Friday, April 20, 2012

Dining with Miller & Paine

The latest addition to my collection of department store tea room memorabilia is this sweet little dish from the Miller & Paine Department Store's tea room/cafeteria in Lincoln, Nebraska. I love the small (5 x 7 inch) oval shape and can just picture it being delivered to ladies' tables.

I love that every store's tea room or restaurant seemed to have its "signature" food items, and Miller & Paine was apparently known for its cinnamon rolls, about two of which would fit perfectly on this dish. Although the original recipe doesn't seem to be available online, a company called Runza continues to sell cinnamon rolls made from the Miller & Paine recipe today. (If I thought I could eat 4 dozen, I might consider placing an order!)

This Warwick dish tells me plainly it was "MADE EXPRESSLY FOR MILLER & PAINE, Inc." in LINCOLN, NEBR., and the online seller I bought it from says M&P was a great department store and she remembered eating in the tea room there. If anyone reading today has ever had a Miller & Paine cinnamon roll, I'd love to hear your review!

11 comments:

relevanttealeaf said...

Another fun department store tea room acquisiton, and your collection continues to grow.

Deb said...

Very pretty. Love the apricot colour.

Marie said...

Such a pretty dainty dish. the flowers remind me of nasturiums which I love (for the colors not the "scent"). It is a nice addition to your collection.

Martha said...

Lovely dish! We have Runzas in our area but I've never eaten one of their cinnamon rolls.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Once again, learning something new!!

Love your new header too!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Linda J. said...

This is a fun addition to your collection!

Steph said...

I really love those colors!

Marilyn said...

I love this plate, just lovely. Now I would love a cinnamon roll please.

Anonymous said...

Great post, Angela! Such a pretty design - something about it reminds me of Art Deco (maybe it's the angles and the bright colors?) It still amazes me how those Tea Rooms had such beautiful dishes...Joanie

Anonymous said...

I remember going to Miller & Paine as a little girl with my grandma. The cinnamon rolls are one-of-a-kind, there has never been even a close second in my opinion. I also remember having these same cinnamon rolls paired with chili in our school lunches in Nebraska back in the 1970's... my favorite and just the thought of these brings back so many wonderful, warm memories. Thank you RUNZA for bringing these back so now I can share these with my girls and they can share them with theirs and so on... They really are to die for!

Anonymous said...

I've had them, you could eat 4 dozen, I promise.