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Cafe BG in Bergdorf-Goodman,
New York City's epitome emporium of chic and The Berkeley of London
have combined forces to present the ultimate three-course afternoon
tea. When the craftsmanship of couture meets the artistry of haute
cuisine the results are fashion week fabulous.
The Berkeley's voguish Pret-A-Portea, while not a new concept, is
regarded as one of the most imaginative and popular tea programs in
London. Based on the biannual fashion show collections, the menu is
tailored to reflect the styles of each season. One can hardly
believe the delicate confections are to be consumed and not worn.
When everything old is new again, once again the English tradition
of afternoon tea is updated to accommodate a new generation's desire
to socialize in a relaxed manner. This is the best of all world's -
fashion, food, and fun. What better way to shop for the latest trends
than at tea time? A new elan has begun at Bergdorf's, as this tea
Cafe BG is a graceful and serene room, beautifully decorated in celedon hues of blue-green with a modern French-Chinoiserie flair.
Overlooking Grand Army Plaza at Central Park, one could not have a prettier view of New York.
The Mariage Freres international offerings of ten teas and infusions include:
- an unusual blend of green and black teas with an essence of mint and bergamot
Chandernagor - a
spicy mixture of clove, cinnamon, cardamom with pepper nuances
Jasmine Mandarin - a China white tea with notes of floral and citrus
Marco Polo -with Tibetan fruits
Empereur Chen Nung - a China black tea with a smoky infusion, Ceylon- a flowery Orange pekoe
Darjeeling Himalaya - a lively, full - bodied black tea. The Champagne of India, Fujiyama
- a delicate Japanese green tea
Eros - an infusion with the essence of hibiscus and mauve flowers
Rouge Metis - the South African rooibos infusion called "red tea
The order of the menu, to
accommodate the whimsy of the sweets, is not presented in the
traditional three tier formation, but all is forgiven once one
begins to indulge.
An assortment of five
miniature savory sandwiches, with crust's off, are as appealing to
the eye as they are to taste. Each savory item served is made at
the time of the order, thus keeping the tuna's puff pastry from
becoming soggy, allowing for finishing touches and hand garnishes.
The sandwiches range from
the classic smoked salmon and cream cheese with capers on rye bread,
egg salad and watercress with chive on white bread, and sliced
turkey on cranberry-nut bread, to the contemporary and delicious red
beet and cheese spread on whole wheat bread and tuna puff pastry
A second course of warm scones with Devon cream and preserves
third course, as inspired by the Spring 2009 designer runway
collections, Mourad Khiat, Head Pastry Chef (pictured) and Eunmi
Jung, Pastry Chef of The Berkeley have created a centerpiece of
delectable sweets of miniature bespoke cookies and cakes. The
virtuosity of these talented chefs is to be commended.
Each edible sweet is a
remarkable replication of the designer's wares, as evidence by the
Jumbo" quilted handbag banana Madeira cake petit four
"Samira Strass" crystal pump vanilla cookie with signature red sole
Vanilla macaroon with white chocolate ganache, topped with a silver embroidered glittered bow
Regatta striped Jaconde
sponge cake filled with dark chocolate
Oscar de la Renta
White and Black
embroidered harlequin coconut bavaroise embraced with a chocolate belt
"Walking Rose" organza
seamed chocolate cookie dress
3.1 Phillip Lim
Pink Silk organza peach
mousse topped with French meringue and an orange heel tuile
For tea lovers of all ages,
in addition to afternoon tea service, the 7th floor candy and tea
boutiques are a do not miss. When visiting New York City do make a
date with Bergdorf's!
Wishing you Happy
Tea Travels!™ Ellen Easton
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New York, NY
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$45.00 per person or TEA FOR TWO $100 (including
tax and gratuity) - special events
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