Tea Treasures of Portland

Tea Treasures of Portland
Photograph courtesy of Dina Avila.

Pix Pâtisserie
2225 E. Burnside St. • 971-271-7166  

French-trained pastry chef Cheryl Wakerhauser combines her love of pâtisserie and Spanish tapas on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for a truly unique teatime. “I started doing tea services about eight years ago when I realized there was only one other place in the city holding an afternoon tea,” she says. “So I thought, why not offer tea at Pix but with our own twist?” For $38 by reservation, each guest is presented with a tray of 14 one- or two-bite savory morsels and decadent sweet treats. Guests might choose to start with bacon-wrapped dates, soft-boiled quail eggs in prosciutto, and mushroom vol-au-vents, among other salty offerings before indulging in petite desserts like macarons, opera cake, éclairs, and bonbons. “We decided to focus on our delicious miniature pâtisserie and tapas and to skip the more common items such as scones and clotted cream,” explains Cheryl, who prefers to focus on detail, color, and bold flavors when creating her unique menu. Believing that the beverage is also important, she offers patrons a choice of five loose-leaf selections by Townshend’s Teas—Japanese Sencha, Crème de la Earl Grey, Yunnan Hong Cha, peppermint, and chamomile—and provides small bowls for holding the used infuser bags once the recommended steeping times are reached. Sparkling wines and Champagnes are also available à la carte, as would only be fitting for an establishment that operates as Bar Vivant seven nights per week, where Cheryl’s culinary creations and her book, Modern French Pastry, are for sale, too.