A delightful (and delicious) tea experience to celebrate the mothers in your life!
Sunday, May 13th
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Curtis Hall
Advanced registration required; attendance is limited.
with local tea sommelier Ellen Ogle-Arden & The Novel Tea
Join The Novel Tea for a traditional Mother’s Day High Tea. Learn about the history of afternoon tea in the United States, the difference between afternoon tea and high tea, and how tea became a special occasion tradition. Celebrate the mothers in your life while you learn, eat, and enjoy! High Tea services will include three tiers of delicious food and your choice of one of three special Novel Tea tea options. Mothers will get special gifts, including a tea cup to take home!
First Tier — Sandwiches: traditional cucumber; egg salad; black forest ham and sharp cheddar with onion jam; and smoked salmon with herbed butter
Second Tier — Scones: cream scone; berry scone; devonshire scone; lemon curd and jam
Third Tier — Desserts: chocolate petit four; shortbread tea cookie; and blueberry cheesecake
This event is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day in style! Wear your best spring time or tea party hat. Everyone is welcome, though the event, and menu, is best suited for people ages 12+.
Note: Dietary restrictions can only be accommodated with advanced notification. The meal will include eggs, dairy, gluten, meat and sugar. Please note any dietary restrictions when you register. Food is prepared in a facility that also handles tree nuts, dairy and peanuts.
About the Instructor & The Novel Tea:
Ellen, Cid and Emmy, owners of The Novel Tea, have been friends, family and professional colleagues for many years. Long ago best friend’s Ellen and Cid discovered that they both loved tea—both the drink in its infinite variations, and the experience of connecting with others while having good conversations over a cup of tea. This is a passion Ellen and Cid passed on to their daughters, including Ellen’s daughter Emily who joined them when they opened The Novel Tea.
Ellen and Cid have over sixty years of teaching experience, and now instead of teaching communications or educational theory to college students, they plan to teach everyone in Sacramento how much better life can be with a book in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a friend by your side.
Ellen is the resident tea expert, and one of only a handful certified tea sommeliers in California. Ellen is passionate and knowledgeable about everything related to the Camellia sinensis plant (from which all tea comes), has picked tea in China, and taken tea on almost every continent. As soon as Antarctica opens a tea shop, she’ll be one of the first customers.