HRH The Queen and Duchess Catherine, clinking teacups together in the parlour of Buckingham Palace. They've come together for some petits fours and English Breakfast as an excuse to coo over the gurgling Prince George. The corgies have even delighted us with their presence, and are milling about nibbling the remnants of buttermilk scones that Prince William has been pacing about with, leaving a Hansel and Gretel trail from the door to the cupcake stand.
High tea is the excuse we all need to address our inner lady. It's undeniably pleasant to get dolled up in our lace gloves and finery, and sip ceylon, while nibbling on crustless cucumber sandwiches and discussing the weather. We all love to imagine ourselves as Princess Kate hosting a High Tea, basking in the reflected light from the three-tier cake stand. Bliss, amirite?
Danielle Rizk also loves High Tea. However, she noticed that there was a price and an attitude adjustment to pay when you went along to one – most being a snooty, formal occasion, not a fun event to eat cake and enjoy tea. She didn't want to give up on the pleasures of high tea, so instead of resorting to Betty Crocker and some Lipton Black at home, she sought to bring High Tea down to earth, for the people. And what better way than to combine the liquid nectar with the silky, illest beats, thus creating the awesome hybrid of Hip Hop High Tea.
So it was that Rizk took on her alter-ego MzRizk, hustled up with her baking buddy, Lousy Oracle, and together they formulated a menu and a playlist celebrating the mouths of the south. Hosting their first Hip Hop High Tea in June of this year, the fates aligned and they sold out quicker than you can say RUN DMC.
After such success, Rizk has decided to host four of these Hip Hop High Teas every year, with the next rolling around on October 5th. The first event stuck to scones and jam, but this time she's teamed up with head chef from Horse Bazaar, Takako Enomoto, to pair a japanese-inspired tapas menu with a range of oolongs, lapsangs and rosehips sourced from the Orient itself. Guests can expect to sample delicious food, while trying up to 5 different flavours of tea. Between food, De La Soul and tea there will be a performance by Bboy TOFU and MC Muma Doesa. Every now and then, Rzik will heist the mike to talk tea – where they're from, why she chose them, and where they can be purchased. As for the hip hop, don't expect Minaj's booty to edge onto the eclairs, it's all 80s and 90s funk – with some modern underground injections too.
Hip Hop High Tea is expected to sell out once again, so if you want to grab a spot next to J Dilla and Princess Bea, make sure you book a spot. Also, they're super accomodating for those of us who find some foods freaky like an Ice T comeback album, with vegan and gluten-free options available.
Hip Hop High Tea
TUL Note: Ella Stening is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia. She can be found compensating for her addiction to eating out and drinking lots of wine by writing about it all over the web. Or with her cat, Louis.
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