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Tea and Food Culinary Class – New!

Posted on | January 21, 2014 | Comments

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Tea and Food Culinary Class

Tea In a Food Service Environment

Savvy chefs and restaurateurs are including specialty tea in their menus  – both culinary and beverage menus. Consumer interest and specialty tea sales have trended an upward surge over the last five years – okay, I’ll write it.  Tea sales are HOT.

Tea’s upward trends is somewhat comparative to specialty coffee. Guests expect a special experience when tea or coffee is served and the choices are reflections upon the restaurant as well as the chef.

To better understand tea and food pairing, STI, the Specialty Tea Institute, is offering a new tea class elective, Tea In a Food Service Environment.

The new tea and culinary class is designed and taught by Cynthia Gold, chef and tea sommelier, L’Espalier, Boston Park Hotel.  Co-instructor is Kyle Stewart, The Cultured Cup in Dallas, Texas.

About the Instructors

Cynthia Gold

Cynthia Gold

Cynthia Gold, Tea Sommelier at L’Espalier.  Over a decade ago, Cynthia left the corporate world to pursue a career in the culinary arts. She began her education at Johnson & Wales University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She later attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and Napa Valley, California for advanced classes in pastry, chocolate and baking. With this culinary training, Cynthia has cooked at a multitude of Boston’s finest restaurants including Marais, Biba, Pignoli, Rocco’s and the Back Bay Brewing Company. Additionally, she has first-hand experience as the former owner of Tea Tray in the Sky and Elements Restaurants which received numerous accolades including “Boston’s Best.”

Culinary Tea, by Cynthia Gold and Lise Stern, is available on Amazon.


Kyle_Phil_InsideCupKyle Stewart, The Cultured Cup, Dallas, Texas, is a beverage and food product development and marketing specialist.

A pioneer tea retailer passionate about finding and sharing the world’s best teas, coffees, chocolates and other gourmet food products, Kyle and partner, Phil Krampetz, are well The Cultured Cup – Kyle Stewart – Dallas Texasregarded in business.  The Cultured Cup was recently honored with a Zagat 2014 review of 30.

Tea Class Registration

Tea In A Food Service Environment, Professional Tea and Culinary Class
San Francisco, California, Holiday Inn, Fisherman’s Wharf

Thursday, February 6, 2014    Full Day Class

Course Fee:
STI Members: Reg. $ 450 50% Off =  Introductory:  $225
Non Members: Reg. $ 550 50% Off Introductory: $275

Registration for Tea Classes in San Francisco

Foundations of Tea Levels I & II

To begin the STI Certified Tea Specialist classes, certification begins with Foundations of Tea, Levels I & II which are also offered in San Francisco on February 5 & 6.  The registration form is the same as the tea and culinary class. Registration for Tea Classes in San Francisco



About the Author

Jennifer Petersen is a tea enthusiast, Certified Tea Professional, teaches various aspects about tea as a business, and a marketing consultant to the beverage industry. Always fascinated by other people who love tea, she is a life-long student and admirer of those who choose tea as a lifestyle.