Tea is about… Heritage
For Owner Romy Pereira, tea gatherings 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 European tradition of afternoon tea to 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 a food, beverage and community experience.
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 and other national recognition for her contributions to women entrepreneurs and 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 12+ years in fine dining and hospitality experience to create the most memorable celebrations and experiences.
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 and honorary recipient of the San Pellegrino award for #1 best fine dining restaurant in the world) Eleven Madison Park in NYC, Aria Casino and Resort in Las Vegas (AAA Five Diamond Hotel, Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star 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, depending on your generation). I am the Owner and Principal at KITH + KIN tea. I live in Chicago right next to Lake Michigan with my husband who is a chef and our cat Maxine, and pretty much nothing has convinced us to leave this beautiful place.
I am passionate about creating beautiful moments for people. Friends and colleagues call me the perpetual Maitre D’.
When I don’t have a cup of tea in hand, you can find me reading books at the library, correcting people’s vocabulary in my head, 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 believe I have a green thumb, a gift I inherited from my grandmother. I don’t watch TV unless it is Downton Abbey or Grace & Frankie.
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. Most of what my fiance and I do is eat and drink around the country with a critical eye and a child’s curiosity of what everyone else is coming up with. Please don’t call us foodies…
I love tea and I adore what I do. I want to support your celebrations in whatever way I can. Tea is about ritual and community, something that I believe people crave. I have a venerance for tea rituals and ceremonies like Japanese Tea Ceremony and Gongfu style. My hope is for people to discover the joy and connection that tea brings. My favorite part about growing up at my grandmother’s tea salon was the magical realization that people went there to enjoy themselves, to forget about their day and their worries, to have a cup of tea, pastries and chat with friends or read newspapers… This was my intro to hospitality, the main pillar of my entire career.
gloomy weather, grapefruit, Fuji apples and natural almond 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, fake food, fast food, bad food, bad service, things that are too sweet, unnecessary/impractical things, lies, when people call afternoon tea “high tea”.
photos by Nicole Jansma Photography