Afternoon Tea at the Shelbourne
Inspired by the artist Michael Flatley
The impeccable tradition of afternoon tea continues in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge at The Shelbourne, where this most pleasurable of rituals at Dublin’s favourite five-star hotel takes an artistic turn, with the dynamic new Afternoon Tea inspired by the artist Michael Flatley.
Beloved and renowned for his talents on stage as a dancer, Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley is also an accomplished artist. Using the dexterity and precision of his footwork in a very different way he creates large-scale abstract paintings by combining his dancing with paint, moving across the canvas to create extraordinary artworks with the controlled steps and expressive gestures of his feet.
The Lord Mayor’s Lounge is delighted to host an exhibition showcasing a selection of Michael Flatley’s artistic creations, the largest public display of his work and first in Ireland to date. It is this selection of paintings which have formed the inspiration for the pastry team’s talented responses to them, as part of this exciting afternoon tea menu inspired by the artist Michael Flatley.
Captivated by Michael Flatley’s unique art collection – the pastry team’s own artistic impulses have been triggered by the colours, textures and themes of his paintings to create desserts inspired by Elvis, Playful, The Grand National and Nella Fantasia.
Elvis has inspired a salted caramel mousse, raspberry compote and dark chocolate mousse encased in a dark chocolate glaze, the vivid colours of Playful have led to a strawberry macaroon filled with strawberry vanilla cheesecake, rhubarb compote and strawberry pâte de fruit, the image of The Grand National has influenced a caramelised éclair filled with mango passion mousse with coconut ganache, and the energy of Nella Fantasia has sparked the creation of an almond frangipane tartlet and pistachio pot crème with mixed berries.
With the inspiration for the perfectly made pâtisserie surrounding you in The Lord Mayor’s Lounge, there are two entirely different forms of creativity to be enjoyed – the talents of the pastry team and those of the exceptional artist, coming together in a unique combination of imagination, skill, and culinary expertise.
Launching on September 6th in The Shelbourne in the presence of the artist, Afternoon Tea inspired by the artist Michael Flatley is available daily at The Shelbourne for €49 per person for Classic Afternoon Tea and €64 for Champagne Afternoon Tea, and runs from September 6th to November 22nd, returning in 2017 from January 2nd to April 3rd.
27 St Stephen’s Green,
Tel: 01 6634500