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Celebrating 800 Years of Matcha!

matchabowltea600x399World renowned 16th generation tea master, Mr. Kazunori Handa, is coming to the Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco to share his life’s knowledge of Japanese Matcha tea.

When: Friday, October 9, 2009,  3:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Samovar Tea Lounge (Hayes Valley location)

297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco,CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Admission: Free!

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Tuesday’s Tea Salon: “Spiritual Potential in the New Economy”

Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Rabbi Sydney Mintz

Spiritual Potential in the New Economy

Overcoming fear and adapting to change are two great abilities that can be learned and practiced, and we bring you a Buddhist spiritual leader to help show you the way. Come drink tea, relax and absorb the wisdom of the ages for this new era of spiritual challenges and opportunities.

Featuring Robert Thomas (President of SF Zen Center) & Sydney Mintz (Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El) and Moderated by James Norwood Pratt (Author of New Tea Lover’s Treasury, Tea Dictionary)

About Shisan Robert Thomas:
Robert Thomas has been living and practicing Zen at SF Zen Center since 1993 and has been a student of yoga for 10 years. Ordained as a priest by Norman Fischer in 2000, Robert currently serves as the President of the SF Zen Center.

About Sydney Mintz:
Sydney Mintz is a rabbi at Congregation Emanu- El. She was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, at which time she began her rabbinic career at Temple Emanu-El. Rabbi Mintz directs the social justice programs of the Congregation and leads the family worship services, among her other pulpit responsibilities.

About the Samovar Tea Salon Series “Coping With The New Economy”
Samovar Tea Salon Series invites a small audience to an intimate, open-dialogue forum meant to inspire and energize the community to respond mindfully and optimistically to a rapidly changing social and economic era. Tea Salons will be held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings at Samovar’s new “Hayes Valley” location (297 Page @ Laguna).

These Tea Salons bring together some of the finest Bay Area minds in finance, spirituality, technology, entrepreneurialism, self help and the environment in an interview/forum format, moderated by Samovar owner Jesse Jacobs and events associate Jennifer Sauer (Author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture).

Details
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
7-8:30 p.m. (Come early for dinner!)
Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Tickets are limited to 22 people per event. Samovar Tea Lounge will serve fine premium teas equally valued at the cost of admission ($12) at the start of each event. Dining is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm prior to the forum. Discount tickets are also available: two people for $20 (single event), or three tickets (three individual events) for $30.

All Tea Salons will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and tickets are available for purchase at Samovar’s Hayes Valley location.


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Tuesday’s Tea Salon: “Human Potential in the New Economy”

Human PotentialHuman Potential in the New Economy

How can you accomplish more by doing less? Adaptability, mindfulness, calming down, and doing less.  These are the hallmarks of working to your full potential according to Author, Zen Priest, and Life Coach Marc Lesser and Executive Leadership Coach Pam Weiss. Join two of our community’s great consultants and life coaches who can help you gain leverage from the inside out as you work toward fulfilling your dreams in this unique economic era.

Featuring Marc Lesser (Author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less) & Pam Weiss (Executive Coach)

About Marc Lesser:
Zen priest and business consultant, Marc Lesser, is the author of the new book, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less. Marc has been practicing and studying Zen for 30 years and is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi.  He also has an MBS degree from NYU’s Graduate School of Business and has been a highly regarded consultant to executives in various industries.

About Pam Weiss:
Pam Weiss has been practicing Buddhism since 1987, including several years of Zen monastic training. She is currently in teacher-training with Jack Kornfield, and is also a student of the Diamond Approach. Pam is an executive coach who offers mindfulness classes and leadership development programs inside various organizations. Her passion is in bringing the richness and depth of Buddhist teachings to the world of work and relationships, as well as articulating a feminine expression of the dharma.

