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Meet and Greet Reception-Wednesday June 13,2018

posted Jun 8, 2018, 8:49 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Jun 8, 2018, 8:51 AM ]

The Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association cordially extends an invitation to all WTE attendees to attend our 
Meet and Greet reception at the World Tea Expo next week!


Wednesday June 13, 2018
4pm to 5pm
Las Vegas Convention Center
Room # S 226





We are a trade only organization of Tea business owners in our 13th year. Our members are from the 7 Mid-Atlantic States and beyond. We exist to advance the knowledge of Tea through networking, sponsoring educational seminars, and sharing best practices over ☕️ with one another. 

MATBA Summer Seminar-Monday, June 25, 2018

posted Jun 7, 2018, 7:04 AM by L Brommer


36 West Pomfret Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-243-6292

Hosted By Linda Jackman
Agenda-Monday, June 25, 2018
9:30  - Arrival, Morning Reception
Metered parking is available on Pomfret Street,
or it is suggested you use the parking garage across the street from the tea room
10:30 - Educational Program
Susanna Reppert Brill of The Rosemary House
        "Ask the Herbalist" Trending Herbs and Their Uses
11:30 - Round table discussion “Tea and Tourism”
12:00 - Afternoon Tea Linda Jackman, Camellia's Sin Tea Parlor
1:15   - Business Meeting
Reports (Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair)
Old Business
New Business
2:00    - Departure
Fee: $45.00/member
            $50.00/non-member


 

Please advise Kathleen Hippelli, our MATBA treasurer how many will attend, and whether they are members or guests, and any dietary requests. 

She will then send you an invoice for payment.

Please do not delay in making your registration.

TeaScapes - Beyond the Tea - MATBA April Seminar

posted Apr 25, 2018, 4:02 PM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 5:03 PM ]

The quarterly seminar for the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association was recently held at TeaScapes in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Hosted by business owner Kathleen Edinger, members from PA, MD, and NJ gathered for an enjoyable day of sharing, learning, and reconnecting. 

TeaScapes is a modern tea bar where Kathleen encourages you to surround yourself with tea. She hopes that you take time for tea and for yourself, all the while enjoying the moment.




Kathleen, a certified tea consultant, is energetic, bubbly with enthusiasm, and on the go. She invited us to enjoy the morning reception of coffee cakes and fresh fruit with yogurt and crunchy toppings and offered a variety of tea flavors to fill our cups.







The shop has a great assortment of premium loose leaf teas organized by region of origin. Various tea accoutrements, from T-sacs to tea pots and hand crocheted cozies line the shelves. Kathleen also offers classes, tastings, and special events. If you ever find yourself in Atlantic Highlands, do stop in for your tea fix. Kathleen will be sure that you enjoy your time spent at her tea bar.

Annual Meeting

posted Mar 29, 2018, 6:25 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 6:28 AM ]

MATBA Annual Meeting Agenda
Monday, April 23, 2018




owner, Kathleen Edinger
68 First Avenue Suite K,
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey 07716

Free Parking is available in the municipal lot 1 block away 
(for directions, click link: Teascapes website)

Cost: $50 per member/$55 non members

RSVP by April 16 
for invoice email Kathleen Hippeli: MATBA.treasurer@gmail.com
9:30  Welcome – Arrival – Registration
Light Breakfast - Networking

10:15  Education Program
Our featured presenter is Morissa Schwartz, bestselling author, entrepreneur, singer, & professional speaker: She’s the voice of Generation Z. She is the owner of GenZ Publishing  boasting 6 bestsellers over the past 2 years. She’s had articles published in Entertainment Weekly, Hello Giggles, Nerd Approved, Grunge, My Neon Green Notebook and more. 
 
Morissa will share her formulas for Online Business Growth: Take Your Business and Books to the Next Level. In this talk, Morissa will share her journey of going from being a self-published high schooler to owning her own successful ghostwriting/book publishing company. She will teach us how to use her strategies to develop your own books and /or businesses.
 
