After a delicious meal in the countryside of the South of France, an herbal tisane or “tea” service is prepared tableside. Fresh mint, basil, and lemongrass are gracefully snipped with scissors by a gentleman wearing white gloves then steeped in boiling hot water. Each sip of the herbal tisane is fresh and bright making for a beautiful end to the evening. This was the experience of owners Nancy Zimmer and Randall Selland had while spending time at a Provence inn.
An herbal tisane is a beverage made from an infusion of herbs, spices, and other botanicals in hot water that does not contain caffeine. Very similar to tea, although a tisane does not contain tea leaves. Many of the herbs are soothing and have digestive benefits and helpful at the end of an extravagant meal.
The herbal tisane was something Nancy had never experienced before, she loved it so much knew she had to bring this experience to The Kitchen for all guests to enjoy. She engaged the help of her daughter-in-law, Gina Nelson, and they developed an herbal tisane menu. Every dinner at The Kitchen ends with an herbal tisane service similar to the one Zimmer had in France
Guests at The Kitchen may choose from a custom blend with their choice of ingredients, or opt for a blend on our herbal tisane menu listed below. Fresh locally grown herbs, spices, and botanicals are cut, muddled, peeled, or pressed then placed into teapots with hot water. Each teapot of the herbal infusion is served to guests tableside and the purity of the tisanes can be enjoyed with each sip. This is a wonderfully unique way to conclude an evening spent together.
Mint, Basil, Lemongrass
Lavender, Thyme, Lemongrass
Chamomile, Lemongrass, Lime Zest
Mint, Ginger, Lemon Zest, Lime Zest
Rosemary, Mint, Ginger, Orange Zest
Cilantro, Mint, Lime Zest