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E.A.S.T Studio Tour 2010

E.A.S.T Austin 2010

EAST is here again….come visit Zhi on 13th – 21st October, 2010!

Tea and Chocolate Pairing

Blissed Out ChocolatesZhi Tea will be pairing up with Austin’s own Blissed Out Chocolates for an afternoon of tea and chocolate pairing. This class (or a version thereof) was the most highly attended and rated class at the World Tea Expo. I was there and it was amazing so I decided to do a version of it here at the Zhi Tea Gallery.

Of all the chocolate companies in Austin, I decided on Blissed Out. Erika, who runs the company has similar values as we do; quality, sustainability, beauty, and a strong grass-roots local focus. And, of course, her chocolates are amazing.

So we decided to do a pairing class of 5 of our teas with 5 of her chocolates. This will be a fun, tasty, and totally interactive class.

Cost is $15 and includes all your teas and chocolates. Admission also entitles you to discounts on tea and chocolate gifts for the Holidays if you so choose.

Seating is very limited, so don’t wait!

Blissed Out Chocolate is local Austin company dedicated to brining the purest, most bliss inducing dark chocolate to the world. We specialize in organic gourmet gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, raw chocolates. Raw cacao, the main ingredient in all Blissed Out chocolates is one of the world’s most nutrient dense foods. Vast arrays of these nutrients are destroyed during the conventional chocolate making process. They hand craft each small batch in such a way that ensures the 300+ enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals remain intact.

Zhi Tea Events 2009

It has been a very successful year for Zhi regarding Events in the Austin, TX area…..

Austin Tea Festival

Zhi Tea StorefrontWe are excited to be hosting the Second Annual Edible Austin Tea Festival right here on the grounds of the Zhi Tea Gallery in East Austin SATURDAY 5th December from 10a-2p.

We will be joined by eight other local tea purveyors; Barefoot Botanicals, Jade Leaves, Sesa, Steeping Room, Sweet Leaf, Tea Embassy, Texas Medicinals, and Buddah’s Brew Kambucha. We will all be sampling our lovely varieties of fresh teas and herbal tisanes.

Also on hand will be Jesse Bloom, chef extraordinaire of Ecstatic Cuisine. Jesse will be serving an Indian themed hot lunch with help from the young folks at Urban Roots. It is sure to be amazing as all of his creations are; using local, fresh ingredients. All proceeds from the lunch will go to Urban Roots.

10% of all sales at the Zhi Tea Gallery will to to Urban Roots.

Last year the event was attended by over 400, including a substantial influx of cyclists who were en route in the Urban Farm Bicycle Tour. Both of the above mentioned events are part of a huge week-long series of events known as Eat Local Week.

The Third Annual Eat Local Week is an invitation to Central Texans to explore and celebrate the abundance of local food and to raise money for Urban Roots, a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and to increase the access of healthy food in Austin. 15 farm interns, ages 14-17, are hired to work from February to July, growing more than 22,000 lbs of produce every year—donating 40% of that to hunger relief and selling 60% at farmers’ markets and farm stands run by the farm interns.

Edible Austin Eat Local Week will kick off on December 5 at the Austin Farmers’ Market with the City of Austin’s proclamation and with support from GO TEXAN and other Central Texas communities.