Getting Ready For Upcoming Tea Tasting Events…It’s A Party :-)

My life has been consumed with preparation for my first ever “public” tea tasting.  I posted about these May events I was asked to do in my April 9 “Join us” post…

It has been quite a fun journey to get to this point…items on my enormous check list are being accomplished (including a day of shopping with my sister to find something to wear,  a fun trip to the Container Store to find suitable carrier bags for my 144 tasting cups, and an internet search to see if we could get an “actual” Camellia Sinensis tea plant (yay, and yes we did!!!  well, it’s on the way, in the mail).

We sold out the Saturday event weeks in advance and are just about there for the Friday class too…I am so thrilled to be able to introduce this audience to some of my favorite pure, organic and whole leaf teas .. the ones that drive me to be so passionate about the subject…and over a setting that gets at the “being” of tea time…sharing it with friends, family, or as a break for yourself.

Our awesome chef, Kevin Montoya, who owns Carley Cakes has extensive training in New York and San Francisco culinary and baking schools. He did a delightful tasting for us last week.  This so we could tweak the menu and presentation where necessary (which very little was necessary…he prepares my recipes from Tea With Betty so well…how fun to see someone else’s take on recipes you’ve lived with for so long).

Here are some of the photos from that practice set up and tasting morning last week…the setting is outdoors, in Goin Native’s front yard garden.  This is in the historic district of San Juan Capistrano…the Mission church bells will be sounding during the tea tasting, as will a few trains rushing by…creating a unique, rustic, and gorgeous natural setting.  Marianne, Goin Native owner, offers beautiful native plant garden ideas and items.  She is brilliant at potting and planting and heads up our volunteer garden angel group.

Tasting items…on a full sheet pan…

Our rehearsal and tasting items for the EAT BE TEA event...full tray of each item prepared by chef Kevin Montoya (they were spot on delicious), place setting (elegant, rustic) and vanilla, cinnamon butter ready for the scones

Our rehearsal and tasting items for the EAT BE TEA event…full tray of each item prepared by chef Kevin Montoya (they were spot on delicious), place setting (elegant, rustic) and vanilla, cinnamon butter ready for the scones

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More of the setting…

Kevin’s scones and desserts were spot on (actually so much better than I can even make them…)  So…we worked on the rest of the table setting, set up, tea making area, check in and all…gorged ourselves on the samples (as I was ensuring not only quality, but also…was there enough food per person to be a lunch like meal since the event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m…. we all agreed we were fully satiated and hadn’t even had the teas with this tasting…

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Goin Native grounds..getting ready

Goin Native grounds..getting ready

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El Sereno Graphics... picking up my books...our printer has a cool 55 Chevy in the shop

El Sereno Graphics… picking up my books…our printer has a cool 55 Chevy in the shop

Next…my husband and I ran up to East L.A. to my wonderful printer, Rich, owner of El Sereno Graphics, and picked up an order of books to have available for signing at the events… I love going up to his print shop… and popping the top off a box of Tea With Betty books….

I have been sitting on my library floor, wrapping up individual tea gifts we are going to give to guests as they leave … while watching season 3 of Downton Abbey (oh my…have you seen it yet? … )  If watching…
“Don’t you just love how everything happens over having a cup of tea?”

Will let you know how it goes…am practicing making 50 to 100 cups of tea at a time this weekend to get the timing exact…

Life’s short…drink tea…and enjoy

My Mighty Leaf Teas...ready for tasting and wrapping up for gifts

My Mighty Leaf Teas…ready for tasting and wrapping up for gifts


  1. I don’t usually go to events like this but I really want to go to this one! You certainly know how to put on a tea party, it sounds as if it’s going to be absolutely fabulous. I’m looking forward to hearing about it and I hope you’ll take lots of pictures to help us poor souls who are missing out feel that we’ve been there with you. All the very best for the big day, I hope it’s a huge success, I’m sure it will be and you’ll have a lot of very happy customers. You even got a real tea plant! 🙂

    • Thank you Lorna…you are too kind! Will certainly document the event and share after next week. Am excited to see the tea plant myself …

  2. Everything looks gorgeous and I am sure the event will turn out fantastic — you have put so much of yourself in this as always. I am so sad I won’t be able to be there — hopefully you will do another one in the future. Luckily I have had the privilege of being at several of your afternoon teas over the last few years!

    • Thanks Toni…. I am sad you will not be there too; however, am pretty sure that we will book another one very soon…will clear the date with you first 🙂

  3. So exciting!! Very cool to see the pics of your book at the printer, too!
    It’s sure to be a most perfect day in every way! It’s been fun watching it all come together. You are such a pro!

    • Thank you Hils…and thanks to your wonderful guidance! So you saw that the printer is showing Tea With Betty on his home page…nice 🙂 Thank goodness for independent printers.

  4. I’s going to be wonderful. You’ve done so much careful preparation. I hate to miss the tasting but I’m counting on pictures in your next blog. Diane

  5. I was there, Linda, and it was fabulous! I hope you will have more events like this. I’m sure I’m not the only one who was thinking of friends that would also love such a wonderful day. I was treated to your event for Mother’s Day by my three beautiful and thoughtful girls. Thank you so much. All of your hard work was much appreciated!

    • So happy that you enjoyed the event Barbara. It is such a beautiful setting isn’t it? I so appreciated the wonderful audience and thank you for participating and your comments.