Stories told through taste
In the world of luxury food & beverage, we tell our stories through taste. Hours are spent perfecting techniques and scouring the world for the best ingredients to add nuance and flavor to these stories.
Tea as Muse
TEALEAVES’ Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy blends served as muse for our Executive Chef and Mixologist friends from major cities worldwide. Let their stories and memories of this classic fairytale dance upon your palate in these tea-infused treats.
4+ hours to depict the Sugar Plum Fairy through dessert
“I abstracted my image of this iconic character into a pink “tutu” and string of pearls on a plate. When tasting the tea, I wanted to balance its sweetness with the tartness of raspberry and the fattiness of mascarpone. It took me 4 tries in total to determine the perfect balance.”
— Pastry Chef Sarah Perrells, Mandarin Oriental Las VegasSEE RECIPE
3+ hours to finesse a dish with charred leek
“I first charred the leeks very slowly until it was nearly petrified. I added the tea to the mix, charred it for another hour, and got it to a nice, rich, dark black color. I wanted to take the time, and do the tea and the plate justice.”
— Executive Sous Chef Marck Banagan, The Palace Hotel San FranciscoSEE RECIPE
16 hours to hand mold sugar ornaments
“We spent a day pouring and molding sugar into the shape of an ornament to use as a glass for the cocktail. We then spent a second day painting and decorating each of the sugar ornaments.”
— Christina Mercado, Grace VanderbiltSEE RECIPE
Discover the Nutcracker near you
Visit a magic castle and celebrate the holidays with delicacies from the Land of Sweets.
A feast for the eyes awaits with these delicious tea-time treats! Discover recipes that bring the Nutcracker to life.