Andrew's Top 5 For Chicago: #2 Rare Tea Cellar
At Rare Tea Cellar, Rodrick Markus Pursues Only The Very Best
Rodrick Markus' life has been the pursuit of the rare and unusual.
Under My Host: Crafthouse
Sitting in with us is rockstar bartender and Crafthouse co-founder, Charles Joly. Our guest host is Rare Tea Cellar founder, Rare Botanical Bitters Co. co-founder, and "Truffle Fairy", Rod Markus.
Bitters A Sweet Practice For Pair's New Company
It was only a matter of time before the dealer and the addict decided to go into business together. All they needed was a product. And then it hit them: truffles.
Pass The Truffle Bitters: Adam Seger and Rodrick Markus Star Bitter Biz
Can we officially declare
Rodrick Markus' tenure as the best-kept secret on Chicago's culinary scene over?
16 Food Artisans You Need To Know From Around The U.S.
There is so much more hiding in the magical warehouse that is Rare Tea Cellar, where truffles, oils, syrups and curiosities like flavor pearls line the shelves.
Rod Markus of Rare Tea Cellar is a certifiable tea ninja, and he's stocked with some of the most beautiful, exotic and top-notch teas on the market.
Barrel-Aged Tea Is The Latest Frontier For Your Mug
Markus makes a piney, smok-y and lush Willet Rye barrel-aged lapsang souchong called Forbidden Forest. It evokes that teenage summer when you stole a bottle of booze and made out with your crush from across the lake.
Bizarre Foods America: Chicago's Cutting Edge
The inside of Rare Tea Cellar looks like a combination of a mad scientist's laboratory and what could have been Indiana Jones' storage space.
Rodrick Markus imports high end teas & find chefs' tough-to-acquire ingredients.
What We're Reading
Time Out Chicago: Here's what happens when a top chef needs hundreds of edible maple leaves. Pronto.
11 Chicago Food Specialists You
Need To Know
There is so much more than tea hiding in the magical warehouse known as Rare Tea Cellar.
Behind the Menu
Dave Beran, the chef of Next, called Rodrick Markus, an importer, master tea blender and the owner of Rare Tea Cellar, Inc "Do you have a line on [Japanese] maple leaves?" ...
Rare Tea Cellar
Opens Online Store
If you're a tea drinker, we suggest you hide your credit card in the freezer - this store is dangerous...
Rare Tea Cellar Launches Online Gourmet Marketplace
Rod Markus pops up at events and markets all year promoting his well-sourced higher-end tea from his Rare Tea Cellar. But now you have the chance to get the good sent directly to you...
Andrew Zimmern on
Why He Loves Chicago
He's spending time with Rod Markus at Rare Tea Cellar and seeing how Phillip Foss incorporates tea into dishes...
Rare Tea Cellar Brings Its Culinary Secrets to the Masses
Rodrick Markus has been making your favorite restaurants taste better for years. Now he's doing the same for your pantry...
Stock Your Pantry with Rare Tea Cellar
Internet market places do funny things to the brain. Rare Tea Cellar's just-launched foodie fantasyland is no exception...
Cool Wares for
Coffee and Tea
Serve it hot or on the rocks: Rare Tea Cellar Lemon Berry Meritage...
Dose, a Fusion
Market in Chicago
Rare Tea Cellar, which provides tea consultations for restaurants like the Publican and NoMI Kitchen...
|The saison ale uses Rodrick's "Emperor's Lemon Meritage," with a shandy-like flavor that resulted in moniker, "Sai-Shan-Tea...|
Besides sourcing exceptional talent, Seger obtained edible flowers from
Chef's Garden, as well as the fruit pearls and rose petals from Rare Tea
Tea It Up
Blame it on Alice. As we await Tim Burton's sure-to-be eye-popping
interpretation of what Wonderland might look like, our dreams (or
perhaps they're hallucinations?) are filled with tea...
Reader's Six Degrees
of Cooking Bacon
Purveyors who seem to turn up everywhere you look like Rodrick Markus (Rare Tea Cellar)...
Summit Bar &
Up for Seafood-
Seider's playing around with Tarragon, Lemon Thyme...from the Rare Tea Cellar in Chicago
Park Hyatt D.C.
with a Master
It was spectacular. It
reminded me a bit of Horton's
experience when he first
heard the Who.