When my mom came to visit Chicago, we dubbed it a “girls’ weekend” and there seemed to be nothing more girly to do than to have high tea. Men, I think, would agree with this assessment, as every guy we saw at our tea looked slightly uncomfortable with being in such a setting.
Anyway, I researched our options in Chicago and found several hotels that serve a fancy high tea. I chose the Drake, where afternoon tea is held in their oh-so-elegant Palm Court restaurant. The setting couldn’t be more lovely: beautiful chandeliers, gorgeous flowers, a fountain, and a harpist set the tone. You are given your choice of tea and then are served a variety of finger sandwiches, breads, and tiny pastries. I absolutely adored the experience.
The lighting inside the Palm Court led to bad iPhone photos, but I think you can still tell that it was an elegant setting:
Three varieties of jams – preserves, English double Devon cream, and lemon curd. The lemon curd was incredible:
They brought out a tray filled with goodies. The top level was tiny pastries, the middle was sandwiches, and the bottom was breads and scones:
I ordered the Pear Caramel tea. I loved the rich color and flavor:
A close up look at the little pastries. They were almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
The finger sandwiches – roast beef, tomato and cucumber, poached chicken, and egg salad:
Scones and banana walnut bread:
I would highly recommend the Drake for your next super girly occasion. While we were there, a baby shower was taking place. How fun!
The Details: The Palm Court at the Drake | 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.787.2200