Class Schedule for 2014

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Planning a Perfect Tea Celebration, By Lorna Reeves

Lorna-ReevesTime: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Location: Democracy Lab

Want great ideas for your next tea party? Lorna Reeves, editor of TeaTime magazine, will share expert tips and techniques for planning the perfect party. Using Tea Celebrations, the magazine’s newest book, you’ll learn how to craft a magnificent menu, set a beautiful table, and much, much more to make your teatime celebrations truly memorable.

All the Tea in India, By Alex Harney

Alex HarneyTime: 11:15 pm - 12:15 pm
Location: Main Hall: Education Center #2

India is the motherland of diverse teas from some of the world's greatest and most varied tea regions. Tour India's tea worlds and experience the power of rich Assam leaf, the delicacy of rare Darjeelings and the fragrant joy of Nilgiri teas--three of the finest black teas grown anywhere in the world, all wildly different and each uniquely Indian.

Be Healthy, Drink Tea, By Dr. Mary Hardy

Dr Mary HardyTime: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Democracy Forum

We have all heard the health claims about how good tea is for the body and mind but do you know why? Dr. Mary Hardy will blast through the data and explain in laymen terms just how much is fact and how much is fiction. This is a very interesting way to learn more about tea and actually understand what tea is doing to your body and that’s a good thing. 

Oolong Teas By Thomas Shu

Thomas-ShuTime: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Main Hall: Nerio Center

 

Meditation with Tea, By Diana Rosen

Diana-RosenTime: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: Democracy Lab

Take a journey inward to a peaceful respite from the cares of daily life. Learn how the artful practice of meditation with tea can restore your soul, your heart, your mind to a place of inner calm. You already understand that savoring a beautifully prepared cup of tea, fragrant and satisfying, is a practice in pure meditation. Explore how conscious attention---to thought, action and the breath---can widen your practice of meditation and help you achieve deep relaxation. You will leave this class empowered to relieve stress for yourself and for those you love. Delicious Chado teas, specially chosen to enhance these practices, will be served. 

Green Teas from Japan, By Rona Tison

Rona-TisonTime: 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Main Hall: Education Center #2

Explore the expansive world of Japanese green teas- it’s history and many varietals ranging from classic Sencha to Matcha, a ceremonial powdered green tea. Learn the special brewing techniques and proper use of Japanese teaware, along with the many uses of the tea leaves. From various health benefits to beauty and cooking tips, learn to enjoy the ancient tradition of green tea by integrating Japanese tea in today’s modern and busy lifestyle. 

An Introduction to Tea, By Jordan Essey

Jordan-EssayTime: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Location: Democracy Forum

Let’s start at the beginning and see how tea became the most consumed beverage in the world. How is tea like wine? Is all tea black? Is it all grown and processed the same way? So many questions and Jordan Essey  has all the answers. Come and build a good tea knowledge foundation. 

Tea & Cheese, By Robert Wemischner

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Location: Democracy Lab

It’s no surprise that tea and dairy go together so well. A lover of bold flavored foods, Chef Robert Wemischner presents a sampling of cheeses paired with carefully chosen teas. Have you ever tasted a soft goat cheese melting in your mouth when paired with a fresh young green tea? Or a soft ripened triple creme cheese paired with a malty Assam; or an earthy complex Pu-erh with a creamy blue cheese? Experience all of this and much more in this cutting-edge lecture about a topic that is growing tremendously in popularity.

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Everything you want to know about Pu-Erh, By Linda Louie

Linda LuieTime: 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Main Hall: Education Center #2

Do you ever wonder why there is such a wide difference in price among Pu-erh tea? How do you know you are getting what you paid for? How can you evaluate the quality of the Pu-erh you bought? Should Pu-erh be drunk new or after it is aged? If you are buying Pu-erh to collect or as an investment, what type of Pu-erh should you buy? Finally, how do you properly store Pu-erh. This class will address each of these as well as other questions that you may have.  

Japanese Tea Ceremony, By Masayo Sebata

Masayo-SubataTime: 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Location: Democracy Forum

The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu or Sado in Japanese. It is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics inside and out, about preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart. 

Tea & Chocolate, By Robert Wemischner

Robert WemischnerTime: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Location: Democracy Lab

Chef Robert Wemischner, tea expert, pastry chef and author of four books including his most recent one, The Dessert Architect, will lead you through a pairing of chocolates and teas that bring out the best in each. Pair a hot swig of properly brewed tea with the right white, milk or dark chocolate and take the leaf and the cacao bean to new heights. A Chocolate lover’s melt-in-the-mouth experience that can’t be beat.

