North America – Luxury tea purveyor Tealeaves has teamed up with world authority on colour Pantone to launch a new collection of tea-infused cocktails and food recipes.
Tealeaves challenged 34 celebrated culinary, pastry and mixology artists, including Grant Sceney and two Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt, to create a recipe from scratch using a tea flavour, a Pantone colour and its associated mood.
Hergatt’s dish Celebration of Summer, a tomato nasturtium flower soup, was inspired by organic vanilla rooibos tea, Pantone’s 714C, a lively orange and the mood imaginative. ‘Colour has the ability to draw us in and immediately create an emotional connection to the things we love,’ says Laurie Pressman, vice-president of Pantone Color Institute.
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