Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tea and Spice at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Tealchemy's debut was hot and cool, like a day and night in the Gobi Desert. Over 1200 people attended the evening. We served tribute oolongs that night, teas reserved for royalty that rarely traveled far along the Silk Road: Milan Dancong from Guandong Province and Wuyi Yan Cha from Fujian.

The tent we had custom built for our catering was erected for the first time in Samsung Hall and intention met elegance to set the scene.

The set of five cups on the bamboo mat were poured first as the fulfillment of each guest's wish in the form of the five elements: space, air, fire, water and earth. Throughout the night these cups were poured over again and again as the laughter spilled out of the tent, ricocheting off of marble walls and floors.

Lovely tea maidens kept things flowing for those lounging outside the tent...

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