The Ladies Tea, an annual tradition at Bethany Free Will Baptist Church, was catered by the Country Cottage in Locust Grove, which is at the center of the state and local health department investigation. One attendee has been sickened, more than 20 others "probable" says health department, after church tea attendees ate food served by Locust Grove’s Country Cottage catering service.
Country Cottage catered the event Saturday, August 16. Approximately 160 of the 200 to 250 people attending the event have been contacted. Because there was no sign-in sheet, the number of attendees is an estimation. Because the catered event had a limited menu, it may help narrow down what food is the source of the E. coli.