Nestled within the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter, The Westbury is renowned for its commitment to supporting the arts, culture and design. To celebrate The Westbury’s partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin’s premier hotel has launched the NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea. Served in the serene surroundings of The Gallery, guests will have the opportunity to sample exquisitely designed desserts inspired by some of Ireland’s budding fashion designers.
Executive Pastry Chef at The Westbury, Tatjana Upelniece-Kiselova drew her inspiration from five of NCAD’s third and fourth year students who focused their collections on Colour, Print, Pleating, Stitch and Construction.
An impressive fiery red ensemble infused with Colour created by Zoe Redmond, influenced Tatjana to draw on the bold colour choice with a sumptuous cherry macaroon with smooth velvet, mocha cream.
Eavan Butler’s sophisticated Prints took creative vision from Roy Lichtenstein’s famous pop art prints. Tatjana developed this idea, drawing on the citrus feel the outfit brings to create a lime, lemon and grapefruit tart, finished with a modern-day quote. Similarly, Construction by Laura Egan inspired an exotic piña colada entremet from the beautiful black and yellow dress based on fond childhood memories.
A delicate hand-decorated light and fresh blueberry, vanilla cake inspired by the Pleating in Ciana Keating’s ‘Beach Belle’ sky-blue, swimming dress. The delicate cloud-white linen motivated a fluffy, light dessert. The final look, Stitching, by John Burrows influenced Tatjana’s choice of a delicious chocolate and pistachio eclair, with a light raspberry panel to imitate the pastel pattern of the jacket.
Tatjana Upelniece-Kiselova described how she enjoyed creating and designing desserts; “As a pastry chef it is particularly important to pay attention to the finer details, as it is necessary to have a balance between both how the cakes and pastries resemble the NCAD fashion designers creations and how they will taste for our guests. It was a very exciting challenge to meet with the designers in their NCAD fashion studio and choose which from some of their amazing creations and decide which ones would translate best as a dessert. Overall, it was an incredible experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and it was an absolute pleasure to work with the NCAD fashion graduates, who have each created truly inspiring collections”
Speaking about the partnership and afternoon tea Angela O’Kelly, Head of Design for Body and Environment at NCAD commented; “We are delighted to be working with The Doyle Collection and The Westbury and received a fantastic response from our recent graduate fashion show which was held in none other than the car park of The Westbury! The Doyle Collection’s support of art and culture singled them out as an ideal partner for the show. We are particularly excited to see how the work of our fashion graduates has inspired the creation of a new Afternoon Tea and we are interested to see how the use of different ingredients to develop textures, colours and shapes will rival the original designs.”
Guests can enjoy the bespoke NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea, available for €47 per person, €59 per person with Moët & Chandon or Moët & Chandon Rosé and €80 for Dom Pérignon Champagne Afternoon Tea. Guests can enjoy the NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea from the 23rd of May until mid September. Advance bookings are advised and can be made through the hotel on 01 646 3311.
For those looking for further opportunities to explore the art and culture of Dublin city The Westbury have created the NCAD Inspired Overnight Experience which comprises of the NCAD Inspired Afternoon Tea for two to be enjoyed on The Gallery, one night’s luxury accommodation and full Irish Breakfast.
The NCAD Inspired Overnight Experience at The Westbury is available from €405 and is subject to availability. Advance bookings are recommended and can be made through the hotel on +353 1 646 3333.
For reservations and further details, please contact The Westbury on to 01 6463333 or visit http://www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-westbury-hotel