New Orleans Afternoon Tea at Le Salon
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About Afternoon Tea at Le Salon
Experience the delightful tradition of afternoon tea in New Orleans at Le Salon. Sip from a selection of 26 of the finest loose-leaf variety brews while your ears enjoy soft melodies from a harpist or string trio. Nibble on an assortment of delicious tea sandwiches as you engage in one of New Orleans most beloved and fashionable pastimes.
Thursday & Friday at 2:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Don your best Derby-inspired hats and headpieces for an afternoon of traditional tea fare and colorful Churchill Downs flare. You can bet it’s sure to be a great time for all.
Mother’s Day Tea
Bring the generations together to honor the special women in our lives. Moms are the center of attention at our afternoon tea celebration.
History of Afternoon Tea
This is the service that comes to mind when people think of English tea ceremonies. The tradition was originated in the mid 1800s, when the Duchess of Bedford began ordering a tray of tea with bread and butter in the mid-afternoon to combat fainting spells. In those days, lunch was served at noon, but dinner was not served until 8 or even 9 o'clock at night. The Duchess found herself hungry during those long afternoon hours. Tea service became a regular occurrence and as she began to invite other high-society ladies to join her, it became quite the fashionable afternoon pastime. Along with tea, the ladies would enjoy delicate tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves and petit fours.
High Tea vs. Afternoon Tea
Many people use the term "High Tea" to describe the event mentioned above. But High Tea is a much different thing. It was served later (around six in the evening) and consisted of a full, dinner meal for the common people. Tea was still served, but there would also be meats, fish or eggs, cheese, bread and butter, and cake. It was more of a man's meal, than a ladies social diversion.
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