Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Afternoon Tea at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel

We returned to Cincinnati for afternoon tea at the
Afternoon tea is served in Orchids at Palm Court on Saturdays
at 2:00 p.m., September - May.

The first course included an Open-faced Salmon Sandwich, Cucumber Sandwich garnished with a Cherry Tomato, Tuna Sandwich garnished with a Sun dried Tomato, Mascarpone Stuffed Date, Egg Salad Sandwich garnished with a Sweet Pickle Slice, and Prosciutto Crostini served to each of us on individual mini two-tier servers.

The breads and desserts were served to the four of us on a three-tier server. The breads included Current Scones, Cranberry Scones, Banana Nut Bread, Spice Bread and a Mini Blueberry Muffin.

Desserts included Madelines dipped in chocolate and pistachios, , Pecan Honey Diamonds, Chocolate Dipped Macaroons, Almond Raspberry Petite Fours, Fanciers garnished with candied violet, , and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Chocolate Croissants, Lemon Tarts and Russian Tea Cookies.

In the above photo, Brittney enjoyed the Jasmine Oolong and Melissa enjoyed the White Peony Tea.
I enjoyed several pots of the White Peony and Mary chose Lapsang Souchong. This was Mary's first time to have tea at the Cincinnati Hilton.
The award-winning pastry chef, Kat Kessler, came out to chat with us about the afternoon tea service.

The menu was very similar to the tea we were served in January at the same hotel. In case you wonder why I drove 2 hours back to Cincinnati for tea just a month later, it is because I can visit with the #1 daughter and the grandson when we go to this afternoon tea.

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