$10.00 - Buy Now

All the Tea in China, By Roy Fong

Roy-FongTime: 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Location: Main Hall: Education Center #2

A rare opportunity to look into the world of Roy Fong and have a conversational exchange about China. China is the birthplace of tea and of Roy Fong and as often as possible he returns and travels extensively. This Tea Master now helps us understand the lure of China’s charm and the mystery exerts on him and all tea lovers. 

Sunday, August 17th 2014

Planning a Perfect Tea Celebration, By Laura Phipps

Laura PhippsTime: 11:00 am - 11:45 pm
Location: Democracy Lab

Want great ideas for your next tea party?  Laura Phipps, owner of ZenZeu Teas, will share expert tips and techniques for planning the perfect party.  Laura understands planning a tea party, whether it is for a group of adults or a children’s party. Tea parties will work for a little girl’s birthday, a mother/daughter party, bridal or baby showers, or any gathering with friends. 

How to Open a Tea Room, By Tekeste Mehrteab

Tekeste1Time: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Main Hall: Democracy Lab #2

Have you always loved going to your favorite Tea Room and dreaming of owning one yourself? Have you imagined the decor, mastered your skills at the best scones, planned that tea menu and maybe even thought up a unique blend that you could whip up? Then be sure not to miss this informative lecture presented by “Tek” Mehreteab, co-owner of Chado Tea Rooms. Let an experienced pro tell you the ins and outs of opening a tea room and how to make it successful. 

International Tea Forum

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Democracy Forum

Journey into tea estates and their unique flavor characteristics through the eyes of the experts.
James Norwood Pratt  - An overview of tea and its roots
Devan Shah - India
Alex Harney - South India
Roy Fong - China
Rona Tison - Japan
Pujitha Ubayasiri - Sri Lanka

Tea & Cheese, By Robert Wemischner

Robert WemischnerTime: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: Democracy Lab

It’s no surprise that tea and dairy go together so well. A lover of bold flavored foods, Chef Robert Wemischner presents a sampling of cheeses paired with carefully chosen teas. Have you ever tasted a soft goat cheese melting in your mouth when paired with a fresh young green tea? Or a soft ripened triple creme cheese paired with a malty Assam; or an earthy complex Pu-erh with a creamy blue cheese? Experience all of this and much more in this cutting-edge lecture about a topic that is growing tremendously in popularity.

$10.00 - Buy Now

Be Healthy Drink Tea, By Dr. Mary Hardy

Dr Mary HardyTime: 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Main Hall: Education Center #2

We have all heard the health claims about how good tea is for the body and mind but do you know why? Dr. Mary Hardy will blast through the data and explain in laymen terms just how much is fact and how much is fiction. This is a very interesting way to learn more about tea and actually understand what tea is doing to your body and thatʼs a good thing. 

Tea & Chocolate, By Robert Wemischner

Robert WemischnerTime: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Location: Democracy Lab

Chef Robert Wemischner, tea expert, pastry chef and author of four books including his most recent one, The Dessert Architect, will lead you through a pairing of chocolates and teas that bring out the best in each. Pair a hot swig of properly brewed tea with the right white, milk or dark chocolate and take the leaf and the cacao bean to new heights. A Chocolate lover’s melt-in-the-mouth experience that can’t be beat.

$10.00 - Buy Now

Find Zen with Holistic Medicine, By Dr. Shinshan Wang

Dr-Shinshan-WangTime: 2:00 pm - 2:40 pm
Location: Main Hall: Nerio Center

Address the underlying causes of disease by using a body systems-based approach. The practice of naturopathic and functional medicines involve the treatment and prevention of highly complex, chronic diseases through the use of medical nutrition, healthy lifestyle changes, stress-management techniques, nutritional supplements, detoxification programs, botanical herbs, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, homeopathy, intravenous and intramuscular injections, and pharmaceutical drugs where necessary. 

Benefits of Teas, Beyond the Tea Cup, By Reena Shah

Reena-ShahTime: 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Main Hall: Education Center #2

Have old, stale tea in your cupboard that's no longer worthy to sip but you'd just hate to throw it out? Like to experiment with alternative, natural household remedies? Or just love tea so much you want to incorporate your favorite teas into every aspect of your life?
Learn some interesting and creative suggestions for how to use tea beyond the tea cup. 

Japanese Tea Ceremony, By Masayo Sebata

Masayo-SubataTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Democracy Forum

The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu or Sado in Japanese. It is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics inside and out, about preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. 

