Tea hats and Earl Grey tea come together on May 5, 2007 when Queen Elizabeth ll and her husband Prince Phillip visit Louisville’s most notable attraction for the first time, the Kentucky Derby.
Gil Logan, Chef at Levy Restaurants at the Downs, is responsible for serving the Queen and has found that Earl Grey is the Queen’s first choice for afternoon tea, and while the Queen has made no formal requests, Chef Logan wants to be prepared. “She’s not real interested in sticking to her traditions…but I understand it’s also the Queen of England, and if she would like afternoon tea, I’m definitely going to be ready.”
In addition to serving tea, the menu offered will be smoked salmon and cucumber tea sandwiches with Boursin cheese and strawberries, scones, crumpets with orange marmalade and shortbread cookies with different colored chocolate to represent the colors of the jockeys’ silks, all made by Logan and his staff.
Queen Elizabeth ll wants to experience the pageantry that is Derby. She will, in addition to having the comforts of home, Earl Grey tea.
For more about Queen Elizabeth and the Kentucky Derby, go here.
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