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Russian Tea

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Please note that as of Friday, February 24th tickets for this event have officially


The Elgin History Museum is presenting a Russian Tea on Sunday, March 5 from noon to 2 pm. The event will feature tea, fresh baked pastries and savory bites, vodka samples, and guest speakers Chef Douglas Yeomans, discussing Russian cuisine, and Music Historian Jim Kendros, sharing his insights about Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, to be performed by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra later that day at Hemmens. The Museum’s exhibits will be open and souvenirs from Russian trips to Elgin’s former sister city, Belgorod, will be on display courtesy of Steve Stroud. The menu, prepared by Chef Yeomans of Tarragon Catering, includes:  Vodka dill house-cured salmon on toasted Rubschlager rye garnished with quick pickled cucumber onion salad and horseradish-infused crème fraiche; slow braised traditional borscht shooters with cabbage and roasted beets and garnished with crème fraiche and dill; classic Russian lemon poppy tea cake and lemon honey infused farmer’s cheese stuffed Moldovan flatbreads garnished with a homemade black currant compote and sweet cream.  The event is a program of Passport to Russia, a collaboration of the Gail Borden Public Library and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.  Music Director Andrew Grams and others from the ESO and the Library will be in attendance.

Executive Chef Douglas Yeomans comes to the table with over 25 years of high end culinary experience.  He has worked with many celebrity chefs throughout his career as well as catering to a multitude of celebrities and corporate power houses. Chef has also been a professional culinary instructor for over 7 years. Chef Doug is classically trained in French cuisine and owner of Tarragon Catering. As a well-known public speaker in the Chicagoland area, Jim Kendros has lectured for corporations, community centers, libraries, senior facilities, and groups of all kinds.  In addition to leading the ESO Listeners Club, Mr. Kendros is the Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Lake Forest Symphony and the Northbrook Symphony. He is also a composer and performer on piano and rare period instruments.  For more information, visit jimkendrosmusic.com

Passport to Russia, is a fun and informative programs exploring Russian culture presented by the Gail Borden Public Library, The Elgin History Museum and others, all designed to enhance your enjoyment at Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) concerts during their 2016-17 season.  The ESO is presenting a Russian composer on each of their Classics Series concerts, which include works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and more.  Program participants must note their attendance at a class/event on a “Passport” available online at Gailborden.info/Russia, and at Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts. Anyone who attends at least five (5) programs, which may include four (4) ESO concerts, will be invited to a reception, backstage tour and open rehearsal at the Hemmens Cultural Center on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  Completed passports must be presented at that time with a name and email address and will be included in the grand prize drawing. One grand prize winner and guest will have a special lunch with ESO Music Director Andrew Grams.


March 5
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm