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September 16, 2015, Shanghai - The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong collaborates with GODIVA, Belgium premium chocolate brand presents the “Sablés Fine Butter Biscuits Collection Chocolate Afternoon Tea” for gourmets and chocolate lovers, the delicious taste of which will introduce an honorable and unique chocolate experience.

“2015 GODIVA Sablés Fine Butter Biscuits Collection” is inspired by travel and adventure, and its exquisite package (balloons in the blue sky) is enlightened by French adventure novelist Jules Verne. On event day, the charming modern artistic Scena on the 52nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is decorated as a gourmet adventure wonderland. Colorful mini balloons are interspersed in this restaurant located in the beautiful Huangpu river scenery, creating an unparalleled intoxicating atmosphere. Sablés vintage blue matches harmoniously with the immense sky out of the Scena’s windows. The special customized balloon-shaped tea trays filled with fourteen types of delicate Sablés fine butter biscuits inspired pastries as well as desserts, savories and drinks, bring rich sensual pleasure and a new taste experience to guests.

This pleasing and mouthwatering afternoon tea set has been jointly presented by Mr. Philippe Daue (GODIVA Chef Chocolatier – Pacific Rim & China), Mr. Sandro Gamba (Executive Chef of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong) and Mr. Jean-luc Vasseur (Executive Pastry Chef of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong). Sablé is a European shortbread cookie, the French name “Sablés” means “sands”, accurately describing its sandy texture, made with granulated sugar, flour and butter. With its crispy, tender, perfect cakery and hence dedicates the name to the distinctive crumbly texture. Based on Sablés, the three chefs specially chose high quality ingredients and chocolate to create the unique flavor. Decadent and dark chocolate is a celebration of the beauty and intensity of Africa. Macadamia nuts matching with spicy ginger transport you to cozy Oceania. Fine and smooth almond sponge cake and caramel salt have a strong European flavor. The delicate matcha tea infuses this delightful pastry with the distinctive flavors of Asia. Rich caramelized pecan nuts and chunky chocolate chips mark an ode to Americana. Through various fine ingredients, the chefs lead everyone to start a journey of sense - Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Americana.

“We have developed a series of delicate and attractive desserts from Sablés Fine Butter Biscuits Collection and retained the original taste of these specially selected ingredients and given new inspiration to the exquisite desserts.” Mr. Philippe Daue (GODIVA Chef Chocolatier – Pacific Rim & China) said, “This chocolate afternoon tea set includes all the tasty biscuits of Sablés Fine Butter Biscuits Collection to bring a new taste bud experience and create a delicate balance between delicacy and attractiveness. Each biscuit is covered with a layer of the high quality Belgium chocolate and supplemented with butter flavor crispy pastries. Every mouthful is a great enjoyment. We’d like to show you Belgium tradition and exquisite handcraft of GODIVA through offering this series of this chocolate afternoon tea.”

“I am very glad to cooperate with Chef Philippe from GODIVA Chocolatier, to contribute cooking enthusiasm and creativity in the chocolate afternoon tea. In the whole process of cooperation, we combined our respective professional knowledge and cooking skills on high-quality chocolate and also enjoyed this process. I believe the new chocolate afternoon tea set can bring joy and surprise to guests and let them indulge in a romantic feeling.” Said by Mr. Sandro Gamba, Executive Chef of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong.

“Sablés Fine Butter Biscuits Collection Chocolate Afternoon Tea” will be available at Scena on the 52nd of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong from Saturday to Sunday (from October 24, 2015 to January 3, 2016). It is worth mentioning that it’s the first time of GODIVA along with five hotels from The Ritz-Carlton at one time for joint promotion, besides the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, the Sable chocolate afternoon tea collaboration will be available at the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, the Ritz-Carlton Chengdu and the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen at the same time. Chocolate lovers can enjoy this exquisite and unforgettable gourmet journey in the above Ritz-Carlton hotels in the period.