Empress plans anniversary tea
In honour of its 100th anniversary, every Friday afternoon until Sept. 26, the Fairmont Empress hotel will hold a special centennial tea. This offering, which is in addition to the tea served in the tea lobby, will take place in the library or in the Empress harbourside room. Seatings are at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The lavishness of this tea is reflected in $100-per-person price. The service starts with amuse bouche, a bitesized appetizer that could include local spot prawns, and a glass of Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne, the same wine served to toast the opening of the hotel in 1908.
Items that follow include a selection of world-class teas; fresh fruit with whipped cream; warm scones with decadent preserves; and sumptuous tea sandwiches, such as lobster with grilled asparagus and truffle, duck confit with poached pear, dungeness crab and smoked salmon, and heirloom tomato with buffalo mozzarella. The tea finishes off with a splendid array of tiny desserts. Make a reservation for the tea by calling 995-4688.