Petality: 2014 “Hottest Kitchen Challenge” Winner!

Petality: 2014 “Hottest Kitchen Challenge” Winner!

Greetings, We are pleased to announce that Petality won 1st Place in the 2014 “HottestKitchenChallenge!”  Judged by 6 accomplished food and beverage industry professionals, the competition was recently hosted in Indianapolis by sponsors Reliable Water Services and Ivy Tech Corporate College & Culinary Center. Andrea and I shared with the judges our vision, our mission, and of course, our most beautiful beverages.  As we expected, the natural beauty of flowers swept the judges off their feet.  Criteria assessed were (1) taste (2) appearance (3) creativity and (4) marketability.  After sharing our beautiful Organic Flower Tisanes – authentically brewed and delicately sweetened – and the worlds only Organic Palm Flower Soda – nutritious and pure – Petality was announced winner.  We are humbled and very grateful. In addition to receiving the collective confidence of the judges and witnessing the many smiling faces of those who tried our tisanes and soda, some of the best parts of the day were hearing the diverse stories of people who enjoyed Petality beverages after the competition… For example, there was one gentleman who, as he enjoyed our beverages, recounted to us his experience growing up around authentic flower tisanes.  He smiled as he recalled the delicious hibiscus, jasmine, and chrysanthemum tisanes his mother, originally from China, would make.  I enjoyed his comment that, though much of the crowd seemed to think our beverages were novel, he was not surprised in the least to see us bringing such truly traditional flower beverages to the forefront.  From the experience of his upbringing, graced with the respectful traditions, health knowledge, and culture of his mother, he knew...
When life gives you flowers.

When life gives you flowers.

Hello! My name is Andrea, co-founder of Petality along with my brother, John.  I am the Vice President and Stewardess of Finance for Petality, but I also help out however I can in many other ways, too!  I have a passion for what is truly beautiful, and flowers are one of the things that I believe God created for us to have a glimpse into His creative beauty.  Our beverages uniquely capture the essence of pure organic flowers, as we craft each drink to showcase the taste and smell of a single type of flower that has natural health benefits to offer. I was inspired to write my first blog post at the dawning of the garage sale-ing “season” several weekends ago…  Sometimes the most profound lessons are the simplest and often come through the examples of children.  As I was out visiting some local garage sales, I encountered two lemonadestands hosted by some budding young entrepreneurs.  That may sound fairly commonplace, but their passion and simple, genuine excitement to share their homemade lemonade resonated with me as I thought about Petality and enjoyed their beverages throughout the day.  I was reminded afresh of our own whole-hearted passion to share our refreshing, healthy, premium flower beverages.  My new friends were even kind enough to let me take my picture with them!   The thought of a simple lemonade stand has popped into my head quite a few times recently.  They involve the basics of developing your mission, gathering your resources, the production process, advertising, accounting for your gains and costs, and of course a necessary whole-hearted commitment to sit out under the hot...
Petality: “Champion of Pollinators”

Petality: “Champion of Pollinators”

As you say goodbye to another “National Pollinator Week” – say hello to an exciting new year of championing pollinators. Hi everyone, Good news! Though the plight of pollinators still remains, there is also an increasingly significant mobilization of efforts on their behalf. As you may know, Petality is a “Champion of Pollinators,” taking up their cause for both their good and ours.  Whether you care about pollinators as creatures, you feel the responsibility of stewardship, or you recognize the necessary eco-services pollinators provide to the human race, you have reason to take notice and take action on their behalf. We all do. The importance of pollinators to our existence cannot easily be overstated. If you’re not up to speed on the role of pollinators, the crisis they face, and how it affects us, check out the “Champion of Pollinators” page of our website.  There you can also learn Petality’s Action Plan for championing pollinators. With the coming and going of the 8th “National Pollinator Week,” check out this year’s Proclamation by the USDA and consider the reasons given for the national celebration.  If you missed National Pollinator Week, don’t worry.  Though it’s the week that the USDA asks Americans to “celebrate the vital significance of pollinators with appropriate observances and activities,” your involvement is still needed all year!  As the festivities wane – let the work of many begin and may the work of others continue. Coming soon, I’ll begin sharing consolidated loads of resources for your knowledge and use. Educated action is the goal.  We’ll survey key facts to know and use when educating others, key organizations involved, and tangible ways...
Time to bloom.

Time to bloom.

The time has come for the world’s first and only organic flower beverage company to bloom. Ever has there been a story told worth telling where the adventure to unfold was fully known from the beginning? I don’t believe so.  Not known by us, that is. Though buds may whisper promises of beauty yet to come, my heart can scarcely take it in when the promises are done.  Glory concealed is always out-shined by glory revealed, and so the future in our time-bound world always leaves me breathless in view of the providential past.  And humbled. Hi. My name is John Burkhardt, and that’s a glimpse into my life. It’s also a glimpse into the beginnings of something special.  I’m humbled to be writing now in the future we have awaited for quite a time.  With this post to our blog and the publishing of our website is the official debut of our company: Petality. Petality is the world’s first and only organic flower beverage company.  It’s quite a claim, I realize, but nonetheless: we are thrilled to unveil the world’s finest flower tisanes and flower soda.    You can read twenty of our reasons for making this claim with such confidence here.  But even more, we think your experience with the drinks themselves will leave you in wholehearted agreement. Perhaps you’re not familiar with the culinary enjoyment and amazing benefits of flowers.  That’s alright!  Before our adventures began, we weren’t either!  Welcome! It will be our pleasure to guide you. Or, perhaps you are familiar with a more full experience of flowers.  If so, surely you’d agree that...