Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Presents Nutcracker Tea in Partnership with Los Angeles Ballet and TEALEAVES Luxury Teas
Los Angeles Ballet Dancers to Give Special Preview Performance at Each of Four Nutcracker Tea Events in November
The Nutcracker Tea combines the artistry of Los Angeles Ballet dancers with the elegance and beauty of the Waldorf Astoria. In the ballroom, guests will enjoy a special preview performance from The Nutcracker and savor a full High Tea. The menu includes delicacies created by the hotel’s executive chef, Steve Benjamin, and two specially blended, bespoke teas from TEALEAVES, the Vancouver-based luxury tea specialist.
"The beloved annual event has grown from last year's Lobby Lounge installation into our ballroom, where additional guests and their children will have a chance to enjoy this magical holiday experience," explains Peter Bowling, the hotel's managing director. “There will be two services each day at 11 am. and 2 p.m. With seats for up to 150 guests at each service, families can enjoy this special event in an intimate and comfortable setting."
The 2018 LAB Nutcracker Tea features VIP packages starting at $1,000, which include four seats to the tea, photos with the dancers and mystery prize boxes valued at over $100 each. Guests can also choose the Nutcracker Dreams Overnight Experience Package starting at $5,000, which includes the above, as well as an overnight stay for four, valet parking and a LAB Nutcracker Ballet Bag filled with exciting gifts including a decorated and signed pointe shoe, or guests can choose the exclusive $15,000 package which includes a seating at a table for ten.
“We are delighted to officially kick-off the holiday season in Los Angeles with our Nutcracker Tea and bring Los Angeles Ballet’s holiday tradition to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills,” said Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, Los Angeles Ballet Co-Artistic Directors. “The tea has been a wonderful opportunity over the past several years for families to create new holiday memories, while enjoying Tchaikovsky’s beloved music.”
General admission tickets for the Nutcracker Tea are $125 for adults and $50 for children. Children will be treated to a crafts area, where they will also enjoy dance lessons from the ballet's stars, while parents will find a special holiday bazaar filled with unique gift ideas. Everyone will get to taste TEALEAVES' bespoke teas, the Nutcracker Black Tea and the Organic Sugar Plum Fairy Blend.
That special collaboration with TEALEAVES is a labor of love, as the company's CEO Lana Sutherland explains. "This project is about celebrating the idea that true craftsmanship is the gift of quality time from the maker to the recipient. To create the Nutcracker and Organic Sugar Plum Fairy blends, we created multiple variations to perfect the recipes. It becomes a game of balance and blending to create the perfect palate for this perfect holiday celebration."
A portion of each ticket is earmarked to support Los Angeles Ballet's mission to ensure that the finest of classical and contemporary dance will continue to be an integral part of Southern California's performing arts culture.
Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at www.waldorfastoria.com.
About Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills:
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts' first new build on the West Coast and second California property, joining the legendary Waldorf Astoria portfolio of now 26 hotels and resorts. The hotel's 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites are part of a world-class, Art Deco- influenced design created by renowned interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon, Inc. (PYR). World-class dining can be discovered at the hotel with three venues created by the legendary French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten: the elegant Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, the chef's signature restaurant, as well as The Rooftop by JG and Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Bar. Helmed by a top-notch team of culinary experts hand picked by Vongerichten and including Executive Chef Steve Benjamin of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon fame, the chefs are committed to sourcing foods locally whenever possible and a cornerstone of the menus in all the food and beverage offerings at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The hotel also features 6,300 square feet of meeting spaces, perfect for social events, corporate meetings or gala celebrations.
The property recently won the Forbes Five-Star Award, and was named best new hotel on the Travel + Leisure 2018 It List, 2018 Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” Awards, and by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com.
About Los Angeles Ballet
Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company in thirteen seasons, presenting over 40 productions encompassing 70 works, including 18 commissioned world premieres. Los Angeles Ballet ‘tours’ throughout LA County, regularly appearing at four venues. Since its inception in 2006, LAB’s Power of Performance (POP!) program has provided thousands of free tickets to underserved or disadvantaged children, seniors, veterans, and their families. LAB's A Chance to Dance Community Days outreach program was launched in October 2012.
Established in 1994, TEALEAVES is one of the very few tea blenders in the world, known for crafting the highest quality teas in small batches by hand. TEALEAVES strives for perfection, driven by the never-ending quest to make the perfect cup of tea. With the philosophy of inspiring creativity and connections through the art of blending, TEALEAVES has gripped the hearts and minds of five-star hotels and Michelin Star chefs, worldwide, as their tea brand of choice for over two decades. Sourcing ingredients from over 90 countries and keeping only 1% of the tea leaves presented to them from the world's highest grade gardens, TEALEAVES hopes to stay people’s “cup of tea” for generations to come, whether in a five-star environment or in the luxury of one’s home. More information is available at TEALEAVES.com.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. In addition to the brand’s renowned hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a best-in-class residential portfolio, including 15 properties either open or in development, that provide the comfort of a private home combined with the unsurpassed amenities and legendary service of Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.Download Article Photos