About the Samovar Tea Salon Series “Coping With The New Economy”
Samovar Tea Salon Series invites a small audience to an intimate, open-dialogue forum meant to inspire and energize the community to respond mindfully and optimistically to a rapidly changing social and economic era. Tea Salons will be held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings at Samovar’s new “Hayes Valley” location (297 Page @ Laguna).

These Tea Salons bring together some of the finest Bay Area minds in finance, spirituality, technology, entrepreneurialism, self help and the environment in an interview/forum format, moderated by Samovar owner Jesse Jacobs and events associate Jennifer Sauer (Author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture).

Details
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
7-8:30 p.m. (Come early for dinner!)
Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Tickets are limited to 22 people per event. Samovar Tea Lounge will serve fine premium teas equally valued at the cost of admission ($12) at the start of each event. Dining is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm prior to the forum. Discount tickets are also available: two people for $20 (single event), or three tickets (three individual events) for $30.

All Tea Salons will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and tickets are available for purchase at Samovar’s Hayes Valley location.


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Tuesday’s Tea Salon: “The Meaning of Money in the New Economy”

Samovar Tuesday Tea Salon
Samovar Tuesday Tea Salon

The Meaning of Money in the New Economy

How will the value of money change in the coming months and years, and how can you best manage your own money as dollars come and go, rise and fall, with the shifting economic climate? Come sip premium tea with John Marshall, who will help you decipher the best ways to respond to the changing financial picture in the U.S.

Featuring John Marshall-Stella, Principle of Stella Capital and  Moderator James Norwood Pratt

About James Norwood Pratt:
James Norwood Pratt is an author and authority on wine, tea and tea lore. He is best known for his books on tea “The Tea Lover’s Treasury” (1982), “The Tea Lover’s Companion” (1995), and the whimsical “Reading Tea Leaves” (1996) authored as “by a Highland Seer.” In 2000 he brought out “James Norwood Pratt’s NEW Tea Lover’s Treasury,” a complete re-casting of his earlier work in the light of increased information. This book has been translated into German with the title “Tee fur Geniesse” and is often used as a training manual in the US tea trade.

About the Samovar Tea Salon Series “Coping With The New Economy”
Samovar Tea Salon Series invites a small audience to an intimate, open-dialogue forum meant to inspire and energize the community to respond mindfully and optimistically to a rapidly changing social and economic era. Tea Salons will be held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings at Samovar’s new “Hayes Valley” location (297 Page @ Laguna).

These Tea Salons bring together some of the finest Bay Area minds in finance, spirituality, technology, entrepreneurialism, self help and the environment in an interview/forum format, moderated by Samovar owner Jesse Jacobs and events associate Jennifer Sauer (Author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture).

Details
Tuesday, June 16
7-8:30 p.m. (Come early for dinner!)
Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Tickets are limited to 22 people per event. Samovar Tea Lounge will serve fine premium teas equally valued at the cost of admission ($12) at the start of each event. Dining is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm prior to the forum. Discount tickets are also available: two people for $20 (single event), or three tickets (three individual events) for $30.

All Tea Salons will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and tickets are available for purchase at Samovar’s Hayes Valley location.


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Tea Mind

©2009 Jennifer Leigh Sauer

I just finished reading the book The Republic of Tea: Letters to a Young Zentrepreneur, by the company’s original founders, Will Rosenzweig and Mel & Patricial Ziegler.  In a series of whimsical faxes exchanged during the early 1990s between Mel (as mentor) and Will (as mentee), Mel describes not only how to build a company from the ground up, but how to craft a life: “sip by sip, not gulp by gulp.”

As the book progresses, Mel invites both his colleague, Will, and his readers to consider the benefits of Tea Mind– the state of mind one enters at around cup number five, according to Tang Dynasty poet, Lu Tong who wrote, “At the fifth cup, I am purified,” in his poem, Tea Drinking.

“I want what I have,” Mel petitions the reader, through his advice to Will. This statement is at the nucleus of Tea Mind, and the raison d’etre of creating a tea business, particularly in a severe economic downturn.

