Enjoy a Lowcountry spring lunch during St. Philip's Church's annual tea room and gift shop from April 28 to May 2.

St. Philip's tea room, formally known as the Tea Garden, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will offer lunch and desserts daily in the historic downtown Charleston church's parish hall.

Lowcountry favorites will return, including okra soup, classic chicken salad and shrimp salad. Desserts, made by parishioners, will include Hummingbird cake, Grand Marnier cheesecake, Huguenot torte and other options.

Guests may opt for the tea room's original 1952 outdoor format that allows them to dine outside in the Church Street structure's courtyard or on its parish hall veranda. Indoor seating with live piano music also will be available.

Those who are pressed for time can place take-out orders with delivery provided downtown. Call 722-7291.

Throughout the team room week, homemade items, baked goods and souvenirs will be sold in St. Philip's tea room gift shop. The sanctuary and grounds will be open for tours.

Lowcountry tea rooms are popular fundraisers for many local churches during which guests typically enjoy homemade dishes at historic parishes.

Proceeds from St. Philip's tea room benefits its foreign and home missions, St. Philip's choirs and the junior and senior high youth ministries. For more information, go to www.stphilipschurchsc.org.

Jennifer Berry Hawes