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September 1, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

The Merrion’s New Art-Tea Additions Will Have Art Lovers Licking their Lips

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Dublin, Ireland—reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Remember being dragged to art museums as a child and being told over and over again to “look not touch?” Well The Merrion, with their playful, art-loving Art Tea afternoons, will give guests a chance to not only view the five-star hotel’s art-collection, but eat it as well.

Inspired by great artists and works from around the world, The Merrion’s Art-Tea staff has created eatable versions of beloved classics. Always adding to their collection, the Merrion has recently introduced three new and delicious pieces. The new delicacies, crafted by in-house Executive Chef Ed Cooney and Master Pastry Chef Paul Kelly, are artistic interpretations of Pauline Bewick’s Path Moorea, Mainie Jellett’s Madonna and Child and John Doherty’s The Old Fox.

John Doherty’s The Old Fox is transformed into a vibrant green apple macaroon, perfectly matching the color of the painting’s garage door while warding off reckless drivers with a miniature ‘No Parking’ sign. Meanwhile the Tahitian landscape of Path Moorea has been cleverly interpreted into a ‘Chocolate Trinity’ of lime and white chocolate Chantilly, dark chocolate cream and vanilla chocolate cream. The finishing touch? Two mini chocolate palm trees.

Finally, Mainie Jellett’s Madonna and Child is characterized by its bright, cubist brushstrokes in blue and orange, which is translated into a passion fruit and orange cheesecake, protected by wafer thin white chocolate panels with striped in the same colors.

Now all you have to is pick your favorite…and yes, this time you get to do more than just look.

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