With new stories in the media almost weekly and with over 3,000 types of tea, TeaSource is offering 2-hour tea workshops throughout September to November, where the general public can get answers to tea related questions about 250 prize-winning loose-leaf teas – some of them new.
The Tea & Chocolate with Trotter’s class ($20) will be held September 9 and November 18, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Highland TeaSource, 752 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, MN 55116.
This class combines two favorite comforts: tea and chocolate. Learn the basics of food pairing and how to enhance your chocolate dessert with tea.
The emphasis of this class is tasting, so be prepared to indulge in tea-infused treats from Trotter’s, contrast a variety of tea and chocolate flavors, and learn how to make a low-calorie chocolate treat. Take home tea recipes, free samples, and a belly full of chocolate. Some chocolates will be for sale only.
The TeaBasics class ($15) will be held September 11, 2010, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the St Anthony TeaSource, 2908 Pentagon Dr. NE St. Anthony, MN 55418.
This class is designed for the tea novice to learn the history and production of tea, and explores the major categories of black, oolong, scented or flavored, green, white, dark tea, and puerh varieties. Prepare and taste a tea from each category and understand the different preparation techniques for each of them to experience the incredible range of taste experiences that tea can provide.
The Cooking with Tea class ($20) will be held September 25, 2010, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and a second class from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the St. Anthony TeaSource, 2908 Pentagon Drive N.E., St. Anthony, MN 55418.
Li Hua Song, a second generation chef from Taiwan, will present numerous ideas for creatively cooking with tea, and teach the class how to cook with tea as it is used in many recipes from ice cream and cheesecake to rice and salmon. Participants will help prepare and taste some exciting dishes.
The Tea for the Coffee Lover class ($15) will be held October 2, 2010, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Highland TeaSource.
The class is designed for the tea lover that wants to sample more full-bodied teas. It is also of interest to coffee aficionados that may want to expand their repertoire and have questions about which teas might appeal to them. The teas to be sampled are not your grandmother’s “cup of tea.” Experience some of the heartiest teas, including puerh, an aged Chinese tea that steeps up as dark as coffee.
The Tea and Food Pairing class ($20) will be held October 12, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Trotter’s Café, 232 N. Cleveland Av, St Paul, MN 55104.
Pairing tea and food is creative and fun and impresses dinner guests by offering a different tea with each course. Learn how to do different pairings: like with like, complementary pairing, accenting a particular flavor, and how to enrich the dining experience. Participants taste some of Trotter’s best dishes: fresh, delicious, and using only the highest quality ingredients (regional and organic as much as possible). This class will feature appetizers, side dishes, main courses and desserts – served with TeaSource teas – and requires a minimum of 15 participants.
The New Teas class ($15) will be held November 6, 2010, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Highland TeaSource.
The class offers a chance to taste and learn about new and sometimes rare teas from each category directly from the tea estates of origin and the most recent harvest. Some o them are limited production varieties.
The Hype vs. Health: The Truth About Tea class ($15) will be held November 13, 2010, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the St Anthony TeaSource.
Bill Waddington, owner of TeaSource, leads a class designed to dispel the confusion produced by many reports about tea and health. Sample teas from each category. Find out about caffeine, antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols, what they do for the body and if green tea is really better for you. The class will emphasize how to get a health benefit from drinking tea. The class explores some basic chemistry of tea, examines media claims, and deciphers hype from health.
The Gong Fu: The Art of the Chinese Tea Ceremony class ($20) will be held November 2, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the St Anthony TeaSource.
Chinese Tea Ceremony Master Peiju Liu Picard will present a demonstration class on the ancient Chinese style of tea preparation and service, which promotes the integration of contemplation, relaxation, and focus into everyday life. Loosely translated gong fu (kung fu) means “something which requires great skill and discipline.”
If you are interested in hosting a tea class at the store or in your home for friends contact TeaSource for information at (Hyland) 651-690-9822, (St. Anthony) 612-788-4842 or visit teasource.com.