Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tea Time @ 1 Bleu
The Regent Bal Harbour's posh 1 Bleu restaurant invited guests to fall down the rabbit's hole for a good cause at a Mad Hatters Tea Party. Miami socialites donned elaborate and striking headgear and gathered at the glossy new hotel for a benefit to raise money for Dress for Success, an organization that promotes economic independence for disadvantaged men and women.
Exec chef Gerdy Rodriguez put out quite a spread and everything from the dainty menus to the delicate tea sandwiches felt downright classy.
Each table was adorned with three-tiered trays of tea sandwiches including classic egg salad, cucumber with chive scented cream cheese, black current tea smoked chicken salad and the creative goat cheese and mascarpone fig and honey. I chowed on the fresh-baked scones with fixings like lemon curd and jam like a Buckingham-bred Brit. Four different types of tea were available including my fave imperial earl gray, colonialist that I am.
And the desserts, oh the desserts!
Chocolate-covered strawberries, French macaroons, coconut cupcakes, fruit tarts and something my table mate pronounced "a twinkie on acid." That about sums it up. That, and gold-flecked bon-bons. This is Bal Harbour DARRR-ling.