|The 2015 Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown Tea Party.|
It's a mixed crowd: a few people from work, some TV writers, a few novelists, many of whom don't know each other except for this party. Altogether, it runs about two dozen people, some who come every time, some for whom it is the first time, some who have no interest in the horses at all, but all looking for a pleasant afternoon.
This year we had the added thrill of an actual Triple Crown winner when American Pharoah pulled five and a half lengths ahead of his nearest rival to cross the finish line.
|Erin Maher took time from her busy schedule working on Scream to provide horse cookies.|
The menu for the tea varies from year to year. There are always scones, lemon curd, and when possible, Devon cream for which we pay dearly. I gave half a thought to trying to make it myself, but I decided to spring for the stuff in the refrigerator section of Gelson's instead. Lemon curd isn't that hard to make, but I've been lucky to have Susan Ellison make it for me in the past. This year, she couldn't make the party, but I found some so I could concentrate on making sure I got the Ticky-boo scones made. They were lovely as always.
|Leek quiche and some cucumber, ham, and salmon tea sandwiches.|
|T Sandwiches ala Chris on the lower left, along with some other selections of sandwiches and a Tia Maria cake.|
|Susan's smoked turkey spread in the lower part of the photograph.|