A lively exploration of the world’s most consumed beverage in all its historical and cultural aspects.

Book Party

The release of Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West was celebrated with a memorable party on January 28, 2007.

The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena graciously hosted the event, and the chefs and students of the Culinary Department of the Art Institute of California—Orange County prepared mouthwatering hors d’œuvres, tea fare, and desserts, and masterfully catered the party.

Three organic and fair-trade certified tea companies participated: Choice Organic Teas and Assam Tea Company generously donated tea gifts for party guests, while Zhena Gypsy Tea set up a special tea tasting during the party.

A very heartfelt thank you to all. Below are some photographs of the event.
Thank you to the photographers for sharing these images.

Eat, drink, and be merry (photo by John Livzey)

The mischievous smile of Chef Eda Vesterman … what did she put in the finger sandwiches? (photo by Richard Cray)

The author with friends, photographer John Livzey and Urasenke instructor Rieko Miwa McMillan (photo by Leonardo Tondo)

Teenage fans Martin Isenberg, the author's son, and Eliot Miller (photo by Leonardo Tondo)

The smiling author surrounded by her good friends (photo by John Livzey)

The youngest party-goer, Chaz Berelson, with his lovely and loving mother Meredith Parmelee (photo by Leonardo Tondo)

Tai-Ling Wong, Authors on Asia coordinator at the Pacific Asia Museum, introducing Liquid Jade (photo by John Livzey)

The book talk (photo by John Livzey)

To honor the millions of Indian tea pluckers, the author is wearing a traditional sarwal suit (photo by John Livzey)

The party resumes – the book talk is over, the prosecco is flowing (photo by Richard Cray)

Cousins Leonardo and Laura Tondo – Leonardo flew all the way from Italy for the event! (photo by ?)

The author’s first book signing (photo by Leonardo Tondo)

Brilliant Chef Chris Lauderdale with the author (photo by John Livzey)

The catering team of the Art Institute—Orange County Culinary Department that made it all happen (photo by Richard Cray)

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