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Afternoon Tea with White Truffles

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong celebrates white truffle season…

Tosca celebrates the white truffle season with the grand debut of White Truffle Afternoon Tea in November and December. Known as “Diamond of the Kitchen”, white truffle is highly coveted for its earthy and subtle aroma and is only in season for a limited period every year. Michelin-starred Chef Pino Lavarra joins hands with Executive Pastry Chef Richard Long to craft an irresistible menu featuring this gastronomic gem. “Fall is the white truffle season in Italy. At Tosca, we invite guests to enjoy an elevated journey of the senses and to explore time-honored Italian culinary traditions”, said Chef Pino.

Exclusively available on Saturday only, the exquisite white truffle tea set promises to take afternoon tea experience to the next level. “Burrata Cheese Risotto” is a small-bite version of the classic white truffle recipe. The intensely flavorful white truffle shavings enhance the aromatic profile of the risotto and make it a perfect mid-day snack. While white truffle is traditionally used to enhance savory dishes, Executive Pastry Chef Richard Long adds a creative twist to this edible diamond and surprises guests with a selection of sinfully delicious desserts. “Topinambur Ice Cream” is Chef Richard’s personal favorite. The mild and delicate flavors of the Jerusalem artichoke subtly shine through, while a small sprinkle of salt further enlivens the distinct aroma of white truffle shavings. The beautifully arranged “Hazelnut Nougat Cream, Meringue” is another not-to-be-missed item. The French baby pear is poached in red wine and paired with chestnut cream, crispy nougat chips and hazelnut cream to present a world of winter flavors in one bite. For the full menu, please refer to the Appendix.

For guests to enjoy the white truffle season to the fullest, Tosca’s celebrated Sunday Brunch also presents “Your Very Own Whole White Truffle”, where guests can get a whole piece of white truffle and have it generously shaved on their favorite dishes from the scrumptious buffet spread. “Your Very Own Whole White Truffle” is available every Sunday from 11am to 3pm from November onwards.

For reservations, please contact Restaurant Reservations at (852) 2263 2270 or via email at restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com.

White Truffle Afternoon Tea

Venue: Tosca, Level 102, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Dates: November 7, November 14, November 28, 2015 & December 5, December 12, December 19, 2015 (Saturday Only)

Price: HK$580+10% per person / HK$1,088+10% for two persons

About Chef Pino Lavarra

Hailing from Italy to helm Tosca at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Michelin-Starred Chef Pino Lavarra has a wealth of experience working in renowned hotels and restaurants around the globe.  His gastronomic talents have earned him prestigious recognition including “One of the Best Chefs in the World” by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.  Tosca was honored with one Michelin star only eight months after Chef Pino took over as director. Chef Pino, Cucina d’autore extraordinaire, presents Italian cuisine in an innovative style, creating a gastronomic memory at Tosca that will last a lifetime.

About Chef Richard Long

Malaysian-born Long has had a fascination for the art of chocolate and desserts from the time he was in college.  With his extensive knowledge and skills in the fine art of pastry design that he has cultivated over the past 25 years, guests can expect Long’s refined, alluring and delectable classic and contemporary desserts at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

His passion for creating the best pastries had taken him to as far as Paris, France to L’Ecole Lenôtre, the first culinary school in France, and to the pastry kitchen of Pierre Hermé, one of the world’s most renowned French pastry chefs, to learn the best of the craft.  Long then worked for notable international hotel chains all over the world—in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Turkey.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is the highest hotel in the world.  The hotel’s 312 guestrooms all offer spectacular city and harbour views.  With six dining venues including the state-of-the-art Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, Tosca; two-star Michelin Chinese restaurant, Tin Lung Heen; The Lounge and Bar, which features an international all-day dining menu; and Café 103, which serves signature chocolate afternoon tea.  The rooftop bar, Ozone, is truly a stunning venue at 490 meters above sea level.  For those wishing to relax and indulge, The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA located on the 116th floor features nine deluxe treatment rooms and two couple’s suites, redefining the urban spa experience in the city and across Asia.  The hotel features a fully equipped fitness center and an indoor pool on the 118th floor with a 28m x 7m LED screen on the ceiling, as well as one of the largest ballrooms in the city at 870sqm.  Complemented by an additional four meeting rooms, the ballroom has become the major social venue for Hong Kong and has set the benchmark for events in the region.  For more information, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/HongKong.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 89 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 40 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com or www.ritzcarlton.cn. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ). 

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