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Three backyard fruit trees sparked what is to day a thriving gourmet food business for Rowena Fullinwider, founder and president of Rowena's, Inc., in Norfolk, Virginia. As word spread about the cake lady, requests for Rowena's specialty foods exceeded the capabilities of her kitchen. Rowena opened her gourmet manufacturing facility in May of 1983 and in 25 years, her facility has grown to 18...
I am the Director of The Virginia Tea Society. We held our September meeting along with a fabulous tea at Rowena's and it was beyond belief. I had spoken with Andrea, the pastry chef several times arranging the tea and she made sure Rowena's lived up to it's name. There was comforting music playing in the background, beautifully set tables with a vase of fresh flowers on each and a wonderful atmosphere. It was the best tea, in this area, that I have had the opportunity of attending. We were offered bottomless pots of loose teas: Earl Grey, Liz's Blend, Apricot and Raspberry along with three decaf's: English Breakfast, Green and Orange Spice along with milk or lemon slices and sugar cubes in a swan shaped container with tongs. We were also offered goblets of water with lemon and glasses of sparkling cider. There were five types of sandwiches - two halves of each, cherry tomatos, two scones served with lemon curd, Devonshire clotted cream and assorted jams, three slices of Rowena's's famous cakes, three slices of various melons, strawberries, kiwi's, grapes, and two hersey kisses. All of this was served on three tier trays...not one for each table but one three tier tray for each guest. It was just everything you expect at a Royal Tea and beyond. They even provided containers for take home delights. It was simply Marvelous!!! I recommend this Tea Room highly to everyone who reads this review. Thank you Rowena, Andrea and staff for a remarkable event! We will certainly be back soon! Aurora Livingston, Director, Virginia Tea Society, www.virginiateasociety.com
Walking by the six-foot white rabbit, customers expect to enter a wonderland. No disappointments there: The front area is a gif
Walking by the six-foot white rabbit, customers expect to enter a wonderland. No disappointments there: The front area is a gift shop with enough tea sets, jams, jellies,...
This is a Norfolk delicacy. You can buy the cakes in several locations. My favorite is the almond. If you really want a treat try it with lemon curd.
This is more of a boutique than bakery or dessert place. The cakes are overpriced and taste ok (moist at least) but I was not impressed.
Since 1983, Rowena's, Inc has been providing Manufacturing - Bakery: Wholesale Or Wholesale/retail Combined from Norfolk.
Three prolific fruit trees in the backyard of this factory's founder compelled her to begin her career in gourmet food manufacturing. Visitors who tour the factory will see where Rowena's famous almond pound cakes, jams, and sauces are made and purchase these items in the gift shop.
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