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Renee's Bio

Renee Kelly started pre-med at Texas A&M before realizing that cooking was her true passion. She switched gears to attend the Art Institute of Houston and worked at country clubs and resorts before finally moving back to Kansas to start up her own catering company. After 11 years of catering, she opened her own restaurant, Renee Kelly’s Harvest, featuring an approachable upscale farm-to-table menu situated in a historic neighborhood castle. Every dish she creates is prepared according to the seasonal twists and turns of the Kansas climate.  With a 20 year background in hospitality and working with farmers, the community and soil, Renée has broadened her career across the globe.

Approach

“When the concept of a meal comes from a true heart, has pride, passion and love, beginning from the seed and soil, it just tastes better. The earth provides us with anything we need at any given point in time for optimum health, nutrition and flavor.”

 Creative Process

For Renée, cooking is sensory, food is energy, it is a gift. Most creations start in the garden. “Seeing the colors and breathing in the aromas of fresh ingredients are all the inspiration I need,” she says. “From there, the flavors come together.”

Renee Recommends:

Turmeric Teas: A very popular cooking spice in many different parts of the world and particularly in South Asia, Turmeric is a root in the ginger family and is bright yellow in color. It has been used a as a natural form of medicine for thousands of years and is particularly known for its anti-inflamatory health beneifts. It can be consumed in various forms including Tea! KC Tea Company now offers two turmeric blends: Golden Rooibos and the Golden Pu-erh.


Cold Brews:
KC summers get humid and HOT!  We need to cool down. We need refreshment.  KC Tea Company knows Iced Tea is the answer. We selected four premium, cold brew, teas to provide that refreshment you are looking for in the summer months.  Each KC themed tea is a unique combination of tea, herbs spices, and floral notes, blended for the summer.  We hope you enjoy these new cold brew blends: Pineapple on the Plaza, Rhythm on Vine, Roses in the Park, and Fountains of Blue. My personal favorites are the Pineapple on the Plaza and Rhythm on Vine!


Masala Chai:
 Nothing is more invigorating than a cup of the Masala Chai. Bursting in a rich, aromatic favor, this blend is a concoction of black tea with many different spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. The spices used in this blend are well known in Ayurveda for its many health benefits. 

 

Golden Rooibos

Type:  Herbal tea

Description: A lively cup will awaken your senses and fulfill your body with natural ingredients of organic honeybush, rooibos, turmeric, cinnamon whole pepper, ginger, and honeybee pollen.

Steep: 212 degrees 5 mins

$11.00$80.00Add to Cart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Pineapple on the Plaza

Type: Green (Cold Brew)

Imagine a warm summer day spent shopping and dining on the avenues of the Spanish architectured Country Club Plaza. Admire the chic fashion and decadent fare of the City while enjoying Pineapple on the Plaza

Ingredients: Green Tea, Pineapple bits, shredded coconut, vanilla.       

$11.00$20.00Add to Cart

 

                                                                                                                                                                              

Assorted Gift Box

Type: Assorted

Share the gift of gourmet tea with this beautiful assortment of 9 of our bestselling loose leaf teas. Perfect to try for yourself or to give as a gift, the teas are beautifully packaged in glass test tubes in a wooden cigar gift box. It also comes with a tea infuser.     

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Golden Pu-erh

Type: Pu-erh

Description: Enjoy the elegance of Pu-erh with this ayurvedic turmeric blend.  Notes of organic orange peel and cocoa nibs complement this inviting tea.

Steep: 195 degrees 3-5 mins

        

$11.00$80.00Add to Cart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Masala Chai

Type: Black

Description: Black Tea with Organic Ginger Root, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Green Cardamom and Natural Cinnamon, Ginger and Vanilla Flavoring        


           Steep at 212 degrees for 3-5 mins     

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Rhythm on Vine

Kansas Citians pride themselves for a Jazz music heritage which has been brewed up at the corner of 18th and Vine for generations. Rhythm on Vine is an homage to the riffs of creativity and splendor on display among the artists and musicians of our Jazz district

Ingredients: Black Tea, marigold, safflower with passion fruit and raspberry flavor      

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