Afternoon Tea at the Plaza
Palm Court Entrance - Photo By Ellen Easton ©2008 - All Rights Reserved/center>
When The Plaza, at age 98, closed its doors in 2005, it was not the end of an era. It was, in fact, to become the renaissance of one New York City's most treasured institutions.
The new ownership of Elad Properties, in partnership with Kingdom Holdings, in combination, invested over one billion dollars in a two year, lobby to roof renovation. Under the management of The Fairmont Group, The Plaza, a Henry Janeway Hardenbergh Beaux Art masterpiece, under the watchful eye of the award winning design teams of Gal Nauer Architects, Costas Kondylis & Partners, Walter B. Melvin Architects and Rani Ziss Architects have created a new haven of luxury.
No expense has been spared to insure that every detail is of the highest quality, not only in the materials and decor, but in the personnel and service as well.
Palm Court Laylight - Photo© - Courtesy of The Plaza
From the moment the doors opened in 1907, The Plaza became a venue of choice as a world destination point. The Plaza has hosted celebrated and prominent personalities, including the fictional and mischievous Eloise, George M.Cohan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Leonard Bernstein, and Truman Capote.
The Palm Court, the heartbeat of The Plaza, with the million dollar restoration of a 1, 800 square foot stained glass laylight not seen for fifty years, returns to a grandeur worthy of its National Historic landmark status.
The Plaza, whose very name has come to represent the epitome of unparalleled luxury and unstinting hospitality, serves afternoon tea daily in the Palm Court.
Surrounded by the European splendor of the Palm Court courtyard, the afternoon tea caters to the different tastes of its sophisticated clientele.
A blend of the best tea - time traditions with new and innovative ideas, creates a balance and flavorful combination to appeal to all guests.
Once again the melodious songs of a piano waft through the room, against a decor of French blue and marigold yellow and ivory, the tables are set with the finest linen, crystal, Bernaudaud-Limoges china, and Christoffle silver. The floral arrangements are breathtaking.
The Plaza Place Setting Photo - By Ellen Easton - All Rights Reserved
Having been The Plaza's tea consultant for two decades, to be a part of such an exciting endeavor was both and honor and a privilege. To be working with such an outstanding group of professionals was a dream come true. While not directly responsible for the latest incarnation, many of the traditional elements of my consultation remain a part of the new 2010 menu.
Shane Krige, the general manager of The Plaza, has selected a new Executive Chef, Willis Loughhead, and a new Pastry Chef, Jasmina Bojic, who happens to make a superb scone. All the foods and sweets are artistically crafted to please the eye. The tea vendor has blended several private label teas exclusively for The Plaza's Palm Court.More:
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