11:30  Short Puerh Tea Presentation and tasting
Guided by Debbie Raab
 
Noon  Afternoon Tea 
Please RSVP by April 16
and indicate any food restrictions with your reservation.
All food is prepared offsite and must be preordered.

1:00   Business Meeting
Minutes from January meeting
Treasurer’s Report
Membership Report
Officer Elections
Tea Time Magazine ad update Erin Bradley
World Tea Expo
FSMA update
“Swan Song” from outgoing President, Mike Raab
Confirm June meeting
New Business

New Members

posted Mar 13, 2018, 7:22 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 7:47 AM ]

We are happy to welcome two new Maryland members to MATBA.   Tea on the Tiber & Tea You There






MATBA Winter Seminar Monday, January 22, 2018

posted Jan 11, 2018, 7:18 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 7:24 AM ]


55 North Main Street
Red Lion, PA 17356
717-332-7427
Hosted By Chef Danielle Sanders
Agenda

9:30 - Arrival, Morning Reception

10:30 - Guest Speaker Stephanie Shaffer of Marketing Works. Topic: Millennial Marketing

12:00 - Afternoon Tea by Chef Dani of the Red Brick Bakery

1:15 - Business Meeting
Nominations for officers - election in April 2018

2:00 - Departure





Please advise Kathleen Hippelli, our MATBA treasurer how many will attend, and
whether they are members or guests, and any dietary requests. She will then send you an invoice for payment. Please do not delay in making your registration.

Note: Call in will be available UPON REQUEST for selected times, only.
A $20.00 Fee will be charged to call in during the program. No fee assessed to call in during the business meeting.

Fee: $45.00/member
$50.00/non-member
 

October 16, 2017 Fall Seminar, Dollies Tea Room

posted Sep 13, 2017, 6:24 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 4:25 AM ]

Save the Date! Monday, October 16, 2017
MATBA Seminar at Dollies Tea Room
150 Cumberland Street
Clear Spring, MD 21722
Contact: Amy Myers
Phone: 301-842-2720




Agenda
  • 9:30 - Arrival, Morning Reception
  • 10:30 - Tea Business Round table (see below)
  • 12:00 - Afternoon Tea by Dollies Tea Room
  • 1:15 - Business Meeting
  • 2:00 - Departure



Round Table Discussion: 
"Best Practices for Tea Businesses".  
Members are requested to bring their best experiences and ideas for business growth.  What works?  What didn't work? Some topics to include:
 
In's & Outs's of bus trips (request Dollies input)
 
TV monitors - how much of an investment, placement, usage - internet connected? Suggested input from One Steep at a Thyme (Kathleen)
 
Children's parties - Gypsies (Jo) has a lovely house where she has children's tea parties. How do they work? Is it one price for all? Are adults invited? Do other tea rooms host children's events?
 
Catering: I know many of our tearooms and tea businesses do catering - how do you price for catering? What equipment must you purchase for catering? Are there certain menu items not suited for catering?
 
Holidays: What types of incentives do you offer for holiday shoppers/diners? Do you purchase holiday themed merchandise? Do you have an open house?
 
Tea Rooms: Do you do carry out and if so how? Do you do online reservations? How do you handle no shows or reduction in groups? Do you do events? Which events are most popular? How do you handle reservations for special events?  
 
Retailers: How do you choose your products? How do you get rid of old inventory? Do you coupon? Do you go to gift shows? Which products sell best in your area? What's your most profitable item?  
 
Bloggers: How do you find content for your blogs? How do you build up your followers? Do you guest blog?

Baccarat in Midtown

posted Jul 30, 2017, 7:53 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 2:37 PM ]

Our final destination for the progressive NYC tea tour culminated with the ultimate experience of Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat in Midtown at 28 West 53rd Street. Sheer crystal elegance, infamous perfectly spherical fresh rose orbs, and a destination dripping in beauty.
We were escorted to the Veranda where our group enjoyed a leisurely tea while the hustle and bustle of the City hummed in the background. Modern, black and white, crisp, and clean. This was the first time the Baccarat has served tea on the Veranda. The menu on the table announced the pleasures that were to follow.


