This past Sunday myself and a friend attended the 3rd annual Mad Hatter Tea and Brunch at the the beautiful Rabbit Room restaurant located in the Lower Mill in the historic village of Honeoye Falls. Tamara Stopinski of Talulah’s Fancy is the creative brainchild behind this unique event.
This being my first time attending I wasn’t sure what to expect when the invitation encouraged coming in costume. I’m not a costume, dress-up kinda girl (seriously, Halloween has always been one of my least favorite holidays for that very reason…weird, I know!) But, let me tell you how cool it was seeing women dressed in hand-crafted hats and outfits straight out of Alice in Wonderland garb. The imagination that went into some of these costumes was spectacular.
Once I took a break from people watching I turned my attention to the menu. The Rabbit Room is known for their amazing food using local ingredients and vendors. Their impeccable attention to detail is refreshing. After feasting on our champagne, lunch and delectable desserts we headed upstairs to an open house of local artisans including Talulah’s Fancy shop and studio where she creates her beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. What a treat to see all of this local talent!
I tried to capture the day with some pictures taken with my phone. I was so bummed that I left my camera home, so these pictures don’t do the event justice, but you get the idea.
The Rabbit Room at the historic Lower Mill in Honeoye Falls.
The menu was great…everything sounded so good!
I had the Monte Crisco with fresh fruit and roasted potatoes while my friend had the Parisian gnocchi.
Both were to die for!
I had to hold myself back on wanting one of everything…truffles, chocolate cake, mini eclairs..and there was more that you don’t see!
There were so many people who were dressed up in such cool costumes, but honestly I felt a little funny taking pictures of them. When the table next to me asked to take a picture of this girl I piggy backed on the opportunity. Again, this picture does not do her justice. Her costume was really clever with lights and all!
Amy E. Colburn was one of the local artists who really captured my attention. I fell in love with her vintage inspired letter plaques. How cute would it be to spell out your childs name or special word? She’s incredibly talented and offers a variety of artwork. Be sure to check her blog, and Etsy shop for one-of-a-kind work.
Tamara Stopinski of Tululah’s Fancy next to her gorgeous hand-crafted jewelry. She also up-cycles vintage fabrics to creates one-of-a-kind dresses, and jackets. She has definitely found her passion! Be sure to check her blog for upcoming events as well as visit her at the Lower Mill .
It was such a fun afternoon filled with great food, people-watching, live music and very talented local artists.
Next year I’ll be back…this time in costume!