One fall day in the late nineties, my friend Susan and I had tickets to attend a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show so off we flew to Chicago. The celebrity that day was some supermodel I've long since forgotten, but I've never forgotten the good time we had and all the fun dining and shopping we enjoyed. One of the stores we visited -- and thank goodness, for now it's closed -- was the legendary Marshall Field's. Although we didn't eat there that day, I still have fond memories of the store and the trip. So I was especially delighted when my antiquing turned up an interesting bit of department store tea room memorabilia recently, this demitasse cup and saucer set.
I absolutely *love* knowing this set came from the famous Marshall Field Tea Room!
The design definitely looks like something that would have been used in such a tea room, perhaps in the twenties or thirties.
Marshall Field had several restaurants including the Walnut Room, the Wedgwood Room, the Narcissus Room and the English Rooms. This vintage postcard shows a portion of the Narcissus Room. Wouldn't you just love to have enjoyed a meal there? Perhaps some of you did! If so, I'd love to hear about it!
Recently I got a copy of "The Marshall Field's Cookbook" by the Field's Culinary Council, and I enjoyed reading about some of the more famous dishes from the store's restaurants. I immediately knew what I wanted to make, this Chicken Pot Pie that was a favorite for Marshall Field's shoppers. The story goes that a Mrs. Hering, a clerk at the store, shared her chicken pot pie with a tired shopper and the idea for a department store tea room was born. (It's hard to imagine such an act of service today, isn't it!) The recipe appears in the Field's cookbook but it's also available from a number of sites online, and I like the one here, because it has step-by-step photos that show how things should look as you're moving along in the recipe.
This was not a speedy dish to prepare, but oh my, was it ever delicious!
All those tasty vegetables and the tender chicken, mmm mmm good. I'm having fun researching department store tearoom recipes from the past, so you can probably expect a few more of these in the weeks and months to come!