Mariage Freres Tea were the featured teas, and there was a selection of four hot teas, and one iced tea to choose. Assam, Earl Grey, Baccarat Blend, Interdit (green oolong blend), or Yuzu Temple (Iced, a citrus green tea).



The gourmet savories included :
  • Honey Crisp Apple 
  • Tartelette with Jambon and Fromage Blanc
  • Foie Gras Mousseline with Blackberry and Pistachio Financier
  • Filet Mignon with Horseradish Creme and Onion Fennel Roll
  • Maine Lobster Salad with Parsnip on Black Sesame Pizelle
  • Savory Pain Perdu with Spinach, Mushroom and Mimolette.

The vegetarian savories were equally as impressive and included:
  • Pistacio Financier, Cashew Mousse, Blackberries
  • Eggplant Ravioli Smoked tofu, Basil
  • Pan Perdu, Espelette Custard, Mushrooms
  • WontonCrisp, Honeycrisp Apple, Beets
  • Mille-Feuille of Hummus, Avocado, Truffle

Scones and Sweets were served together. The Warm Homemade Scones were coconut flavored and served with a very generous portion of Devonshire Cream and Seasonal Gelee.

The sweets included:
  • Black Orchid Mousse au Chocolate
  • Tartlette aux Fruits
  • Jasmine Pistachio Genoise
  • Charlotte Framboise

T2tea

posted Jul 28, 2017, 7:43 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Jul 28, 2017, 7:43 AM ]


Destination number two on the NYC tea tour included a stop at T2tea in Rockefeller Center. This colorful tea shop is located at 620 Fifth Avenue with the entrance on 50th Street. The huge storefront catches your attention with the wide variety of colorful products.

The shop is crammed full from floor to ceiling with towering displays of teas to purchase. This central display table held multiple rows of loose leaf tea so you could see the unique qualities of each tea.



Another area of the store had four different iced teas brewed to sample. All very yummy and full of flavor.The store manager, Marcus, captured our attention as he demonstrated the brewing technique to create several iced matcha lattes. We sampled cinnamon matcha, genmaicha matcha, and chocolate matcha. Using the bamboo whisk, he blended the powdered flavored matcha with hot water, added some soy milk and a touch of honey, whisked a bit more, and then poured that over ice. We all taste tested the creations, and enjoyed each one.





The long line at the register confirmed that tea enthusiasts never have enough tea! There's always something new and different to add to the tea shelves at home! Angelica stood in line with the cinnamon matcha. She was hooked!


Radiance Tea House, NYC

posted Jul 26, 2017, 6:21 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 6:22 AM ]

An adventure into NYC with fellow members of the Mid Atlantic Tea Business Association took us to three distinct tea destinations. Our first stop, and meeting point to connect with everyone, was at Radiance Tea Room in midtown Manhattan. This traditional Taiwanese tea shop features a large selection of books, a beautiful variety of tea ware, and the opportunity to enjoy some delicious foods and flavorful tea.


This was the summer quarterly meeting for MATBA, and about 20 members from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania journeyed into the Big Apple via car or train to experience this adventure that was coordinated by Darlene Meyers Perry (R) of  The Tea Lovers Archives and her blog, The Tea Enthusiasts Scrapbook and Jo Johnson (L) of A Gift of Tea.


While at Radiance Tea House, we enjoyed a tea tasting of Eastern Journey. This lovely blend is a combination of green and black tea flavored with rose, jasmine and sun flowers. Take your taste buds on a journey!


Merchandise of all types was on display in this brightly lit location. The tea room, located at 158 West 55th street is between 6th and 7th Avenue. The culture of the East has been brought to this tea room both in the food and teas that they serve and in the merchandise that fills the shelves.


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