Holiday Tea Time Returns to Top of the Mark
It’s that time of year again, when I get invited for a sneak peek and taste of Tea Time at Top of the Mark. Let me tell you, this year like every year does not disappoint. There is a new addition to the hotel this year The Nob Hill Club. It’s a farm-to-table dining experience and lounge in the iconic setting of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins.
The historic Nob Hill hotel welcomes back the holiday season with an array of annual traditions including decorations, visits from St. Nick, and its celebrated holiday tea at the Top of the Mark lounge. During late November and the entire month of December, Top of the Mark offers a traditional “Holiday Tea” and a special “Magical Tea” for kids featuring delicious sweet and savory bites by Executive Chef Nenad Stefanovic and Pastry Chef Phoung Vuong in addition to a selection of specialty teas.
Price: $50.00 per person
The illustrious Holiday Tea tradition at the Top of the Mark returns with a weekend debut Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festivities continue Mondays through Thursdays from December 1st to December 18th and Mondays and Tuesdays from December 22nd to December 29th. A selection of fine teas and delectable three tier presentations of desserts, scones and tea sandwiches will be offered by Chef Nenad Stefanovic and will feature classics like Cranberry scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd and special Mini Yule Logs for the holiday season. Reservations are required.
Magical Holiday Tea starting on Friday, December 5, 2014
Price: $60.00 per person or $56.00 with toy donation
Magical Holiday Tea is an amusing family-friendly event open to kids and adults of all ages, featuring Perry The Magician and face painter Pixie. Guests will also enjoy a cookie decorating station with Chef Nenad Stefanovic, a Fire Engine display in the courtyard and visits from Santa Claus. Adults are offered an array of both sweet and savory tea sandwiches as well as special items from the kitchen including Kobe beef sliders, meatball kebabs, and Bacon Monte Cristo Finger Sandwiches. Young tea-goers will receive a selection of popular kids’ treats and finger foods including Pigs in a blanket, Macaroni and cheese, and Chicken nuggets. Guests may also enjoy the elaborate dessert buffet filled with a Christmas Yule log, fresh fruit tartlets, homemade marshmallows, and more.
Magical Holiday Tea is held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6; Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13; Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20; as well as Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27. Seating times are at 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. The Fire Engine display will be in the courtyard on Fridays, December 5, 12, and 19 and Santa Claus will visit in the lobby on Saturdays, December 6, 13, and 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In the spirit of giving, Top of the Mark invites guests to bring a new toy to donate to the San Francisco Fire Department toy drive. Each guest that brings in a toy will receive a $4.00 discount on the price of tea service. Reservations are required.
Located on the 19th floor of the hotel in the heart of Nob Hill, the world-renowned sky lounge affords a near 360-degree vista of San Francisco with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. These views combined with evening entertainment, a menu of 100 martinis and light bites have made the Top of the Mark one of the most sought-after destinations in the Bay Area.