Monday, August 18, 2008

Afternoon Tea returns to Orchids at Palm Court

August 18, 2008 - Orchids at Palm Court is pleased to announce the return of Afternoon Tea beginning Saturday, September 6, 2008 and continues until Saturday, May 23, 2009. Tea is offered in Orchids at Palm Court from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturdays. Traditional service will include the trained service staff presenting a selection of loose teas from Sri Lanka to China to South Africa. The tea includes traditional tea sandwiches, appetizers and an amazing array of fresh pastries such as tea breads, scones accompanied by fresh Devonshire cream, miniature pastries, chocolate covered strawberries and truffles. Guests will also enjoy live music starting at 2:00pm.

All of the scrumptious delights are freshly created in house, including the pastries and tea breads created by Pastry Chef Kathleen Kessler. Chef Kessler is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. . Chef Kessler was recently awarded the American Culinary Federation’s “Pastry Chef of the Year” for the Northeast Region in 2008. She held Pastry Chef positions across New England and before joining the Hilton Cincinnati staff, Chef Kessler was the Pastry and Baking Instructor at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.

The cost of tea is $27.00 for adults and $19.00 for children 12 years and younger. Group rates are also available. Reservations may be made by calling 513-421-9100 or emailing maitre d’ Sean Garner at

Orchids at Palm Court has been honored with numerous awards including the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) coveted four-diamond award for excellence. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s restaurant critic, Polly Campbell, gave the Orchids a five-star (extraordinary) rating. Cincinnati Magazine has consistently rated Orchids as one of the top restaurants in the city (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005) and said “this is why people should come downtown to eat.”

Orchids at Palm Court is one third of The Restaurants at Palm Court which also include The Bar at Palm Court and The Grille at Palm Court. They are located in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth Street, downtown Cincinnati. The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is one of the world’s finest examples of French art deco architecture and the restaurant features rare Brazilian rosewood walls with German silver-nickel metalwork and lighting fixtures. The two-story ceiling features large Romanesque murals and on the north end of the restaurant is an original Rookwood Pottery fountain flanked by two large seahorses which illustrates the magnificent examples of art deco in the restaurant. The hotel is a charter member of Historic Hotels of America, is a registered National Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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