Tea has a long and storied history. Its discovery is the stuff of Chinese legend. Though we speak much here of its flavor, and a bit of its benefits, our Burgh-centric take on the miracle leaf is admittedly lacking.
Enter the Asia Unreeled series.
Very soon (Saturday, Feb. 23!), the Asia Unreeled series at Winchester Thurston in Shadyside will be showing All In This Tea, a documentary about tea-making and the "search for the richest teas on earth." A co-operative effort between the University of Pittsburgh's Confucius Institute, the Silk Screen Asian Arts & Cultural Organization, and Winchester Thurston, this screening will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the school, followed by a tea tasting!
All In This Tea premiered in 2007, at the San Francisco International Film Festival. According to reviewers, it covers issues ranging from the growing methods and sustainability of tea to fair trade practices in the Chinese tea community.
According to promotional materials, the event is open to the public and free of charge.
. . . Hold up; excuse us? Free tea tasting, and an engaging education in the origins of our favorite hot beverage? How big is this room, again?
More information about the screening can be found by calling Ms. Karen Gaul at (412) 578-7500 ext. 5080, or by visiting the film series' website. There's also more to the story from the folks at Silk Screen; you can check out their website here.
If you have the time, make sure to stop by for the 54-minute documentary, and the celebration of tea that surrounds it! Yet another spot of Camellia culture in our fair city, brought to you at Winchester Thurston.