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Culinary Capers Vogue Afternoon Tea

This past fall Nordstrom Vancouver hosted a private client event featuring Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast, for afternoon tea and an exciting look at what’s next in fashion.

Culinary Capers Catering designed an elegant menu that served passed hors d’oeuvre followed by seated Afternoon Tea. Three tiered tray stands were filled with the classic combination of finger sandwiches, warm scones and delicate pastries. The refined sandwiches featured a customized collection of traditional and modern tastes  including smoked salmon, apple and watercress and smoked turkey, kumquat marmalade and Manchego cheese on thinly sliced bread.

Debra Lykkemark CEO of Culinary Capers predicts that Afternoon Tea parties will become a fashionable pastime for a new generation and will be a hot trend in entertaining for ladies lunches, fashion shows and weddings. Start with a sparkling wine station with different syrups and liqueurs for your guests to create their own custom drink by adding a splash of one or two of the following to their champagne glass and then topping it with sparkling wine or sparkling water – blood orange syrup flavoured with orange bitters, Grand Marnier, Cassis, passion fruit purée with elderflower, strawberry rhubarb syrup.  Pass a few hors d’oeuvre then present stylish tiered trays at each dining table or on a buffet.  This would be a great idea for DIY entertaining as you can do it all ahead of time.  Invite the ladies to dress up in their finest frock with a hat or fascinator!
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Nordstrom Vogue Afternoon Tea Menu | Fall 2015
Created by Event Planner Sarah MacKenzie and Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm

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Jewel Hors d’oeuvre – passed
Crostini with Beef Tenderloin
red onion marmalade and arugula

Crêpe Purse with Lobster and Tarragon
tender crêpe stuffed and tied with a chive

Champagne Poached Pear
on a Parmesan crisp with peppered Boursin cheese and mint

Cucumber Wrapped Scallop
tomato and celery dusted, Victoria gin infused cucumber ribbon
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Assorted Tea Sandwiches
Smoked Salmon, Apple and Watercress
Egg Salad with Scallions
Smoked Turkey, Kumquat Marmalade and Manchego
Fresh Asparagus and Lemon Cream Cheese
Cucumber, Watercress and Cream Cheese
Black Forest Ham and Dijon Mustard

Lime Vanilla Scone served with Clotted Cream, Raspberry Preserves and Lime Curd
Madeleine Decorated with Fresh Lavender
Thyme Sable Cookie scented with Thyme
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Lavendar Earl Grey Macaron with Almond and Earl Grey Buttercream
Violet Pavlova with Lemon Cream, Blueberries and Candied Violet
Chocolate and Vanilla Petit Fours decorated with Purple and Blue Sugar Floral

Assorted Premium Teas
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Event: Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events
Decor: PartyArt Design
Photos:  Nordstrom Vancouver

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