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Harvest Tea

Join the Novel Tea for a wonderful combination class and high tea event. Come on your own, or register with family and friends for an afternoon of education and eating!

Harvest Tea
Sunday, November 3rd
1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Garden Room
Sierra 2 Center
2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA

Fees:
$40 – Adult
$15 – Child (ages 12 and under)

Advanced registration required; space is limited.

Use the link above or below to register online, give us a call during business hours at (916) 452-3005 x 208, or sign up in person at the Sierra 2 Center office.

Register Online Now!

Harvest Tea will focus on food, with three delectable tiers of autumn-inspired high tea food, featuring the wealth and bounty available in California’s Farm-to-Fork capital.

Additionally, there will be a cooking demonstration of how to create a delicious Lapsang Souchong (black tea) turkey brine and marinade, perfect for bringing a unique, and delicious, twist to your Thanksgiving table. There will also be an optional recipe exchange.

You can buy a package of our Lapsang Souchong prior to the event.

*Be sure to read our policy on Dietary Restrictions and Substitutions.

Register Online Now!

Tea and crumpets,
Ashley

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Children’s Tea

This kid-friendly tea event with a literary spin features delightful bites and scrumptious tea and lemonade!

Sunday, September 1
1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Garden Room
Fees:
$50 – basic admission (for one adult, one child)
$40 – additional adult
$15 – additional child

Advanced Registration Required; class is limited.

Enroll Today:
Use this link to register online, or call Sierra 2 Center during business hours at (916) 452-3005 x 208, or sign up in person at the Sierra 2 Center office.


Join the Novel Tea for our Children’s Tea, featuring a Brambly Hedge-themed children’s tea and storytime. Adults will learn interactive reading techniques for children from a literacy expert.

Tea and lemonade as well as kid-approved tea foods (that parents and grandparents will also like) will be served.

“Brambly Hedge is on the other side of the stream, across the field. If you can find it, and if you look very hard amongst the tangled roots and stems, you may even see a wisp of smoke from a small chimney, or through an open door, a steep flight of stairs deep within the trunk of a tree. For this is the home of the mice of Brambly Hedge.”

Join us for a wonderful combination class and high tea event. Come on your own, or register with family and friends for an afternoon of education and eating!

*Fabulous tea hats highly recommended, but not required

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS AND MENU SUBSTITUTIONS

Our tea menus are fixed and always include two vegetarian sandwiches.  Unfortunately, we are unable to substitute items or offer gluten, dairy or egg-free options. Our food is prepared in a facility that uses wheat, nut, dairy, and eggs. If you have allergies, please note that on your registration, and we will annotate that event’s menu to indicate any items contain that ingredient.

However, our goal is to ensure every guest feels welcome and appreciated, so we will always provide to-go boxes if you would like to take something you can’t eat home for someone else.

Tea and crumpets,
Ashley

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Tea Spotlight: Darjeeling

We asked Ellen, the owner and official tea sommelier of The Novel Tea, and here’s what she had to say!

My go to favorite and comfort tea is a first flush Darjeeling from India.  Darjeeling is considered the champagne of tea because it is the first picking of the newest leaves from the Western Bengal area of India at the foothills of the Himalayas. The elevation and terroir imparts a wonderful pure tea taste that has a slight astringency and muscatel qualities.  Second flush Darjeeling is also a personal favorite with a slightly rounded fuller flavor and not quite as astringent as first flush.  Traditional Earl Grey tea is made with a second flush Darjeeling flavored with Chinese’s bitter orange oil of bergamot.  Because of the exacting standards for harvesting, withering and oxidizing Darjeeling, it is very often one of the more expensive black Indian teas, but so worth it.  It is one of the few teas that can be steeped and enjoyed at any time of day or evening.

Ellen of The Novel Tea

You can find Darjeeling in our online shop. Give it a shot and you won’t regret it!

Tea and crumpets,
Ashley

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Calendar of Events

The Novel Tea is proud to share that we have an entire year of classes scheduled! Be sure to mark your calendars for the remainder of 2019 and the first half of 2020. You won’t want to miss any of our upcoming tea classes or high tea events.

Click the link below to check out the calendar, download a PDF, and get information on how to register!

Tea and crumpets,
Ashley

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Customer Rewards Program

Introducing The Novel Tea’s brand new Customer Reward Program!

Why should I get one?

The program is free, and you will receive a free bag of custom-blended tea when you earn enough stamps!