Wanting what you have provides relief, particularly when you need a distraction from thinking about what you may recently have lost or might lose in the unknown future. Tea is a wonderful tonic for any depression, be it economic or physiological. Tea Mind comes naturally from drinking tea and taking time out of one’s day to be quiet, observant and resident in his or her own stillness. It comes of itself, as easily as the steam.

Tea Mind is enduring and even more important now than it was during that puny recession of the early 1990’s when The Republic of Tea book was written (and the company founded).

Tea Mind is wanting what you have rather than angling to get what you want.  This small shift in words nudges the reader towards a huge yet simple segue in thinking and values. You find that wanting what you have is much more gratifying and takes much less energy than wanting things to be different.  “I want, I want, I want,” says the incumbent monkey mind. Yet when you sit down and sip a rare, hand-crafted oolong made from the ancient trees of China, you suddenly look around, and although life and its present challenges are still the same, you somehow settle into yourself, and the need for things to change somehow evaporates like streaks of steam rising then disappearing from your cup.

Suddenly, you are still and empty, and simply enjoying the gorgeousness of the steam itself, its aroma mingling with the comfort of your favorite books sitting on the shelf, and the lovely color of your living room walls.

Life has changed, and you didn’t do a thing, but drink some tea and start thinking differently. “Wow,” says Tea Mind. “Steam, color, smell.” Tea Mind is that simple:  “I want what I have.”

~Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither~

By Jennifer Leigh Sauer for Samovar Life

Tea Entrepreneur:
Tea Entrepreneur: Will Rosenzweig

Please join Will Rosenzweig, original founder of The Republic of Tea, at the first Samovar Tea Salon series, “Coping With The New Economy”.  The “Minister of Progress” will speak on the topic of Entrepreneurship as the first event of the series.

Details:
Tuesday, June 2
7-8:30 p.m.
Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street/Laguna, San Francisco

(415) 861-0303

Tickets will be available for sale in the Hayes Valley Store location only, for $12 per event. Save money, and purchase the entire series of 6 salons for $65. As this is a very intimate event, there are only 30 available seats. Tickets are non refundable.

Samovar Tea Lounge will serve fine premium teas  at the start of each event. Dining is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm prior to the forum. Discount tickets are also available if purchasing the entire series of 6 salons for $65. All events will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and tickets are available for purchase only at Samovar’s Hayes Valley location.

-Jennifer Leigh Sauer, is a freelance photographer, award-winning video journalist, and author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture (2007). Click here to reach her by email.

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Tuesday’s Tea Salon: “Entrepreneurial Spirit in the New Economy”

Will Rosenzweig- Tea Entrepreneur
Will Rosenzweig- Tea Entrepreneur

Samovar Tea Lounge continues its new Tea Salon Series entitled “Coping With The New Economy” with the second event happening this Tuesday, June 2, 2009.

“Entrepreneurial Spirit in the New Economy”
Will Rosenzweig (Original Founder of The Republic of Tea)

One of the greatest opportunities in a changing tide is to create your own business. For some, it is expedient, as jobs in certain industries evaporate. What makes a great idea for a business and how can it be implemented? Join one of America’s top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, as well as a tea expert. Will Rosenzweig, original founder of The Republic of Tea, will join us and lead the way to inspiring the entrepreneur in you.

About Will Rosenzweig:
Mr. Rosenzweig co-founded and served as President, CEO, and Minister of Progress of The Republic of Tea, an award-winning specialty tea company that is often credited with creating the premium tea category in the United States. He is currently Managing Director of Physic Ventures, a company dedicated to innovative solutions for preventing disease, promoting consumer-driven health and ensuring a sustainable planet for future generations. Mr. Rosenzweig has more than 20 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and educator.

