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A time travel through decades of chocolate decadence inspired by Collection Anniversary

CHENGDU, China – May 6, 2016 - The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu will be collaborating with GODIVA, the premium Belgian Chocolate brand who celebrates its 90th birthday this year, for a very special Afternoon Tea set. Together, we will be combining the Belgian tradition of delectable chocolates and a culinary experience provided by the hotel, to create a gastronomical experience for chocolate and dessert lovers alike.  The GODIVA 90th Anniversary Afternoon Tea commences on May, 2016 and will be available until August, 2016 at the Lobby Lounge located at The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu.

The 90th Anniversary Afternoon Tea set reminisces the milestones throughout the last 9 decades of the Belgian chocolatier.  Introducing the Collection Anniversaries, eight iconic pieces of chocolate and a brand new flavor to celebrate 90 years will be included in the set, bringing guests on a unique time travel through the decades.

A delicious meeting of the past and present, the collection that is both sweetly nostalgic and at the cutting edge of chocolate and design innovation; is created to honor the brand’s 90th anniversary.  The stunningly designed afternoon tea set menu is designed together with The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu’s Executive  Chef Conrado Tromp and Executive  Pastry Chef Benny Cai, and GODIVA’s Chef Chocolatier, China and Pacific Rim, Philippe Daue, to invite guests to indulge in the heritage of GODIVA.

  • The GODIVA story began in 1926, when the inspirational Belgian chocolatier Pierre Draps created his very first pralines. Each creation is a precious taste of history and has its own fascinating tale to tell, interpreted into bites throughout the travel through time in each of sweet delights, starting with the Dark & White Chocolate Barquette using the signature Lady Noir, 1926, served in a chocolate tartlet shell with sacher sponge, white chocolate and Madagascar vanilla cream, topped with dark chocolate cream.
  • Skipping to a few years later, the Chocolate Coffee Verrine, featuring Signature Lait, 1939, presents a moist sponge cake topped with milk chocolate chantilly, milk chocolate jelly, and coffee cremeux.
  • Featured Noblesse, 1959, the Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Dacquoise, uses a vanilla tartlet shell filled with hazelnut Dacquoise, milk chocolate Chantilly and crispy praline feuilletine, transports you back in time to the elegant 50s.
  • GODIVA is unstoppable at this point, celebrating a proud year, being appointed by the Royal Court of Belgium as their official Chocolatier, the Chocolate Caramel Cupcake represents, headlining this treat with the Ecusson,1968, a chocolate cupcake is created, garnished with caramel cremeux and milk chocolate disk.
  • The afternoon tea turns into a savoury discoteque of the new century, the Mousse Meringue Lemon Tartlet, featured Mousse Meringue, 2015, brings you refreshing Vanilla tartlet shell with lemon biscuit, adding a touch of white chocolate lemon Chantilly and french meringue sticks, melting hearts of many.
  • Honouring GODIVA’s Belgian heritage and tradition of fine handcraftsmanship, this afternoon tea set is complemented with a refreshing Raspberry Chocolate Chips Scones, inspired by this year’s brand new creation, Egérie Noir.
  • Together with Godiva Chocolate Drink and Raspberry Rose White Chocolate Frappé, this afternoon tea set leads you into a journey of pure indulgence.

“Preserving the legacy of GODIVA’s chocolates through the Collection Anniversaire is imperative. Chef Conrado and Chef Benny are tremendously experienced, working together, we were about to concoct masterpieces that culminates how tradition and imagination can artfully come together”, says Chef Philippe Daue, GODIVA Chocolatier.

“This is the second time we are collaborating with Chef Philippe Daue and his team at GODIVA, we have truly enjoyed every step of the way,” said The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu’s Pastry Executive Chef Benny Cai. “Chef Philippe is exceptionally knowledgeable about chocolates. The Collection anniversary brings so much authenticity to Belgian chocolates. Working with the collection is both challenging and eye-opening at the same time. I have chosen to present this afternoon tea set using the most premium ingredients. Along with our creativity and the quality ingredients used, we are dedicated to impressing our guests with this heavenly and symbolic afternoon tea set.”

GODIVA’s 90th Anniversary Afternoon will be available from May, 2016 to August, 2016 at the Lobby Lounge of The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu. Moreover, all the gourmets will also get indulged in The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing, Financial Street, The Ritz-Carlton Tianjin, The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou and The Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen with this afternoon tea set.

About The Lobby Lounge

An ideal venue in which to experience The Ritz-Carlton’s famously-elegant hospitality. Enjoy unforgettably-comfortable seating and the Lounge’s unique bronze-and-purple décor while you partake of a traditional afternoon tea service or sample one of The Ritz-Carlton’s signature cocktails.

Seats: 90
Level: 25

Opening Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 9:00 – 23:30
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 – 0:30
Afternoon Tea:  14:00 – 17:00

About Benny Cai , Executive  Pastry Chef, The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu

Academic experience from pastry colleges in Kulmbach, Germany, Tokyo and Dubai, with over 16 years of pastry and baker experience. Guests across the luxury industry are always impressed by his delicate party art, which showcases outstanding presentations and rich tastes.