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WORKSHOP: Downton Abbey-Inspired High* Tea by Carol Mark

February 25, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The popularity of Downton Abbey has re-ignited interest in the tradition of the English High Tea. Certified tea sommelier Carol Mark will lead this workshop exploring the history of tea (including Toronto’s interesting tea history), food pairing, different types including teabags to whole leaf and the proper way to brew the perfect cup. The class will look at the process of tasting and evaluating tea, tea cupping and and service. To give the evening a bit of Downton Abbey class, Carol will be using her vintage Limoges porcelain tea service.

(* This is actually an Afternoon (Low) Tea, but I didn’t want people to think it was actually in the afternoon. What’s the difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea? Check out this informative infographic. -Len)

Tea will include:
– Tea sandwiches: cucumber, egg & cress, curry chicken
– Selection of scones: currant, rose, lemon & cranberry, served with devon cream
– Lemon curd
– Chocolate florentines
– Gingerbread
– Shortbread
– Victorian sponge
– The best chocolate cupcakes ever (not traditional, but I love chocolate)

Recipes will be provided, as well as additional ones from the Yorkshire Dale area (where Downton Abbey is set). Participants will also get a selection of Carol’s exclusive teas to take home.

Carol Mark is a certified tea sommelier who loves tea, baking, cooking and chocolate. Carol has curated elaborate high teas, including a Masters Class given by noted tea expert Jane Pettrigrew and Dilhan Fernando from Dilmah Tea (one of the top ten tea producers in the world), which raised funds for 4000 mammograms for rural women in Sri Lanka. Carol also sources and blends rare teas, and is excitedly expecting a new shipment from several century-old tea trees in northern China along the old tea trading route. Follow Carol on Twitter @teantaste

$40 +HST

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