New Meetup: Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton with New Orleans British Culture Meetup Group

From: Rose
Sent on: Monday, January 11, 2010 10:29 AM
No Saints game today, and no parades yet, so it's a good time to enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea with some friends.

THE HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA

Afternoon tea was invented by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford [masked]), a lady-in-waiting for Queen Victoria. In her day, the upper crust ate a huge breakfast, a little lunch, and a very late dinner.

Every afternoon, the duchess experienced a "sinking feeling" on account of the unusual meal schedule. One afternoon she instructed her servants to serve tea and little cakes in her boudoir. The experiencewas so delightful that Anna repeated it every afternoon thereafter. Soon others followed the Duchess' lead, and in just a few decades the custom of "taking tea" in the afternoon had become well established.

At first, the practice was limited to the upper classes, but it eventually became so popular that tea shops and tea-rooms began opening for the enjoyment of the general public. A refined pleasure that dates back many centuries, Afternoon Tea was given new prominence when it was incorporated into The Ritz-Carlton heritage. Today, at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, this sophisticated ritual takes on a new resonance of flavorful elegance. Here, you can take time out from your day to experience one of life's true delights.

Menu and prices are as follows:

ROYAL TEA
Delicate sandwiches and petite pastries are served with your selection of freshly infused tea. Accompanied by a glass of Champagne, Chardonnay or Sherry,this afternoon indulgence is excess in miniature. It is a regal compliment to the company.

Mini Lobster Rolls
Tasso Cream Cheese
Crawfish Remoulade Barquette
Tasso Deviled Egg with Louisiana Chou pique Caviar
Artichoke Confit
Rockefeller Cream Cheese on Wheat
Smoked Salmon on Brioche with Green Tomato Jam
Louisiana Chou pique Caviar and Cr?me Fraiche on Blinis
Freshly Baked Scones with Lemon Curd, Devonshire Cream and Jam
Assorted Tea Breads, Fruit Tarts, and Tea Pastries
~ Thirty Two Dollars ~

TRADITIONAL TEA
With your selection of tea we serve an assortment of tea sandwiches, pastries, and freshly baked scones.
Crawfish Remoulade Barquette
Tasso Deviled Egg with Louisiana Chou piqu? Caviar
Artichoke Confit
Rockefeller Cream Cheese on Wheat
Smoked Salmon on Brioche with Green Tomato Jam
Freshly Baked Scones with Lemon Curd, Devonshire Cream and Jam
Assorted Tea Breads, Fruit Tarts, and Pastries
~ Twenty Six Dollars ~

LIGHT TEA
Petite pastries and baked sweets served with your selection of freshly infused tea.
Freshly Baked Scones with Lemon Curd, Devonshire Cream, and Jam
Assorted Tea Breads, Fruit Tarts, and Pastries
~ Twenty Two Dollars ~

http://www.ritzcarlto...

Reservations are not needed, but if we end up having a big group I need to call and warn them that morning. If you initially rsvp "maybe," then please be sure change your rsvp to yes or no by Sunday morning.

Per their website:
"Valet parking is available at a rate of $32.00 per day. Valet parking is validated in Melange or any of the lounges with purchase of menu items." I called and spoke with a representative to verify that valet parking is free if we are having tea, and she said yes, be sure to get your ticket validated in the On Trois Lounge. You may want to verify this again with the valet before you leave your car!

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