How does it work?

Show your Customer Reward Program card every time you attend a Novel Tea event to receive a stamp. You can receive a stamp for attending any of our tea events and shopping our store. Qualifying purchases can be made online and in person. Conditions apply.*

Where can I get a Customer Reward Program card?

A Customer Reward Program card can be picked up in person at any of our events and are included with every online purchase.

If you have any questions regarding our Customer Reward Program, please contact us.

*Redemption: No cash value. One event cannot count for multiple circles. Completed card will be exchanged for a free custom-blended tea gift certificate. Recipient is responsible for completing custom-blended tea questionnaire and following all gift certificate instructions to receive their custom-blended tea.

Tea and crumpets,
Ashley

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How to Plan the Perfect Tea Party

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Come spend the afternoon learning how to hold your own high tea! The Novel Tea is offering a workshop of tea party basics and essentials.

Each attendee will:
– learn how to fold cloth napkins 3 ways
– receive tips on setting the table for tea
– craft 10 menu cards and matching place cards to use at their future party
– enjoy a traditional 3-tiered afternoon tea (lots of food & drink!)
– hear the history of tea and tea etiquette
– get tips on how to steep tea for a large group, including a demonstration, and
– learn how to make the perfect scone and get Novel Tea’s favorite scone recipe.

With so much information packed in this workshop, you’ll have everything you need to host your own party with confidence!

If you love tea, tea parties, crafts– or all three! — please join us.

EVENT INFO:
Saturday, June 22
1:00-3:00 p.m.
in the Garden Room of Sierra 2 Center
2791 24th St
Sacramento, CA

REGISTRATION:
Fee: $45/person
Advanced Registration Required; class is limited.

HOW TO REGISTER:
(1) Register online at sierra2.org, or
(2) Call during business hours at (916) 452-3005 x 208, or 
(3) sign up in person at the Sierra 2 Center office.

Register Now!

Tea and crumpets,
Ashley

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St. Patrick’s High Tea

Join The Novel Tea for an Irish High Tea to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy three tiers of delicious Irish tea food while you learn about tea culture in Ireland. Listen to stories about tea from an Irish expert, who will discuss all things tea, from the role of tea in popular culture in Ireland to the role tea plays in rural life. High Tea service will include custom blended Saints Tea inspired by Irish Breakfast Tea and blended by The Novel Tea’s tea sommelier.

Register Now!

This event is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style!

Sunday, March 17th
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Garden Room
Sierra 2 Center
2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA

Fees: $40/person
Advanced registration required; space is limited.

Register Now!

Tea and Crumpets,
Ashley

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Recipe Roundup: Maple Chai Tea Latte

Recipe Roundup is a biweekly post where we share our favorite recipes that include a tea ingredient. We share recipes every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Hello, my fellow tea-drinkers! We’ve taken a wonderful month off of blogging duties. It was a much-needed respite after the craziness of the holidays. 

We’d like to jumpstart our 2019 Recipe Roundup with this delish recipe for Maple Chai Tea Latte from Through Her Looking Glass

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups choice of milk (regular, almond, coconut etc.)
  • 1-2 chai tea bags (2 for stronger flavor – in this case, use 1-2 scoops of our chai tea in either a DIY tea bag or in a mesh tea infuser)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Optional: ground cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice

Instructions

  1. Heat milk until steaming (not boiling) in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop.
  2. Pour steaming milk over chai tea bag(s) in mug and steep 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bag(s).
  4. Stir in vanilla and maple syrup.
  5. Pour into a mug and serve hot.
  6. Optional : lightly dust with ground cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice.

Hope this recipe warms you right up!

Tea and Crumpets,
Ashley

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Chocolate High Tea

Sunday, February 17th
1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Garden Room
Fee: $40
Advanced Registration Required; space is limited.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day — or, if you prefer, Galentine’s Day — with this chocolate-themed tea. Featuring all new chocolate and chocolate mint teas, plus three tiers of delicious high tea food. The menu includes high tea classics, as well as special items created just for this event, such as a chicken mole, chocolate chip scones, and a truly decadent top tier!

This is a great social experience for tea and chocolate lovers. Celebrate the ones you love with this sweet high tea event.

Register online now

Other ways to register: Call Sierra 2 Center during business hours at (916) 452-3005 x 208, or sign up in person at the Sierra 2 Center office.

Excited to see you all there!

Tea and crumpets,
Ashley