NYC: A Six-Course Tea Dinner

I was cleaning through my photo archives this afternoon, trying to figure out how to best organize everything (by date, location?) when I found photos from dinner at In Pursuit of Tea. The six-course tea dinner was one-time event cooked by the French Culinary Institute’s chef-instructor, Melanie Franks. It took place in Feburary and I mentioned purchasing the dinner tickets in this post. Guess I never got around to posting the photos!

A bit delayed but better late than never :)

The dinner was a eye-opener that introduced us to different ways of using tea to cook. Each course featured tea as a key ingredient. And it wasn’t just your normal tea eggs or tea-infused sweets, but crazy awesome things like fried fresh tea leaves, tea tapioca, tea pastas and puff pastries, butter tea broth and so much more. I just received my copy of Culinary Tea in the mail, so between dinner photos and that cookbook, I have a feeling there’s will be lots of cooking with tea posts coming soon.

Tea Leaf Tempura – Honey Tempura Batter and Fresh Hawaiian Tea Leaves

Tea-Cured Trout with Tea-Smoked Yogurt, Oranges, Olives, and Garlic Chips

Almond Soup with Jasmine Pearls Tapioca, Sauteed Pears, Salsify, Fresh Pansy Flowers and Basil Oil

Goat Cheese and Matcha Puff Pastry, Arugula and Sunflower Sprouts, Kumquats, and Sencha Dressing

Small tea tasting between some of the courses – pictured above is Sencha

Hojicha Pasta with Egg and Butter-Tea Broth – Parmigiano, Mascarpone, Heirloom Carrots, Potatoes, and Cippolini Onions

Baochong Oolong Sorbet with Lime and Lemon Zest

Lemon Tart with Candied Keemun Tea Leaves and Clotted Cream Ice Cream

  • K and S
    August 1, 2011

    sounds and looks like an amazing event!

  • ragingyoghurt
    August 1, 2011

    what an amazing and beautiful meal. in lieu of anything like this in my immediate vicinity, i might have to go make myself another cup of tea.

  • anonymous
    August 1, 2011

    Matcha dressing is in my future. Love the idea of the butter-tea broth with yummy veggies!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 1, 2011

    Hi Kat! It definitely was! :)Hi RagingYoghurt! Thank you :) Hope you enjoyed the tea! ^_^Hi Soos! Oh man, a matcha dressing sounds like it would be amazing!!

  • miss brooklyn snapshots
    August 1, 2011

    Kathy,I was at this dinner too! Amazing meal, n'est-ce pas ?It is always a pleasure to read your posts: a dessert reference work for me.valrie, Pascal's friend :-)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 1, 2011

    Hi Valrie! That is so funny! I wish I had met you earlier! Where were you sitting at the dinner? Pierre and I was in the front corner away from the door (and pretty much sitting on the heater haha)

  • miss brooklyn snapshots
    August 1, 2011

    I was at the opposite of you, beside the register, freezing a little, it is why i drank too much tea and i had trouble sleeping"Mieux vaut tard que jamais" to meet you and Pierre!

  • alexis
    August 3, 2011

    this looks incredible. I'm not sure what I want more, the oolong sorbet or the almond soup with jasmine pearls tapioca? I love Melanie's dishes and passion for tea. I actually attended a tea and cheese pairing course taught my Melanie/In Pursuit of Tea

  • Music Is Everything Podcast
    August 4, 2011

    Melanie's food is amazing. I was lucky enough to eat at Degustation on a night when she was running the plancha.

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