Tea Salon Series entitled “Coping With The New Economy”
Samovar Tea Salon Series invites a small audience to an intimate, open-dialogue forum meant to inspire and energize the community to respond mindfully and optimistically to a rapidly changing social and economic era. Tea Salons will be held bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings at Samovar’s new “Hayes Valley” location (297 Page @ Laguna).

These Tea Salons bring together some of the finest Bay Area minds in finance, spirituality, technology, entrepreneurialism, self help and the environment in an interview/forum format, moderated by Samovar owner Jesse Jacobs and events associate Jennifer Sauer (Author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture).

Details
Tuesday, June 2
7-8:30 p.m.
Samovar Tea Lounge Hayes Valley
297 Page Street (@ Laguna Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 861-0303

Tickets are limited to 30 people per event. Samovar Tea Lounge will serve fine premium teas equally valued at the cost of admission ($12) at the start of each event. Dining is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm prior to the forum. Discount tickets are also available: two people for $20 (single event), or three tickets (three individual events) for $30.

All Tea Salons will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and tickets are available for purchase at Samovar’s Hayes Valley location.


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Hayes Valley

Location Hayes ValleyCentrally located, yet nestled in the quiet residential neighborhood just outside Hayes Valley. A roaring fireplace, long communal table, and several nooks for sipping and chatting make up this tranquil gathering space.

Guidelines for Hosting Your Event

If you have a group of friends or family and you want to create a really special experience, let us arrange a private event for you. Below are the guidelines for setting up an event for Bridal Showers, Office Parties, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Corporate Receptions, and more. If you have additional questions, please email us [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m

Please review the following guidelines and then email us at [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m to discuss the details.

1. What is the date and time of your event?
– Peak Time: 12 noon to 8pm, every day.
– Off Peak Time: 10am – 12 noon, 8pm – 10pm, every day

2. How many guests do you plan to invite?
– For events with 2 to 30 guests, we hold your event during our normal business day, and the space is shared with our other customers.
– For events with over 30 guests, we close down our business just for you, and your party has the entire tea lounge available and dedicated to your event.

3. What would you like to eat and drink?
– We work closely with you to create a menu that is special and that meets your group’s needs (vegan, vegetarian, etc.)
– Either brunch items or non-brunch items can be chosen, depending on the time of day of your event.
– Select the type of tea service from our menu for your group. You can choose several different styles and enjoy sharing.

4. What is your budget?

– $60 per person, including tax and gratuity reservation fee.
– Events in which we close down our entire facility for your event are beautiful, delicious, and really memorable. For pricing information, please contact us to discuss the details.
– Appetizers, dessert, and additional tea are not included in the pricing above. Depending on quantity and specifics, prices for these items will vary. Please ask!

5. Where would you like to have your event?

@ Hayes Valley Samovar, you have two options:

Private Dining Room For up to 30 guests in our private dining room, a large community table, several private nooks, a fireplace, and a beautiful Kuan Yin overlooking the event.

The Entire Tea Lounge
For up to 50 Guests, enjoy the entire tea lounge! For pricing information on reserving the entire space, please email us at [email protected] s a m o v a r l i f e. c o m.

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Private Events

Hayes Valley
Centrally located, yet nestled in the quiet residential neighborhood just outside Hayes Valley, you can have an intimate party or gathering in our “Back Room” for up to 30 of your friends. A roaring fireplace, long communal table, and several nooks for sipping and chatting make up this separate gathering area.

Yerba Buena Gardens
In the heart of San Francisco’s hectic hustle and bustle, yet quietly removed from the din of city life, is our largest location. Settled above the Martin Luther King waterfall in Yerba Buena Gardens. Perfect for large gatherings of up to 300 guests. For corporate parties or personal ones.

Castro-Mission
At the crossroads of 18th and Sanchez Streets, between the Castro and the Mission, our original location hosts a separate private room for up to 15 friends, family, or coworkers. Or, for up to 10 guests, you can reserve the platform.