Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Tudor House Open House Featuring The Blog Tech's Sister

This past Thursday, my sister held a fundraiser at her work, Tudor Place in Washington, DC. My mother is always the secret weapon in situations like this, and so I drove down to DC on Thursday morning with my girlfriend and a car full of food.

What is Tudor Place, you ask? My eyes tell me it's an old house with over 5 acres of garden. The sign by the entrance says that it was built by a granddaughter of Martha Washington in the early 19th century. Beyond that, I don't know. I wasn't there for learning!

This is a photo of the food table. You can see several cups of gazpacho, ham sliders, pasta salad, and vegetables with dip. I made sure to eat a lot before I began this road trip, because this stuff is good, and I could have showed up with a bunch of empty tupperwares if I had tried to make the drive on an empty stomach.
This is my sister making bellinis.

This is a view of a very fancy staircase.

Here is a picture of the menu. My mother made this food. Looking at this photo now, I very much wish I had a time machine so I could go back and eat more of this stuff right now. Side note: I am probably going to Dunkin Donuts, though, and while it's nowhere near as good, it's definitely good enough to deserve a mention.

Here is a dramatic photo of candy and the bellinis. If you look closely, you will see that one of the dishes is full of watermelon sour patch kids, a personal favorite of mine. Click to enlarge any of the photos.
Messy kitchen!

The exterior of Tudor Place.

This is the back of Tudor Place.
This is a little pool and statue that I spent a long time trying to find.
I can't really explain this one. There was a structure made up of logs, as you can see, and there were a couple of chairs in there. My girlfriend tells me it's a trellis. She is probably correct. All I know is that it created a great photo opportunity.
The front of Tudor Place.

Another shot of the front of Tudor Place.

This final photo is extra special, because shortly after taking it, I got yelled at for taking photos within Tudor Place. I tried to explain that I was supposed to photograph the event, but she wasn't having any of it. And so, may I present to you, a Forbidden Photo!

My sister did a very lovely job of setting this up, and they raised lots of money. I got to go on vacation, and explore 5 acres of garden. And we all got to eat lots of my mother's food! I know when I get home that robin is gonna kill me, though.