Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ellen Easton @ The 2011 Coffee and Tea Festival NYC

It is getting close to the Coffee and Tea Festival in New York City! I attended the event February of 2011 for the first time and it was just amazing!! They not only have wonderful vendors with amazing coffee and tea, but informative programs and the Ultimate Barista Challenge.......
Ellen Easton is a real authority on Afternoon Tea or Low Tea. She has consulted some of the leading hotel brands as The Plaza, The Stanhope, Waldorf-Astoria and Lady Mendl's Tea Room in New York City. She believes tea is the luxury everyone can afford. I really like her idea of tea and how it can be enjoyed by any class of society.  
Ellen gave a wonderful lecture about how tea came about and what you can or should serve to your guests. The history of tea goes as far back as when Marie Antoinette ruled France. We learned about Devonshire (clotted) cream and heard about the difference between Afternoon Tea and High Tea.  
Ellen did a question and answer period which I thought was really nice for the crowd.  
Questions ranged from what kind of tea is best to use to what type of desserts should be served 
When we were finished, we received these adorable desserts, a Walkers Shortbread as they were one of the sponsors, an Almondina biscotti and a lovely petit four. Quite the tasty indeed !! 
Harney and Sons is one of my favorite teas and they had their amazing loose tea available. Ellen says any type of tea can be used for your Afternoon Tea gathering, whatever your preference or what is affordable to you. 

You can find out more about Ellen HERE. The great blog by Abby titled City Sweet Tooth wrote a wonderful post of having tea at Lady Mendl's with Ellen HERE.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Green Teas of China, Korea, and Japan, Yoon Hee Kim
Ellen Easton's Master Class:  The Artistry of Afternoon Tea
From Crop to Cup, Marcela Zuchovicki, Jalima Coffee
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Korean Powdered Green Tea Ceremony
Think Outside the Cup: Creating Coffee- And Tea-Infused Desserts, Chef Melody
Tea Cocktails, Chris Cason, Tavalon

Single Day Admission: Purchase as ticket for Saturday or Sunday. Arrive any time on your preferred day. The show opens at 11:00AM.
Saturday Musical Combo: This ticket option includes admission to the festival on Saturday, February 25, 2012 anytime between 11:00AM - 5:00PM. PLUS with this ticke option, you can meet the cast of COFFEE THE MUSICAL—who will be offering a special preview of the show with an on-site cast reading and an intimate performance of the upcoming songs. The special event starts at 6:00PM.
Saturday & Sunday 2 Day Pass: Here’s a Special Value Pass for those who wish to attend both days of the festival. A special discount is offered on this ticket.

**Today's Words of Wisdom: The Less You Want, the More You Have
**from 8,789 Words of Wisdom by Barbara Ann Kipfer 

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