Meditation with Tea, By Rita Sharma

Rita-SharmaTime: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Location: Democracy Lab

Take a journey inward to a peaceful respite from the cares of daily life. Learn how the artful practice of meditation with tea can restore your soul, your heart, your mind to a place of inner calm. You already understand that savoring a beautifully prepared cup of tea, fragrant and satisfying, is a practice in pure meditation. Explore how conscious attention---to thought, action and the breath---can widen your practice of meditation and help you achieve deep relaxation. You will leave this class empowered to relieve stress for yourself and for those you love. Delicious Chado teas, specially chosen to enhance these practices, will be served. 

Tea & Obesity, By Dr. Farid Zarif

Dr-Farid-ZarifTime: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Main Hall: Education Center #2

Fight Obesity with the assistance of tea

 

 

 

Tea Sommelier - Apprentice Level, By Devan Shah & James Norwood Pratt

A concentrated overview of tea designed by two of the men who have inspired and guided America's Tea Renaissance, author James Norwood Pratt and Devan Shah, founder of International Tea Importers and Chado Tea Rooms. They teach fundamentals of tea history, origins, "terroir," varietals and production. A course to inspire you with a love and understanding of mankind's favorite beverage. Students will receive a certificate upon completion.

08/16/2014: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
08/17/20149:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Democracy Forum

$100.00 - Buy Now

Vendor Presentations

Chado Tea Room

Most everyone has enjoyed Afternoon Tea or a nice cuppa at one of the Chado Tea Rooms. Always fun and comfortable even for the gentlemen. Spend 30 minutes finding out why Chadoʼs is so successful and go ahead, ask questions too.

Waterfall Tea Company

Every cup of Waterfall Teas shows how pure a thing is Joy. The nectar of the tender tea leaf spreads goodness from the mouth throughout the whole body and our bodies rejoice. We have a range of fragrances, flavors and pleasures selected from many tea regions and lands. Our various fine teas are sure to satisfy every thirst as only a Waterfall can.

American Tea Room

Situated in the heart of Beverly Hills since 2003, American Tea Room is your ultimate tea resource. Our landmark store and website specialize in the finest loose leaf teas and custom tea blends from around the world and all the tea ware you need to make the perfect cup. Opening a new flagship location Fall 2014 in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. 

Zen's Tea House

Zen's Tea House specializes in providing top quality teas from around the world. Our passion is tea and people. As tea connoisseurs, we are serious about our tea and take pride in our professional service. Our slogan is "helping people through the power of tea" and it is what we believe in.

Japanese American National Museum

The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. We share the story of Japanese Americans because we honor our nation’s diversity. We believe in the importance of remembering our history to better guard against the prejudice that threatens liberty and equality in a democratic society. We strive as a world-class museum to provide a voice for Japanese Americans and a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture. We promote continual exploration of the meaning and value of ethnicity in our country through programs that preserve individual dignity, strengthen our communities, and increase respect among all people. We believe that our work will transform lives, create a more just America and, ultimately, a better world.

Aiya America

Aiya of America manufactures ultra-high quality Matcha. James Oliveria will explain and demonstrate the key points on how to make the perfect bowl of Matcha. Selected audience members will be able to participate in making a bowl of Matcha for themselves. James will also touch on non-traditional uses of Matcha, and how to distinguish a high quality Matcha from a low quality or imitation Matcha.

ITO En

Established in 1966 in Japan and positioned as the world’s leading supplier of green tea leaves and green tea beverages, ITO EN (North America) INC. was founded in May 2001 with the mission of introducing authentic green tea products and cultivating an interest and tea culture in the United States and beyond. With a history of innovation spanning four decades, the company is vertically integrated working closely with the tea farmers to craft the finest quality tea leaves. An industry leader in developing the first natural ready-to-drink green tea beverage- OI OCHA, the company offers a vast selection of award winning products to include TEAS’ TEA and ITO EN SHOTS, that embody the five principles of Natural, Healthy, Safe, Well-designed and Delicious. Committed to being a responsible corporate entity, the ITO EN implements the recycling of tea leaves and product bottles, and incorporates an environmental conservation in its daily operations.

Harney & Sons Fine Teas

Harney & Sons Fine Teas has been in the business of gourmet tea for over 25 years. Our large tea selection includes traditional blends and fascinating takes on the classics. With over 200 varieties of tea, there is a tea for everyone. And our line of organic ready to drink bottled teas and juices is all natural and refreshingly delicious.