Tea is for drinking to be sure, but what about tea for eating?

We are a nation of tea drinkers; have we ever considered utilising tea beyond our cuppa?

Mahaweli Reach guests from the hotel, Kandy and beyond savored a 4-Course dinner highlighting tea in every course prepared by guest Chefs Austin Yancey and Dustin Freund, Chicago USA, as they presented the winning menu from a first ever "Cooking with Tea Competition" held in Chicago, developed and sponsored by Napoleona Tea (

The evening started off with a welcome cocktail "Ceylon Silver Tip Tea Martini" created by the chefs while here in Sri Lanka. Chef Dustin's winning Tea menu highlighted a starter of Tiger Prawn, with Green Apple and Gruyere showcasing Ceylon Chai Tea in the preparation, followed by Watermelon Gazpacho with Seared Tuna, Watermelon and Mint showcasing Silver Tip Tea, then entree of Lamb, Couscous and Zucchini Blossoms showcasing Ceylon Black Tea. Dessert featured a unique tea infused Goat Cheese, Cherry, Cashew Nut and Treacle presentation showcasing Earl Grey Tea, which received rave reviews from the VIP guests who attended this special evening event.

Noted guest Bill Campbell, "This dinner is a creative example of what can be done with famed Ceylon teas, and with such flair. I applaud this concept and these wonderfully talented guest chefs. Bravo!"

Founder and owner of Napoleona Tea, Thresa Griffin, explained, "Tea is the world's most popular beverage after water, and the Napoleona Tea Competition honors the tradition and quality of Ceylon Teas. Chefs Austin and Dustin are here in Sri Lanka on one of our 7 day Tea Tours to expand their own experience with local teas, and create further recipes for us all to enjoy. Further, our representative in Sri Lanka, Bernard Holsinger, was invaluable with the myriad details. We could not be more pleased with the success of this premier dinner at Mahaweli Reach and the efforts of so many to make this event such a wonderful experience for all."


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