Our Tea Philosophy
For Owner Romy Pereira, tea events are a matter of heritage; she is a third generation tea entrepreneur, and has a unique history with tea. Her grandmother Elena is credited with bringing the tradition of afternoon tea to her home country of Bolivia. Her tea salon, El Pahuichi, is still in operation sixty years later. While growing up, Romy helped her grandmother at the salon and fell in love with the joy and connection that tea brings and with the business of making people happy through food, beverage and community.
El Pahuichi was started during a time of hardship when Elena had a newborn daughter and three growing sons. The nuns at the abbey downtown lent her a couple of tables, chairs and a street-facing space. Since then she has been a mentor and inspiration to younger generations of female entrepreneurs by being one of the founders of the Association of Professional and Entrepreneurial Women in Bolivia, and has received the key to the city for her contributions to the cultural growth of the state.. El Pahuichi has been given the honor of being named “Cultural Patrimony” in Bolivia. Romy is fueled by this legacy, her love and admiration for her grandmother and passion for tea, and brings her 12+ years in fine dining and Hospitality to the table when planning events.
She studied L'Art de la Pâtisserie at the top pastry school in the country, The French Pastry School and went on to work in the kitchens and dining rooms of Three Michelin Star Eleven Madison Park, NYC (recently named best restaurant in the world,) Aria Casino and Resort, Las Vegas (Five Star, Five Diamond Hotel) and was maitre D’ at One-Michelin-Star Spiaggia, Chicago, among others.
Hi There, I’m Romy.
As in Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (or Romy Schneider). I am the Owner and Principal (a.k.a. Wearer of all hats) at KITH + KIN tea. I live smack dab in Chicago right next to Lake Michigan with my fiance who is a chef (Chefonce? Fianchef?) and our cat Maxine, and although the siren has called, we have not been able to leave this beautiful place.
I am passionate about creating beautiful moments for people. Friends and colleagues call me the perpetual Maitre D’. And that I am.
When I am not with tea in my hand, you can find me reading books at the library, correcting people’s vocabulary, painting or picking up little nature trinkets (read also: sticks and stones) that I later use to make terrariums, which I gift to friends. I have a green thumb, a gift I inherited from my grandmother. I don’t watch TV unless it is Downton Abbey. And I love to cook. A huge part of my life was spent in professional kitchens, so chances are you can easily find me in the kitchen. Last but not least, most of what my fiance do is eat and drink around the city (as all proper Chicago industry folk do) with a critical eye and a child’s curiosity of what everyone else is coming up with.
Whether you are a bride’s mom looking to make the morning of the wedding way special with our Bridal Suite Package, or a business owner or office manager looking for the next engaging event for your clients or employees, email me and let’s create that beautiful moment. I want to support your celebrations in whatever way I can.
gloomy weather, grapefruit, Fuji apples (yes, I can tell, and no, no other apple is acceptable) and natural peanut butter, tea, plants and flowers, foo foo stuff like the moon, crystals, positivity, meditation, yoga, incense and journaling… A properly-made bed, pressed flowers, beautiful words, books, family quality time, hiking, mountains, the open air, hugs and kisses.
Improper grammar, entitled/rude people, mold, scallops (don’t tell my future husband), fake food, fast food, bad food, things that are too sweet, unnecessary/impractical things, lies, when people call afternoon tea “high tea”.
photos by Nicole Jansma Photography