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Holiday Tea…Bring on the Brie!

Our Holiday Tea is almost upon us!!!

Join The Empress of Little Rock on Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 p.m for the first annual Holiday Christmas Grand High Tea and Tour of the Hornibrook Mansion. Start  your holiday season in the elegant “Quapaw Quarter” with a tour of the beautiful and elegant “Hornibrook Mansion” now known as The Empress of Little Rock Bed and Breakfast, in the Quapaw Quarter section of Downtown Little Rock.  There will be magical Victorian decorations depicting the 1890’s era of the Hornibrook Mansion, known regionally as “The Grande Dame of the Ozarks” for it’s  elaborate detailed Gothic Queen Anne Architecture.  After an elegant repast of American Grand High Tea, including many refined traditions  lost to us in our modern “technological” world, a detailed history  of the family that took such pleasure in building this amazing architectural triumph and a tour and discussion of 1890’s Christmas traditions will follow.  This is a time to enjoy customs and family values that made us who we are today.  Bring your Granddaughters, yours Mothers, your Grandmothers to experience the joy of an 1880’s Christmas to begin your holiday season.

To celebrate the success of the event, we would like to share on of our favorite tea sandwich recipes with you.  Bob and Sharon have been having tea around the world for years, and though they have had some amazing sandwiches, they still think nothing compares to this Empress original:


Using desired biscuit or cookie cutters, cut shapes from slices of

bread (whole grain, Italian or sourdough)*

Spread one side of each cutout with butter

Spread the unbuttered side of the break cutouts with fig preserves.

Top preserves with a favorite cheese – Brie, white cheddar,

crumbled blue or goat cheese

Top with remaining bread slices, buttered side up

Grill with a panini press or in a skillet, turning once, until cheese

melts and bread is toasted to a golden brown.

Garish with a dollop of preserves and a sprinkle of minced green