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The Art of Tea

Saturday 5/13 at 9:00am


Who would think that tea — found nearly everywhere today — literally conquered the world centuries ago, through trade, smuggling, and even wars. This enjoyable morning will bring history to life through a private gallery tour of the collections of European and Chinese art, followed by a three-course tea service at the museum’s premiere restaurant, Ray’s.

Culinary historian Maite Gomez-Rejon and museum educator Mary Lenihan and Maite will take you into the galleries to trace the path of the ubiquitous beverage as “tea culture” spread from Asia, eventually reaching Europe and the Americas. Along the way, it spurred the production of some of the world’s most beautiful porcelain and silver, as well as other paraphernalia used to brew it, serve it, and drink it. The tour will include Chinese porcelain tea wares, European ceramics, and English silver. After the tour, enjoy a full, three-course tea service in Ray’s. While the traditional English tea (think of aristocrats in a drawing room) is the inspiration, chef Fernando Darin will add some contemporary touches. Tea will be included, of course. ($50 members; $55 non-members)


image: Teapot with Cover, Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory, France, circa 1755, Soft-paste porcelain with glaze and enamel, William Randolph Hearst Collection.

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