Author Archives: Babette Donaldson

Babette Donaldson

About Babette Donaldson

Babette Donaldson is the author of the newly published, Everything Healthy Tea (Adams Media) and the series of tea-themed storybooks, The Emma Lea (Blue Gate Books. She has a BA in Creative Writing and in Ceramic Art from San Francisco State University. During her graduate work in ceramics she was introduced to world of tea. “Interpret Teapot” was a frequent assignment requiring research into the worldwide history and culture of tea. Studies of the leaf and brew were the logical net steps. “When I discovered the health benefits, I decided to devote my time to popularizing tea with children. I would like them to discover alternatives to canned sodas and thrive on tea gatherings with their families.” Tea Suite was her first tea business, creating a non-profit tea fundraising program supporting art education in schools.

Babette Donaldson, Author, Blue Gate Books

Leslie Zhang – Putting the “World” in World Tea Expo

Putting the “World” in World Tea Expo (WTE) is the job of international agents like Leslie Zhang, who quietly work behind the scenes to bring international exhibitors to the U.S. For seven years, he has been building network of Chinese tea businesses owners who want to meet Western retailers face-to-face at WTE. He helps...

Twelve Teas To Remember

Book Review: Twelve Teas to Remember

Amy Lawrence, author of Twelve Teas to Remember, has actually made her newest publication like three books in one. The full-color, 160-page book includes recipes, complete seasonal party planning instructions and dozens of her special tips and tricks for hosting perfectly relaxed tea parties. For family party planners, activity directors, caterers, tearoom owners and...

Steeped in Evil

Book Review: Steeped In Evil (A Tea Shop Mystery)

Theodosia Browning returns in the new novel, Steeped In Evil, to solve another bloody murder in Charleston for a fifteenth episode in the series. Through the magic of fiction and the talent of author, Laura Childs, the crime solving tearoom owner manages to remain unruffled in business, serving daily pots of tea and piping...

Babette Donaldson, Author, Blue Gate Books

Tea at Fancy Food Show 2014

Sprinkled between the hundreds of other gourmet food products at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, tea exhibitors managed to be recognized as trendsetters and leaders by event organizers and foodie journalists. Chocolate flavored teas were considered hot and the owners of two tea brands won industry awards. Tyler Gage of...

Cookbook Cover

Book Review: Master Tea Room Recipes

  Master Tea Room Recipes: Large recipes perfect for Tearooms, Caterers and Social Groups by Amy Lawrence “My advice to you is to be creative when you’re planning your menu. You never know what new sandwich or dessert you will invent. Experiment until you find what works for you.” ____________________ Based on her six years...

Book Review: A Tea Reader, Living Life One cup At A Time

A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup At A Time – An anthology of readings for tea lovers old and new. Katrina Avila Munichiello, Editor and Contributor Excerpt from the essay, “The Tea Effect” by George Constance (p.129) “. . . our first customer was a Bourbon Street stripper and our second a Catholic priest. Our...

Bill Hall

Bill Hall, American Tea Planter

CHARLESTON, N.C. Bill Hall, co-owner of the Charleston Tea Plantation describes himself as a tea traditionalist. “I’m not into all the different specialty teas. For me it’s green, oolong and black,”  said Hall. But visitors to the plantation watching him stroll through the fields or pamper his fledgling cuttings in the greenhouse, might not...

Devan Shah

Devan Shah, Tea Mentor

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Devan Shah’s warm smile and generous spirit is evident at a distance. The founder of International Tea Importers and Chado Tea Rooms is a familiar face at tea events where he is always surrounded by listeners animated by his energetic and passionate love of tea. Born into a family of teachers...

Dan Robertson

Dan Robertson: Tea Epiphany

NAPERVILLE, Ill. For some tea people, a tea career is a family legacy. For others, like Dan Robertson, it began with an epiphany — a life altering experience. “In 1994 I was in Wuyishan being served tea by three beautiful women. I was captivated by the delicate preparation and their precise movements. They took...

Bigelow

David & Eunice Bigelow: Tea is Generational

FAIRFIELD, Conn. “Tea is generational,” says Eunice Bigelow. “People remember having tea with their grandmothers, mothers and aunts.” This is especially true of Bigelow Tea Company’s signature blend, Constant Comment, and the three generations of the family who have earned respect as innovators and leaders in the specialty tea industry. In 1959, David Jr....