Class Is Over! Two Magical Days Of Tea Tasting

What a remarkable couple of days. The weather was delightful for our two day, Eat . Be. Tea Tasting events held at Goin Native in the historic district of San Juan Capistrano, California.

Just enough sun and warmth came out to make for a cheery, comfortable environment. Everyone showed up who was supposed to and who registered. My assistants were remarkable, skilled, and a joy to work with…our site host, Marianne with Goin Native, offers a special environment which was beautifully set up for our guests. Our chef, Kevin Montoya of Carley Cakes was all I had hoped he would be and more. It was magical. In the end…there were scores of tea converts too. I know this to be a fact in that our local tea retail shop was “wiped out” next day of the varieties of teas we tasted and didn’t know why until someone explained to them about our class. They happily have more Jasmine Downey Pearl, Masala Chai, Ceylon, Ti Kuan Yin Oolong and Assam on order.

Set up went smoothly. One little glitch with the electrical for the three hot water kettles was quickly resolved by my able team and Marianne. As we set the tables, the place took on an air of beauty, peace and calm. A perfect environment to experience the “being” part of tea. I will need to share this experience in two posts…this one is about the setting…next will be about the food pairing.

Below are photos of the set up and Goin Native garden ambiance.

Set up...almost ready to go...tasting cups, hand-out reflecting tea info., menu, & recipes...under the shade of umbrellas and old, lovely trees

Set up…almost ready to go…tasting cups, hand-out reflecting tea info., menu, & recipes…under the shade of umbrellas and old, lovely trees – Hils is doing a final inspection before our guests arrive.


Place setting..with yellow Iris grown in Goin Native's back yard...she had a sea of them waving at you ...

Place setting..with yellow Iris grown in Goin Native’s back yard…she had a sea of them waving at you …


Getting ready...table runners were burlap with a lovely sheer overlay...functional, yet elegant

Getting ready…table runners were burlap with a lovely sheer overlay…functional, yet elegant


Comfy chairs...

Comfy chairs…


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View of all three tables...ready to go... guest's seating, speaker's table, books signing table in way back View of all three tables…ready to go… guest’s seating, speaker’s table, books signing table in way back


I found this vintage Tea Time towel at Sur la table
Tea making station was perched on the porch...overlooking the audience...we made 5 organic, single estate teas from Mighty Leaf teas

Tea making station was perched on the porch…overlooking the audience…we made 5 organic, single estate teas from Mighty Leaf teas

Each tea was prepared with spring water.

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With the aid of three Breville hot water pots with varying temperature settings for tea and five Teavana infusers..the tea making was a breeze 🙂 just kidding as it was my daughter who got in a “zen” mode and delivered wonderful teas (50 cups x 5 types) with the able assistance of my sister and Hils (my editor, agent, and hype girl).

Detailed tea preparation chart posted on the wall behind the table...thanks to my daughter, sister, and Hils (my editor, agent and hype girl)each tea was perfectly prepared...50 cups x 5 times...whew

Detailed tea preparation chart posted on the wall behind the table…thanks to my daughter, sister, and Hils (my editor, agent and hype girl)each tea was perfectly prepared…50 cups x 5 times…whew

The setting at Goin Native is rustic, elegant, cool…there are “vignette” sitting areas all around and the retail is beautifully integrated into the setting.
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The Goin Native property has a special aura to it...rustic, cool, elegant...with vignette sitting areas and retail neatly integrated into the setting

The Goin Native property has a special aura to it…rustic, cool, elegant…with vignette sitting areas and retail neatly integrated into the setting


It was a relaxed, lovely setting where I met guests to sign books and discuss all things tea...what an interesting and engaging group of guests

It was a relaxed, lovely setting where I met guests to sign books and discuss all things tea…what an interesting and engaging group of guests


I couldn't have asked for a more delightful and attentive audience...

I couldn’t have asked for a more delightful and attentive audience…

I am thankful to all who attended. We made new friends, reacquainted with old friends and I even got to meet one of my blog followers (L. and her husband who came from 60 miles away – thank you!)

In the end, it was an inspiring and exhilarating day for us. Each guest left with a “call to action” to drink tea and expect quality, whole leaf, teas which are prepared in pure water that is perfectly heated for your particular leaf. It’s finally time for wonderful tea served in America.

In a few days I will post about the food and pairing. Chef Kevin Montoya was like a “machine” in the kitchen…and had an awesome expediter (my husband)…what a team.

4 Comments

  1. When is your next event? I want to go.

    • Am working on that now Rev.
      Will be sure to keep you in the loop 🙂

  2. What a lovely setting and it looks like you were super organized. Somehow I’m not surprised. Brava!!!

    • Thanks J. That is high praise from you! I had a lot of great support. It was a beautiful setting and the weather perfect.