year), Vianne’s Tea House hosts its annual Dickens Tea, a 12-year tradition. It’s held during Mandeville’s Christmas Past Festival, which encompasses four blocks of historic Girod Street.
Vianne’s Tea House is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is handicap accessible.
Editor’s note: Vianne’s Tea House is closed. The shop was open at the time of this article’s original publish date in 2015. However, their selection of V’s Teas is available online.