Arizona Biltmore Celebrates 82 Years of Afternoon Tea With, What Else, Afternoon Teas (And an Updated Menu)

Since its opening in 1929, the Arizona Biltmore Resort, located in Phoenix near 24th Street and Camelback Road, has been carrying on the 200-year-old English pastime of afternoon tea. Now, in its 82nd year, the Arizona landmark is planning to delight tea freaks and the infusion-curious alike by continuing the tradition along with a new menu of sandwiches and desserts.

With two seating times available (12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.), and starting Thursday through Sunday from November 4, through Mother's Day, May 13, 2012, there's no excuse not to be part of tradition, especially with Tea Sommelier Kevin Doyle on hand to educate, explain, and answer questions on both the tea and menu selections.

Along with an array of black, green, and white teas and infusions, the new food menu includes items such as lobster dill salad cream puffs, prosciutto melon lollipops, minted cucumber with Fossil Creek goat cheese on onion bread, and a monthly scone and dessert menu which includes holiday goodies like egg nog spiced pound cake and white chocolate peppermint scones.

See the afternoon tea and food menu and find out how to make your reservations after the jump.

Afternoon Teas Black: Bombay Chai, Pomegranate Blackberry, Hazelnut Truffle Green: Green Mango Peach, Cucumber Mint White: Ginger and Pear, White Ambrosia, Herbal Infusions: African Solstice, Flora Biltmore Blends: Sage, Blueberry Green Tea

Menu Highlights Smoked Salmon with Cream Fraiche & Cucumber, served open-face on pumpernickel Egg Salad with Sea Salt Tomatoes & Bibb Lettuce, served open-face on egg brioche Lobster Dill Salad in Profiterole House Roast Turkey with Arizona Orange Marmalade, on cranberry bread Smoked Chicken Fig, Goat Cheese, on pecan raisin bread Prosciutto Melon Lollipops

Vegetarian Options Tomato Confit & Broccoli with Walnut Pesto, Hose-Pulled Mozzarella & Caramelized Onion Focaccia Minted Cucumber with Fossil Creek Goat Cheese, on onion bread Wild Mushroom Gorgonzola "Pop"overs Heirloom Tomato & Caprese with Fresh Basil, served open face Apple Grape and Almond Profiteroles Sweet Potato with White Currants & Fig Spread, on walnut bread

Afternoon Tea is $36 per person, or $46 with a cocktail. Children under 12 are $26. Tax and gratuity are additional.

For a gluten-free menu, 24-hour advance notice is required. Reservations are strongly recommended. Seating is limited. For reservations, please call 602-381-7632.

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